muirkirk in the hills of ayrshire - from the muirkirk enterprise group


Danny Masterton - footballer

Solidarity Press Release - 2008

Solidarity, Scotland's Socialist Movement have announced their candidate for the forthcoming by-election for the Ballochmyle ward of East Ayrshire Council. Danny Masterton (pictured, above) from Muirkirk was selected by local activists to carry the Solidarity banner in the ballot. Danny, 54, a former professional footballer, is a well-known local trade unionist who has worked as a miner, fitter and then 10 years in open casts. He is now a full-time carer.

Danny is a member of Coalfields Solidarity, formed by workers in Scotland's coal industry. He said:

"I am proud to be chosen as Solidarity's candidate for this by-election. If elected, people know that I will not let them down. I know the problems facing local families as fuel bills and living costs go up, and wages come down. This area needs jobs, but not by bribing employers with grants, who disappear when the free rent runs out, real sustainable, local jobs rooted in the community."

Solidarity Convenor Tommy Sheridan said:

"This is great news. Danny Masterton is a real working class fighter who will stand up for his community. Solidarity is delighted that he has accepted the nomination and I am looking forward to joining Danny, campaigning in East Ayrshire."