INVERCLYDE Labour have selected sitting councillors Colin Jackson and Michael McCormick as their candidates for the Inverclyde Central Ward at May’s council elections.
Both have lived in the ward — which covers east central Greenock — for many years.
Colin lives with his family in Overton and runs his own glazing business.
Michael lives in the East End with his wife and recently retired after many years running the family business, McCormick’s newsagents, and serving as a local sub-postmaster.
Elected for the first time in 2017, Colin has gained the reputation of being a campaigning councillor on housing and other issues.
Michael was first elected in 2003 and served as provost for five years. He is currently convener of the council’s environment and regeneration committee.
Colin said: “I’m really proud to have been selected once again as a Labour candidate for Inverclyde Central at next year’s council elections. I am looking forward to campaigning with Michael to ensure we again return two Labour Councillors for the ward.
“It will be a tough challenge but we are up for the fight. I have really enjoyed my first term as a councillor and have sought to highlight issues that are important to my constituents and many other residents across Inverclyde.
“Over the coming months I will be out and about in the ward speaking to residents to find out what they see as the priorities for the council over the next five years.”
Michael said: “I am delighted to have been selected as one of the Labour candidates for Inverclyde Central. I was born and bred in the East End and have lived and worked there all my life.
“Being a local newsagent and sub-postmaster I was used to people turning to me for help and this gave me a good understanding of the issues faced by my constituents when I first became a councillor in 2003.
“I have worked hard over the years to improve the areas I have represented and I would like to think I have made a difference. It would be great to have the opportunity to continue this work for another five years.”
Inverclyde Council Labour leader Stephen McCabe said: “Colin and Michael make a great team for Labour in Inverclyde Central. They are both rooted in their communities and know how to get things done for the benefit of their constituents.”