Battle lines are already being drawn in Dundee for the next General Election more than 18 months before the country goes to the polls.
Lesley Brennan, a councillor on Dundee City Council in the East End ward, has been chosen as Scottish Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate in Dundee East for the 2015 election.
The seat is currently held by SNP MP Stewart Hosie, who says he intends to stand for re-election.
Ms Brennan, who was elected as a councillor just last year, said: “It is an honour to have been selected as the prospective parliamentary candidate for the Scottish Labour Party for Dundee East.
“In these difficult times, many millions feel shut out of the slender economic recovery as energy bills soar, prices continue to outpace wages, and family budgets and benefits are squeezed.
“We need to end the pressure to reduce wages, provide consumers with better protection from greedy monopolies, and invest in the employment of our young people and in the under-developed potential of small businesses. More than ever, we need an alternative, a society built on fairness, social justice and equality.”
Ms Brennan, a former pupil at Lawside Academy, graduated with a first-class honours degree in economics from Abertay University in 1999 and a master’s degree in economics in Edinburgh in 2001.
She later worked as a research assistant and teaching fellow at Abertay University, and was a teaching and research fellow for the Joint Centre for Scottish Housing Research between 2002 and 2007.
Mr Hosie was elected in 2005 having worked in IT and computing for 20 years.
He said: “The next election we face is the European election in 2014, and our focus is very much on that, followed by the independence referendum in September 2014, which I firmly expect we will win. If that happens, Scotland will still need strong voices in Westminster until the independence election for Holyrood in 2016. I therefore intend to defend the seat in 2015 and hope to remain the MP until the independence election in 2016.”
Mr Hosie, 50, is the depute leader of the SNP Group at Westminster, speaking in the House of Commons on finance and treasury matters.
He is married to Shona Robison, SNP MSP for Dundee City East.