INVERCLYDE councillor Chris McEleny looks set to challenge local MSP Stuart McMillan for the SNP candidacy in next year’s Scottish Parliament elections.
In an open Letter to SNP members in Inverclyde, Mr McEleny, who is a councillor for Gourock, states: “Nominations will soon be open for the 2021 Holyrood elections and I am seeking the nomination to be the SNP candidate for the Greenock and Inverclyde seat.
“As you will know, I have led the party in Inverclyde Council since 2013. During this time I am proud of the many achievements that the SNP have made to help make Inverclyde a better place to live.”
“I love Inverclyde. It is where I live and it is where I will always call home. It would be the privilege of my life to represent our whole community in our nation’s parliament.”
He added: “Inverclyde needs a strong working class voice in the Scottish Parliament to ensure that Inverclyde doesn’t just recover from the coronavirus to a position we were already at, but one that sees our area thrive again.”
Mr McMillan won the Greenock and Inverclyde seat with a majority of 8,230 in May 2016 and had served as a list MSP for the West of Scotland since 2007.