The Liberal Democrat candidate for Cowdenbeath on May 4th’s elections for Fife Council is Elizabeth Riches, one of Fife Council’s most senior members. She is also standing as an MP for the General Election being held on 8th June 2017.
A resident of Anstruther, Mrs Riches has represented the East Neuk and Landward ward for 27 years. She also served as leader of the opposition in Fife Council for ten years and depute leader of Fife Council from 2007-2012.
Her decision to stand in Cowdenbeath has puzzled some of the East Neuk’s residents, who had been told she was looking forward to a well-earned retirement.
Now today the Liberal Democrats have announced that Mrs Riches has been selected as their candidate for Westminster on June 8. She is standing in her home turf, which is also one of the Liberal Democrats’ few target seats in Scotland.
No announcement has been made about her withdrawal from the Council election next week.
Ms Riches says:
“I want to be the Member of Parliament for North East Fife so that I can stand up in Westminster for our area. North East Fife deserves a representative who will put the needs of the local area first.”
Where does that leave prospective Liberal Democrat voters in Cowdenbeath?