Pat is given selection nod

Pat O'Rourke (centre) hopes to join Helen McKenna and Peter Nolan on the council.
Pat O'Rourke (centre) hopes to join Helen McKenna and Peter Nolan on the council.

Motherwell North Labour Party has unanimously selected Pat O’Rourke as their candidate for the upcoming by-election.

This follows the recent death of Councillor Annita McAuley, with the by-election likely to take place some time in the new year.

The Motherwell North ward covers from Newarthill, down through Carfin, New Stevenston, Jerviston, and around the Calder and Daisy Park areas of Motherwell.

It is represented by four councillors, with Labour’s Helen McKenna and Peter Nolan and the SNP’s Shahid Farooq the three incumbents.

Pat lives in Carfin where he spent three years on the community council, and works as a train driver, also being a trade union representative with Aslef.

He said: “This is a by-election we never wanted. Annita McAuley was an excellent campaigner for our local communities and will be sadly missed.

“I am delighted to have been selected as the Labour candidate for the area I was born and brought up in, I live locally and care deeply about getting a fair deal for the people of my community.

“I will continue to work tirelessly to make sure the issues that matter most to local people are addressed by North Lanarkshire Council.

“I am really looking forward to the campaign ahead and speaking to local people across the whole ward, listening to their concerns, and if elected, delivering on their priorities.”

Pat has received the backing of national politicians as he bids to join the council.

Motherwell and Wishaw MP Frank Roy said: “I hope people of Motherwell North elect Pat as their local councillor, Pat will fight for our area and be a strong voice for Motherwell North in the council.

“I know Pat will always be on the side of our local community.”

Uddingston and Bellshill MSP Michael McMahon MSP added: “Pat will be an outstanding councillor for Motherwell North if elected.

“I have seen first hand just how much Pat cares about his local area and is willing to fight hard for local people.”

Motherwell and Wishaw MSP John Pentland commented: “It’s great that Pat has been selected to fight this by-election. I know Pat wants to and will work very hard to speak to as many local people as possible and we are looking forward to the campaign ahead.”