Clarkston resident Kirsten Oswald has been chosen by the Scottish National Party to stand for the East Renfrewshire seat in this year’s general election.
The mum-of-two is known locally for her work on community site and Facebook group Clarkston.com, which allows residents to swap tips and discuss the issues of the day.
She is also a prominent member of East Renfrewshire Women for Independence, and through the group has been involved in collections for the East Ren foodbank.
Kirsten told The Extra: “I am absolutely delighted to have been selected by the local SNP members to fight for East Renfrewshire.
“I’m a relatively new member of the SNP so I’m not a traditional politician, and I think it’s really important to have a candidate whose key focus is on the people who live in our area.
“It’s vital that we have an MP who really understands the issues and concerns of local people, and whose main priority is tackling them.
“We need a strong advocate for our communities.
“This is a real opportunity for change, and it’s clear that electing an SNP MP is the way to secure the best outcomes for Scotland and for East Renfrewshire.”
The SNP candidate has the backing of west of Scotland MSP Stewart Maxwell. He added: “I am delighted that Kirsten has been selected.
“The people of East Renfrewshire deserve a determined MP who will listen to their views and stand up for their needs at Westminster.
“Kirsten is an outstanding candidate who will work tirelessly for her constituents and I look forward to working with her as part of a strong SNP team in East Renfrewshire.”