CLP selects candidates for Bannockburn, Bridge of Allan & Dunblane, and Stirling West

The Stirling Constituency Labour Party (CLP) have today unveiled the candidates who will stand in the 2017 Local Authority Elections in the Bannockburn, Bridge of Allan & Dunblane, and Stirling West wards.


margaret-and-violetIn Bannockburn, current councillors Margaret Brisley and Violet Weir will be standing for re-election.

Violet is a former NHS nurse and lives with husband Alistair in Bannockburn.  She was first elected to Stirling Council in a by-election in 2009.  Violet is currently the Portfolio Leader for Housing on Stirling Council.  Violet is a former nurse who worked at Stirling Royal Infirmary for 24 years and then in community nursing for 12 years.  Her husband was a miner at Polmaise Colliery and was on strike for a year in 1984-85.

Margaret was first elected as a councillor for Bannockburn in 1980, the community where she has lived all of her life.  A former teacher, Margaret has been a councillor in the current Bannockburn ward since 2007.

Bridge of Allan & Dunblane

mike-robbinsMembers in Bridge of Allan & Dunblane have chosen Mike Robbins to be their candidate.  Mike has lived in Dunblane for nearly thirty years with his wife Jayne. They have two grown up children.  Mike is currently Provost of Stirling Council.



Stirling West

christine-simpsonIn Stirling West Christine Simpson, who has represented this ward since 2012, will be standing for re-election. Christine has held the challenging portfolio for Social Care and Health, overseeing the process of the integration of Health Services in Forth Valley with Stirling Council’s social work services and the development of the Stirling Care Village.

Christine says,

I believe that my long career in public service in Stirling has given me the experience and understanding of the problems faced by many of my constituents and I am committed to representing their interests to the best of my ability. I would welcome the opportunity to continue to contribute to the wellbeing of the people of the Stirling West communities.