Local Labour party members have chosen Ormiston resident and community activist, Neal Black, to be the party’s candidate in the forthcoming Haddington & Lammermuir by-election.

Neal, who works as a Learner Engagement Officer at Edinburgh College, has lived in Ormiston his entire life and is currently the vice-chair of the village’s community council.

He also represents Ormiston on the Fa’side Area Partnership, which co-ordinates local activity throughout the Fa’side area, including Ormiston and Pencaitland.

As well as his involvement in the community in Ormiston, Neal has a long association with Ross High RFC and is currently the club’s secretary.

He had previously been a mature student at Edinburgh College and also served two terms as the full-time President of the Students’ Association.

Speaking after his selection, Neal Black said:

“I’m delighted that local members have put their faith in me to contest this important election. I can think of no greater honour than being able to serve the community where I was born and have lived my whole life. I’m looking forward to giving my all to the campaign and talking to as many people as possible over the coming weeks. 

“My priority will always be standing up for local interests and defending local services. The current Labour-led administration has made significant investment in the communities that make up the Haddington and Lammermuir ward. If I’m elected on 9th May I’ll work closely with John and Shamin to continue delivering for local people.”

Council Labour Group Leader, Cllr Willie Innes said:

“Neal is an enthusiastic candidate with a really positive track record of involvement in his local community. He is passionate about East Lothian and the needs of local people and I’m sure he will do a first class job standing up for the ward’s interests.”

Iain Gray MSP added:

“Neal is an excellent candidate who genuinely understands and cares about his local area. We could not have hoped for a better representative in this election and I look forward to getting out on the campaign trail with him in the weeks ahead.”

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