Jordan sets out election hopes

Jordan hopes to be youngest ever NLC councillor
Jordan hopes to be youngest ever NLC councillor

Bellshill teenager Jordan Linden hopes to bring a fresh approach if he is elected for the SNP in the Motherwell North by-election this month.

At just 18, he would be the youngest councillor in North Lanarkshire Council’s history, but the former Cardinal Newman High pupil doesn’t see this as a negative.

He said: “I’m delighted to have been selected by the local SNP branch to contest this election.

“This is an election I look forward to contesting with a positive outlook, providing solutions to problems rather than sweeping them under the carpet. 

“This is an opportunity for the people living in the Motherwell North Ward to elect a new candidate, who is passionate, vibrant and enthusiastic about the opportunity to represent them and take forward their firmly held views.

“This is a chance for change and for a fresh perspective and I am excited about the potential opportunity of representing the people of Motherwell North at North Lanarkshire Council.”

Central Scotland list MSP Richard Lyle backed Jordan.

He said: “Even though he is 18 the SNP wanted to give him the chance to stand and as someone who lives in the ward I would urge Motherwell North constituents to give him the chance to represent them.

“He has many positive attributes and in a lot of ways reminds me of myself at that age.”

Also contesting the by-election on January 23 are Labour’s Pat O’Rourke, Conservative’s Bob Burgess and UKIP’s Neil Wilson.