Meet Alison Taylor, Scottish Labour candidate for Paisley and Renfrewshire North who will be standing against the SNP’s Gavin Newland’s, John Boyd of the Lib Dems and David Gardiner Scottish Conservatives.
Alison, 50 said today: “I confirm that I submitted my nomination papers today as Labour’s chosen candidate for Paisley and Renfrewshire North in the 2017 General Election on 8 June.
“Jim Murphy, former Secretary of State for Scotland has endorsed my campaign. Jim fought hard in 2014 to ensure our Union stayed intact. I will oppose a divisive 2nd referendum whilst spreading a positive message for jobs, investment and opportunity for all in this area.
Photo: Alison Taylor
Alison is a senior director and chartered surveyor and has nearly thirty years of experience in business, locally and nationally.
She joined the Labour Party in 1998 having campaigned for a yes, yes vote in the devolution referendum in 1997.
Sitting as the Chair of Scottish Labour’s business forum for many years she has taken a lead in bringing Labour and the Scottish business community together to improve Labour’s understanding of business and creating opportunities for the Labour politicians and business leaders to work together.
Alison studied at Paisley College of Technology and has lived locally since 1996. She is married and has a grown up daughter.
She also campaigned to remain in the UK during the independence referendum and is committed to opposing a second independence referendum. Alison also supported remain in the EU referendum last year and will work to oppose a hard Tory Brexit.
She said: “I won’t go to Westminster to back a hard Brexit either. The economy in Scotland is flat lining and we need to ensure jobs, workers’ rights and investment are protected during the Britexit negotiations ahead.
“I will be standing up for Renfrewshire and Scotland’s interests every step of the way. I believe only Labour can win this seat from the SNP on June 8th and hope to appeal to a large part of the constituency on these two most important issues affecting our community’s future.“