At its annual general meeting on Sunday Moray Constituency Labour Party (CLP) selected local teacher and anti-poverty campaigner Jo Kirby as their candidate for the forthcoming Scottish Parliament elections. In a secret ballot of local members Ms Kirby was selected unanimously.
Addressing the online meeting, Jo outlined her priorities for the forthcoming election, with a particular focus on education, poverty and inequality, and economic development. Following the ballot Jo expressed her delight at the vote of confidence from local members:
“I’m thrilled to have received such a ringing endorsement from local members in my home area. Having worked as a teacher in Moray for almost twenty years I am acutely aware of the challenges local families face. I’m going to fight this election with a positive vision of what needs to be done: improving opportunities for Moray families by investing in education for all ages; attracting new jobs, better jobs, to the area so that people aren’t forced to leave for work; and ending austerity and investing the local services that are used by all Moray residents and, in particular, older and more vulnerable members of our community.”
Jo’s address to the meeting came with a stark warning for the SNP and Conservatives:
“In the past couple of elections we’ve seen a pathetic ding-dong between the SNP and Tories on constitutional issues because they’re too scared of their abysmal records both nationally and locally. Moray voters know that it’s time for a change, but swapping SNP cuts for Tory austerity won’t make a jot of difference. If Moray voters want a real alternative they only have one choice and that’s to vote Labour.”
Jo is exactly the sort of representative we need for Moray. I’ve seen first-hand the great work that Jo has done over the years with Moray’s young people, and I know she’ll make a brilliant MSP. Cllr John Divers