Thomas Docherty

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Thomas Docherty the local Labour candidate for Dunfermline and West Fife is a property and development adviser for a communications consultancy.

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Thomas Docherty is the Labour Candidate in Dunfermline and West Fife. Thomas lives in Dunfermline with his wife Katie and their son. He is property and development adviser for a communications consultancy, having previously worked for Network Rail, BNFL and as a research assistant.

Thomas' father-in-law is the Labour councillor for the Dunfermline North Ward. He is Chair of his local Residents' Association and in his spare time is studying for a degree in history from the Open University. He is a season ticket holder at Dunfermline FC.

In early 2005, Docherty was part of an "all-PR" shortlist to become Labour candidate for the constituency of Copeland, which includes BNFL's Sellafield plant. The constituency was previously held by Jack Cunningham, a longstanding advocate of nuclear power. The other people on the shortlist were [1]:

Reed was selected, and held the seat for Labour. Reporting the story shortly after the election, PR Week wryly observed: "What this can mean for the re-elected Labour government's commitment to pump billions into a raft of new nuclear power stations, we couldn't possibly say." [2]

However another of the PR men on the shortlist, Stuart Bruce, seemed quite clear about the significance of Reed's electoral success. A few days after the election, he wrote: "One of the challenges facing Jamie will be to help push the government into an essential replacement programme for our nuclear power stations. Good luck." [3]

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Civil Nuclear Industry Scottish CPG role

Docherty used to represent the UKAEA on the Scottish Parliament's Civil Nuclear Industry CPG, according to the CPG's website [4]

After the Scottish Sunday Herald started researching the links between the CPG and lobbyists, Docherty's name was removed from the site [5] [6].

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