Published: 10/06/2017 07:01 - Updated: 09/06/2017 12:50

Labour's Nick Taylor standing in Elgin North

Nick Taylor
Nick Taylor

LABOUR’S candidate for the Elgin North by-election is aiming to stop Moray’s brain drain.

Politics lecturer Nick Taylor wants to see a health centre in the ward, which does not have one in the moment.

The by-election – the first to be held in Scotland since the local government ballot on May 4 – has been called because Independent candidate Sandy Cooper resigned after only a few days in the job.

Mr Taylor, who also stood in the ward for last month’s vote, wants more to be done to keep the brightest people in the area.

He said: "We need to improve opportunities for young people in Moray.

"There is a brain drain and that needs to change.

"Young people go off to college or university and they don’t come back because there are few graduate opportunities here."

Mr Taylor wants to see educational attainment rise and issues with the school estate addressed.

He is keen to see improvements to bus services, which have recently been cut.

Mr Taylor said: "There are transport issues and that needs to be taken into local authority control.

"There’s a lack of a GP surgery in the North of Elgin.

"I know several people who have to go to Linkwood Medical and you can’t even get a direct bus across town.

"There are plans for a health provision with the Findrassie development, but that’s years away.

"We need to work with NHS Grampian to arrange something, even a facility that’s open two or three days a week."

One other candidate so far, Conservative Maria McLean, has announced their intention to contest the seat.

Nominations for the by-election close on Monday, with the vote taking place on Thursday, July 13.

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