Date set for Langside ward by-election

Stock ballot box image
Stock ballot box image

Langside is one of four wards to be contested in by-elections on August 6 following the resignation of Green councillor Liam Hainey.

The southside area (ward seven) will vote alongside Craigton, Calton, and Anderston City to elect a new council representative.

The by-election was triggered in other wards by councillors stepping up to Westminster after May’s general election — but in Langside, councillor Hainey stepped down as a result of ill health and family circumstances.

He said: “It has been a privilege to serve my constituents and the people of Glasgow but, with regret, my health and family circumstances mean that I do not feel that I am able to render the service to the people of my ward which they deserve.”

Thanking him for his service, Greens co-convener Dr Martin Bartos said: “We respect Liam’s decision and will miss his contribution to the full council, where he spoke eloquently and passionately in support of social justice and the environment.”

Nominations have now closed for the August 6 by-election, and the candidates vying for the Langside seat announced.

Eileen Dinning will contest for the Scottish Labour Party, Ian Leech for the Scottish Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition and Will Millinship for the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

Cailean Mongan is standing for UKIP, Robert Pollock for the Scottish Greens and Anna Richardson for SNP, while Kyle Thornton will represent the Scottish Conservatives.

Information on polling stations is available at www.glasgow.gov.uk.