Nicola Sturgeon and Gordon Brown on election campaign trail in Fife

Pic: Lisa Ferguson
Pic: Lisa Ferguson

The General Election campaign stepped up a gear today wqith visits to Fife of two big players.

Nicola,Sturgeon, First Minister, and Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister, were in local constituencies today to back their candidates.

Pic: Alec Davies

Pic: Alec Davies

Ms Sturgeon spent part of her afternoon in Leven with Stephen Gethins who is fighting to retain the North-East Fife seat which has the smallest majority in the UK of just two votes.

Mr Gethins, who first won the seat in 2015, is the party’s Westminster spokesman for international affairs and Europe.

He was joined on the campaign trail by Ms Sturgeon just 24 hours after she took part in the leaders’ debate live on BBC.

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She met supporters and activists in Leven, and visited local business, Craig Boyd Hairdressing, to hear about their work with the local foodbank in providing children from low-income households free haircuts before returning to school.

Ms Sturgeon said: : “Boris Johnson simply doesn’t deserve the chance to chance to return to Downing Street as Prime Minister”, adding “It is people like Stephen that we need to have in the next Parliament to stop Johnson, the Tories and Brexit in its tracks.”

Meanwhwile, Gordon Brown was at the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy to introduce Fife’s Labour candidates.

He was also joined by Jonathan Asworth, Labour’s Shadow health spokesman, before making a speech on poverty, health and the constitution. and then opening the floor to questions for the candidates.

Labour holds just one of the four Fife seats, with Lesley Laird bidding to retain Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath.

The constituency has the most candidates of the four Fife seats with a six-way contest in the December election.

Mr Brown rallied the party’s supporters with attackes on Boris Johnson, Prime Minister, and thw SNPs’ drive for independence.

He said: ““The SNP will tell you ‘vote SNP to stop Brexit’, but the day after the election they’ll tell you that everyone who voted for the SNP voted for separation and independence,” he said.

“The Conservatives will tell you ‘vote Conservative to stop independence’, but make no mistake about it, the day after the election, they will say that everybody who voted Conservative in Scotland were voting for Brexit.

“The only way you can vote against Brexit and independence is by voting for Labour.”