Scottish Labour’s candidate in the 2019 General Election is Mary Kate Ross. Mary Kate is a nineteen year old History and Politics student studying at the University of Stirling and if elected will be the youngest MP in the country.
Motherwell born Mary comes from a strong line of Labour activists, including her father, a former North Lanarkshire Labour councillor. At university Mary is the Vice-Chair of the Labour students’ society and the Chair of the Stirling University Tenants Housing Association.
“I was fourteen when the SNP tried to rip apart the United Kingdom and sixteen when the Tories tried to rip us out of Europe. I didn’t have a voice or a vote on the two biggest issues that will affect my future and that simply isn’t acceptable. Since I was seven years old, the SNP have been in charge of Education in Scotland and by every measure they are failing my generation. On climate change, my generation has had to resort to taking days off school to make our voices heard. Enough is enough. The youth of Scotland will no longer be silenced by entitled Tories and blinkered nationalists. If elected to be Stirling’s MP, I will stand up for all of Stirling’s communities and I will ensure that everybody, regardless of their age, has a bright and fair future.’
On the attraction of standing as a candidate in Stirling, Mary Kate says,
“Stirling is now my home and I want to represent Stirling as your MP in Westminster. I moved to Stirling two years ago because I was attracted to the city, the university and the possibilities of a fantastic life here at the heart of Scotland. I cannot think of anything better than committing my career to ensuring Stirling has another strong and vibrant Labour champion, as it did for so long under Anne McGuire. I live in the city and I am a keen champion of tenants’ rights because I believe everybody, no matter their age or circumstances, deserves a warm, secure home. This election is about the future I will fight to ensure everybody has a good job paying a fair wage and a safe place to come home to at night.”
Stirling Constituency Labour Party Chair Mike Robbins says,
“Stirling has been a university town for fifty years and I’m delighted that we’ve found Stirling’s next MP from its leafy campus. Our local party was impressed by Mary-Kate’s passion for the town and clarity of thought on the issues that affect everybody, but in particular youth issues. Contrast that with Stephen Kerr who has done nothing but inflict Brexit misery on Stirling and an SNP MEP candidate who thinks of Stirling as a back-up plan for when his European gravy train comes off the tracks. Stirling has a clear choice between continued constitutional chaos or a bright future under Labour. Every vote for Mary Kate Ross is a vote for a brighter, fairer future.”
You can keep up with Mary’s campaign on social media via www.facebook.com/stirlinglabour, or on twitter @labourstirling. You can contact the campaign to tell Mary about the issues that are important to you by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org