Members of North Berwick Coastal Labour Party have chosen local resident Carol McFarlane to succeed the retiring Jim Goodfellow, who she has worked with closely during his time as a councillor, as their candidate for May’s local election.
A North Berwick resident for over 30 years, Carol is a member of the town’s community council and provides baking for the Beacon Lunch Club at St Andrew Blackadder Church. Both her daughters attended Law Primary School and then North Berwick High School.
She is a retired primary school teacher who trained at Moray House and taught in various schools, finishing her career at Preston Tower Primary in Prestonpans. During this time, she organised football and netball teams and was a trade union representative.
Carol is also the Chair of the local Labour Party branch, the Women’s Officer for East Lothian Constituency Labour Party and was closely involved in the campaign for Scotland to remain part of the UK in 2014.
Speaking about her selection, Carol McFarlane said:
“I’m delighted to have been chosen as the Labour candidate for this ward. Jim Goodfellow has been an outstanding councillor over the last decade who has worked tirelessly for local people and communities – he will be a very hard act to follow.
“However, I am confident that my experience as a teacher and campaigner, along with my great love of North Berwick and our wonderful area, will enable me to be an excellent representative for this ward.
“The next Council session will have to focus on Covid recovery and ensuring services are protected and communities supported. My priorities will be our schools and young people, getting the Edington fully reopened, pushing for more affordable housing and assisting local businesses and community groups.
“Above all else, I will always stand up for the interests of North Berwick, Gullane, Aberlady, Dirleton and the other villages in this ward and fight for our fair share of funding from the SNP Government.”