Election candidates in poll position

Workmen at the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh. 11th March 2011. Picture by JANE BARLOW
Workmen at the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh. 11th March 2011. Picture by JANE BARLOW

THE candidates hoping to represent North East Fife in the Scottish Parliament have set out their stalls as the countdown begins to election day on May 5.

Five hopefuls had thrown their hat into the ring by the time nominations closed on Tuesday, representing Labour, the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, the SNP and the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).

Defending the seat is Lib Dem Iain Smith, who has represented the area in the Scottish Parliament since 1999 and four years ago retained it with a comfortable majority of over 4500 votes.

His rivals are Tory candidate Miles Briggs, Rod Campbell for the SNP, Labour’s Colin Davidson and UKIP representative Mike Scott-Hayward.