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SNP name candidate seeking to retain vacant seat in Aberdeen Council by-election next month

Miranda Radley has been selected as the SNP candidate for the Kincorth, Nigg And Cove council by-election.
Miranda Radley has been selected as the SNP candidate for the Kincorth, Nigg And Cove council by-election.

A caseworker working for an Aberdeen MP has been unveiled as the SNP’s candidate for a vacant seat on the city council.

Miranda Radley, who works in Kirsty Blackman’s office, will look to retain the Kincorth, Nigg And Cove seat for her party.

The by-election was called after Stephen Flynn resigned in March, having gained the Aberdeen South MP for the SNP in the December general election.

There are three other councillors still serving the ward currently.

Originally scheduled for May 14, polling day was put on hold due to the pandemic.

It has been rescheduled for November 5.

Aberdeen University graduate, Ms Radley, told The P&J she would campaign to protect green belt land at Leggart Brae, halt a proposed link road at the new harbour, demand safe routes to schools and push for better transport links including a rail station in the south of the city.

Last month, a long-running feud erupted among councillors over safety of pupils crossing busy dual carriageway Wellington Road to access Lochside Academy.

Ms Radley, 24, said: “If elected I pledge to put what matters most to residents at the heart of the council and be the hard-working and committed local representative the ward deserves.

“My work has given me experience of helping people access the support and assistance they require, and advocating on their behalf in often difficult and complicated circumstances.

“I’ve already heard from people about what they would like to see in this area.

“That’s why I’ll be campaigning on issues that matter to residents including protecting greenspace, improving transport links and ensuring children have safe routes to schools.”

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