SNP candidates announced

THE MONTROSE branch of the SNP has announced that Councillor Paul Valentine and branch secretary Bill Duff have been adopted as its candidates for this year’s Angus Council election.

Mr Valentine was born in Montrose and has lived locally all his life. He worked at GlaxoSmithKline as a process operator, data maintenance executive and production planner but has also worked for Vetco Gray.

Elected in 2007 as a councillor for Montrose and District, he has worked to help constituents across the full range of council services. He has also played a full part in local organisations and charities, which is part of a councillor’s duties. Mr Valentine is also a committee member of the Montrose Music Festival and serves as the treasurer of the Montrose SNP branch.

Mr Duff has lived in Montrose since 1982 and moved to the town to work for GSK as a chemist. Over 24 years with the pharmaceutical company he worked in production management, IT projects, business improvement and logistics. He is now carrying out business improvements in the financial sector which has seen him work in Bolton, Dublin, Edinburgh, Southampton and Southend over the past two years.

Outside of work, Mr Duff is a director and treasurer of Tennis Tayside and within the SNP he is the Angus North & Mearns Constituency Association convener and was Nigel Don’s election agent in last year’s Scottish Parliamentary election.

Their adoption by the branch was welcomed this week by Mr Don.

He said: “I’m looking forward to working closely with Paul and Bill and am sure that both will be hard working and effective councillors.”