SNP leader Alex Salmond
and depute leader Nicola Sturgeon have paid tribute to SNP councillor
Danny Coffey, whose sudden death was confirmed
Danny Coffey was
Ayrshire's longest serving nationalist councillor and a former Provost
of Kilmarnock & Loudoun District Council. He served as an elected member
of the SNP's National Council and National Executive Committee, and
stood as the SNP candidate in Kilmarnock & Loudoun for the 2003 Holyrood
and 2005 Westminster elections.
Danny joined the SNP in 1972. A founder member of Kilmarnock North
Branch, he served as an Elected Member of the SNP's National Council and
National Executive Committee and has been Depute Party Spokesman for
Local Government and Depute Party Spokesman for Europe and Foreign
Cllr Coffey stood as the SNP candidate in Kilmarnock & Loudoun for the
2003 Scottish Parliament elections and the 2005 Westminster election.
Ayrshire's longest serving Nationalist Councillor (20 consecutive
years), Danny served Kilmarnock & Loudoun well on Strathclyde Regional
Council, Kilmarnock & Loudoun District Council (where he served as
Provost from 1992 to 1996) and on East Ayrshire Council since 1995.
Danny represented the SNP on the European Committee of the Regions from
1994-1998, in which he served as Bureau Member and Treasurer of the
European Alliance Group.
A lifelong supporter of Kilmarnock Football Club Danny is Treasurer of
Kilmarnock FC Supporters Association and Kilmarnock FC Supporters Travel
Club. He was also a Member of Kilmarnock No 0 Burns Club and Honorary
President of Kilmarnock Amateur Operatic Society; Patron of Kilmarnock
Concert Brass and is a former Marathon runner.