Carnoustie lady aims for Westminster

A former Carnoustie woman is fixing to oust Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy from his seat.

Kirsten Oswald is standing as the SNP candidate for the East Renfrewshire constituency in the General Election next week.

She comes from a background of public service and politics with her mother, Helen Oswald, the serving Provost of Angus and father Ed a long-standing member of Carnoustie Community Council.

A former pupil of Carlogie Primary School and Carnoustie High, Kirsten has a history degree from Glasgow University and has lived with her family in Clarkston for the last seven years.

East Renfrewshire has traditionally been considered a safe Labour seat, with the party gaining 51 per cent of the votes at the 2010 General Election, the Conservatives picking up 30 per cent of the vote and the SNP and Lib Dems tied with just nine per cent. But political pundits are whispering of a potential upset for Labour, especially due to a changed political landscape in the wake of the Independence Referendum.

Kirsten said: “It has been a very busy and very interesting few months of campaigning. I’ve had the chance to talk to so many people in all areas of East Renfrewshire, and it’s been great to get such a positive response to the SNP plans to end austerity and make Scotland’s voice heard at Westminster like never before.

“We’ll be continuing to work hard right up to polling day, in the hope of a positive result, however we take absolutely nothing for granted.”

Her father, Ed, added: “We are delighted that Kirsten is standing for election, and we wish her every success. She would be an absolutely outstanding representative for the people of East Renfrewshire.”