Council Elections

Stirling lecturer elected as councillor

Herald Scotland

Credit: The Herald Scotland

A lecturer at the University of Stirling has been elected as a Conservative councillor.

John McLellan, who teaches Journalism Studies, gained more votes than any other candidate in Edinburgh’s Craigentinny and Duddingston ward.

Other candidates elected to represent the ward are the SNP’s Ian Campbell, Labour’s Joan Griffiths and Alex Staniforth for the Greens.

Mr McLellan has been teaching at the university since 2012.

He was editor of The Scotsman from 2009 to 2012, and then director of communications for the Scottish Conservatives until 2013.

He is also currently director of the Scottish Newspaper Society.

Mr McLellan said: “Obviously I’m delighted to have been elected to the City of Edinburgh Council and I’ve certainly got a lot more respect for politicians now I know what months of hard campaign work feels like.

“But now the really hard work begins in representing the people who have elected me.”

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