STRANRAER and North Rhins councillor Willie Scobie has been selected by Dumfries and Galloway Labour Party members to fight for the new Galloway and West Dumfries seat in the Scottish Parliament next May.
From the Scottish Parliament's 2011 election in May, the Dumfries constituency will be abolished, with the town being divided into two new constituencies - Dumfriesshire, and Galloway and West Dumfries.
Willie said: "I was born and bred here. Everyone knows I live and breathe this part of Scotland which sadly has been forgotten by the Edinburgh SNP government. I am committed to fighting for the issues that matter to local people - housing, local schools and healthcare. This is such an important election as we must stand up to the damaging cuts the Tories are forcing upon us.
"The general election result in May and the recent boundary changes that brings in a large part of Dumfries, makes this seat a clear two horse race between Labour and the Tories. Now more than ever we need an MSP who will be able stand up in the Scottish Parliament and fight for our area. We need a strong local voice in the Scottish Parliament, who can champion Galloway and West Dumfries."
Local MP Russell Brown added: "I've known Willie for years and seen firsthand how he fights relentlessly for local people. He understands the real issues that face ordinary people day in day out. Willie would be a strong local voice as an MSP. People in our area know that the only way to show the Tories their anger over their ruthless cuts is to vote Labour next May."