Labour announce candidate for town by-election

Bill Miller Photographers. Bonny Bairn competition 2010. Under two 2.
Bill Miller Photographers. Bonny Bairn competition 2010. Under two 2.

THE LABOUR Party has selected Ron Thoms as their candidate to contest the Carnoustie and District council by-election which is set to take place in February.

Mr Thoms was born and brought up in Dundee, but has lived in Carnoustie for the past two years with his wife, Margaret.

He is a qualified accountant after joining NCR in 1964 when he completed a commercial apprenticeship on leaving Logie Secondary School.

His work took him a far afield as South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe before he returned to the UK in 1987.

Now semi-retired, Mr Thoms, a father of three and grandfather of five, is involved in a number of activities including the Oyster Trust in Arbroath, where he is a trustee and founding member.

The trust reaches out to young adults in the town and also operates a Fair Trade shop, which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary.

He is also treasurer of the Tay Valley Historical Society and a member of Dundee Speakers’ Club. He is a member of Broughty Ferry Baptist Church where he has held the position of Deacon and treasurer.

Recently he has become a member of Carnoustie Probus Club and, as a keen golfer, he is also a member of Carnoustie Golf Club.

Although a comparative newcomer to the town, Mr Thoms says he is a strong supporter of Carnoustie Business Association and their stance in regard to the economic future of the town.

He said: “I support the Business Association’s determination to pressurise Angus Council to identify funding for the proposed Carnoustie Business Park by lobbying the Scottish Government and the European Union.

“I would support overtures to the ruling administration to take this matter further in the interests of improving employment prospects in and around Carnoustie.”

The poll will be held on Thursday, February 3, due to Councillor Ralph Palmer’s decision to step down after suffering from ill health.