Former Labour councillor joins the SNP

Ramsay and Linda (right) Millar are welcomed into the fold as they meet First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the SNP manifesto launch in Edinburgh on Monday.
Ramsay and Linda (right) Millar are welcomed into the fold as they meet First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the SNP manifesto launch in Edinburgh on Monday.

A former Labour councillor and his wife have decided to join the SNP just days before the General Election takes place.

Ramsay and Linda Millar from New Stevenston had been Labour members for decades, he serving as a councillor in the old Central Regional Council, while she was named on the West of Scotland list in the Scottish Government election of 2011.

Ramsay was a party activist for over 40 years becoming Local Government Secretary in North Lanarkshire, having previously also held the role in Stirling.

Linda joined the party in 1990 and rose to be a member of the Labour Party Scottish Executive in 2012, but resigned a year later.

She said: “For some time I have been concerned with the direction Labour in Scotland has been going, and do not feel that this is the same Labour Party I joined 25 years ago.

“Last week I made the decision to join the SNP with my husband as we have been hugely impressed with Nicola Sturgeon, and believe that a strong group of SNP MPs will deliver real change.

“We both believe that if we want a better future for our children and grandchildren, the SNP are the only party offering a positive vision for Scotland.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon added: “I am delighted to welcome Linda and Ramsay to the growing ranks of the SNP, they have shown a dedication to working for their local communities for many years, and believe electing SNP MPs is the best way forward for their family and for Scotland.”