Both the SNP and Scottish Conservatives have announced their candidates for north east Fife in the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections.
The area’s sitting MSP Roderick Campbell was unanimously endorsed as the SNPs candidate while the Tories have selected Huw Bell who was their most recent General Election candidate.
Mr Campbell was selected during a special meeting of the North East Fife SNP Constituency Branch, hosted by Graeme Dey MSP and attended by Stephen Gethins MP.
He said:“I am delighted to have been given the privilege to represent the SNP at next year’s election, in North East Fife. I am proud to have represented North East Fife since 2011 and I am looking forward to next year’s election.
“The SNP has a strong record in Government and I am proud of that record, including the retention of free education for students, the protection for those on the lowest incomes suffering from appalling measures such as the bedroom tax and scrapping ‘right to buy’ whilst building more affordable homes.
“In the next ten months up to May 2016 I will be out and about in local communities, knocking on doors and speaking to people in every corner of the constituency.”
In May 2011, Mr Campbell secured a 16.8 per cent swing from the 2007 result to secure a vital victory for the SNP, on a historic night when the party went on to win a majority of seats in the Scottish Parliament.
Since being elected, he has served on the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee as well as the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee and the European and External Relations Committee. He also re-convened the Parliament’s Cross-Party Group (CPG) on Dementia and remains the co-convener.
Mr Campbell is also a member of the CPGs on Human Trafficking, Children and Young People, and Tibet.
Announcing his selection by the North East Fife Conservative and Unionist Party, Huw Bell said:“I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue my work for the people of North East Fife and I will strive to give the people of our area the strong voice they need against the Holyrood.”
He added: “On the economy, education, the NHS and law and order, the SNP is failing to deliver. We need a government in Scotland that comes up with practical action to help turn around falling literacy and numeracy standards, and which puts health on a long-term footing.”
“Instead we have a government which has spent most of the last year campaigning for separation, not governing for Scotland.”
“We are determined to use this year to set out a real, centre-ground Scottish alternative to the SNP’s plan to break up Britain. There is a better way and we will deliver it.”
“Only we offer true opposition to the SNP. Labour are in meltdown and the Lib Dems are irrelevant.”
“I hope to give North East Fifers the voice that they deserve in Holyrood.”