SNP names Ed Oswald as by-election candidate

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LOCAL man Ed Oswald has been selected by Carnoustie and District SNP to contest the by-election sparked by the retiral through ill health of Councillor Ralph Palmer. He is well known in the town through his community activities.

Ed is currently vice-chair of Carnoustie Community Council which he first joined in 1991, making him the longest serving member. He is also a member of the town’s Gala Committee, Crime Prevention Panel and Horticultural Society.

Ed and his wife Helen have lived in Carnoustie since 1975. The couple have two married daughters, Kirsten and Linsey, both of whom were educated locally, and three grandchildren.

“I’m always proud to say I come from Carnoustie and am passionate about selling the town to the wider world,” he said.

Most of Ed’s working life was spent in manufacturing and after taking early retirement four years ago, he went to work for Carnoustie Golf Links as a starter on the Championship and Burnside courses.

“As a community councillor I’ve developed a deep understanding of the town and the issues affecting it,” said Ed. “I’ve also got a firm grasp of the things that matter to the other distinctive communities like Newbigging, Monikie, Barry and Muirdrum that fall within the Carnoustie and District ward boundaries.

“I believe I have the background, knowledge and commitment to be an effective representative for the area.

“By voting for me as the SNP candidate the public know what they’ll get – a hard working, accessible, full-time councillor who is up front about his motives and politics.”

Ed, whose wife is leader of the SNP Group on Angus Council, has been a member of the SNP since 1960 and is currently convener of the Carnoustie and District branch.

His selection as the SNP candidate has been warmly welcomed by Angus MSP Andrew Welsh.

Mr Welsh said: “I have known Ed for many years and have no hesitation in saying that he would be an excellent representative for the Carnoustie area. He has great knowledge and understanding of the communities within the ward and has the personal qualities required to be a hard-working and effective Angus councillor.”

Retiring Councillor Ralph Palmer commented: “It is a matter of deep regret to me that I have been forced to stand down, but I take great consolation from knowing that in Ed, Carnoustie would be getting a first-class and dedicated councillor.

“I am fully behind Ed’s campaign to become our new councillor and would encourage everyone to come out on polling day and back his candidacy.”