Scottish Liberal Democrats announce full slate of candidates


With the close of nominations, the Scottish Liberal Democrats have announced a full slate of candidates to contest the forthcoming general election.

In addition to previously announced candidates in Lib Dem target seats such as journalist and broadcaster Christine Jardine in Edinburgh West and former business minister Jo Swinson in East Dunbartonshire, the party has announced that former MP Alan Reid will contest Argyll and Bute, where the Lib Dem Council Group grew and Dr Jean Davis for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, the former seat of Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy where the party is only 5,000 votes behind.

Announcing the full candidate list, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

“The Scottish Liberal Democrats are the only party who are pro-EU, pro-UK and progressive.

"The most winnable seats for the party have selected women as candidates helping to tackle gender inequality.

“Over the past few days I’ve been criss-crossing the country visiting fantastic Liberal Democrat candidates.  I have heard people tell me they’re fed up of the SNP’s stuck record on independence.

"The bigger my team of MPs the greater the chance we have of stopping another divisive independence referendum.  

"We can also provide a decent challenge to the Conservatives at Westminster as Labour are incapable of providing any coherent opposition. Theresa May should not get it all her own way which is why we need more Lib Dem MPs."

Alan Reid said: 

“Following on from the increase in our vote and clear second place at last May’s election, the Liberal Democrats are best placed to challenge the SNP and bring about the change that Argyll and Bute so badly needs.

The SNP have been in power far too long. Our health service is being starved of funds and failing to meet its targets. Our police force is in crisis. College places have been slashed.

Argyll and Bute needs an experienced voice like myself to stand up in Westminster and demand a better deal for this constituency. I will be campaigning on all these issues to bring about the change we so desperately need.

Commenting on her selection Dr Jean Davis said: 

“I want to win Charles Kennedy's seat back.  I will passionately argue against independence and fight for the UK’s place in the European Union. The people of Ross, Skye and Lochaber deserve an MP who will put our area first, not independence.   

“I will take action on issues from fuel costs to ferry fares and broadband to mobile phone coverage.  I will speak for the Highlands against the centralisation of services to the central belt and oppose the £14 million underfunding of our NHS in the Highlands."

The full list of candidates is as follows: 

ABERDEEN NORTH Isobel Davidson
ABERDEEN SOUTH Jenny Wilson
AIRDRIE & SHOTTS Ewan MacRobert
ANGUS Clive Sneddon
ARGYLL & BUTE Alan Reid
AYR, CARRICK & CUMNOCK Callum Leslie
BANFF & BUCHAN Galen Milne
BERWICKSHIRE, ROXBURGH & SELKIRK Caroline Burgess
CAITHNESS, SUTHERLAND & EASTER ROSS Jamie Stone
CENTRAL AYRSHIRE Tom Inglis
COATBRIDGE, CHRYSTON & BELLSHILL David Bennie
CUMBERNAULD, KILSYTH & KIRKINTILLOCH EAST Rod Ackland
DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY Joan Mitchell
DUMFRIESSHIRE, CLYDESDALE & TWEEDDALE John Ferry
DUNDEE EAST Chris McIntyre
DUNDEE WEST Jenny Blain
DUNFERMLINE & WEST FIFE James Calder
EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE Jo Swinson
EAST KILBRIDE, STRATHAVEN & LESMAHAGOW Paul McGarry
EAST LOTHIAN Elisabeth Wilson
EAST RENFREWSHIRE Aileen Morton
EDINBURGH EAST Tristan Gray
EDINBURGH NORTH & LEITH Martin Veart
EDINBURGH SOUTH Alan Beal
EDINBURGH SOUTH WEST Aisha Mir
EDINBURGH WEST Christine Jardine
FALKIRK Austin Reid
GLASGOW CENTRAL Isabel Nelson
GLASGOW EAST Matthew Clark
GLASGOW NORTH Callum Shepherd
GLASGOW NORTH EAST Daniel Donaldson
GLASGOW NORTH WEST Jimmy Speirs
GLASGOW SOUTH Ewan Hoyle
GLASGOW SOUTH WEST Benjamin  Denton-Cardew
GLENROTHES Rebecca Bell
GORDON David Evans
INVERCLYDE David Stevens
INVERNESS, NAIRN, BADENOCH & STRATHSPEY   Ritchie Cunningham
KILMARNOCK & LOUDOUN Irene Lang
KIRKCALDY & COWDENBEATH Malcolm Wood
LANARK & HAMILTON EAST Colin Robb
LINLITHGOW & FALKIRK EAST Sally Pattle
LIVINGSTON Charles Dundas
MIDLOTHIAN Ross Laird
MORAY Alex Linklater
MOTHERWELL & WISHAW Yvonne Finlayson
NA H-EILEANAN AN IAR Jamie Paterson
NORTH AYRSHIRE & ARRAN Mark Dickson
NORTH EAST FIFE Elizabeth Riches
OCHIL & SOUTH PERTHSHIRE Iliyan Stefanov
ORKNEY & SHETLAND Alistair Carmichael
PAISLEY & RENFREWSHIRE NORTH John Boyd
PAISLEY & RENFREWSHIRE SOUTH Eileen McCartin
PERTH & NORTH PERTHSHIRE Peter Barrett
ROSS, SKYE & LOCHABER Jean Davis
RUTHERGLEN & HAMILTON WEST Robert Brown
STIRLING Wendy Chamberlain
WEST ABERDEENSHIRE & KINCARDINE John Waddell
WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE Rebecca Plenderleith

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