Angus Robertson among SNP candidates selected for Scottish election
The SNP has selected its candidates for the 2021 Scottish election, with Angus Robertson winning the contest for the Edinburgh Central constituency.
Robertson, the party’s former depute leader and former leader of the Westminster group, beat three other challengers including former minister Marco Biagi to stand in the seat currently held by the Scottish Conservatives’ Ruth Davidson.
He said it is a “huge honour to be selected to run in the constituency where I grew up” while Biagi said it was now time for members to “come together”.
Elsewhere, incumbent MSPs faced off challengers while several prominent party figures failed to win selection.
Former MP Michelle Thomson will stand in Falkirk East.
Stuart McMillan will stand again in Greenock and Inverclyde, as challenger Chris McEleney lost out on selection.
Sarah Masson will go up against Lib Dem leader Alex Cole-Hamilton in Edinburgh Western, while Catriona MacDonald will face Labour’s Daniel Johnson in Edinburgh Southern.
Former head of SNP communications and strategy Fergus Mutch will stand in Aberdeenshire West.
Jim Fairlie, farmer and brother of the late chef Andrew Fairlie, beat former MP Stephen Gethins in Perthshire South and Kinross-shire.
The party confirmed 70 of its 73 constituency candidates.
Ballots remain open in Argyll and Bute following a local party bereavement while Cunninghame North and West, the seat currently held by Kenneth Gibson, faces a delay due to a dispute over process.
A re-ballot is planned for Renfrewshire North and West following a tied result.
The SNP said that it was on track for a gender-balanced list of candidates and expects the outcomes of the three remaining contests before the party’s conference at the end of November.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Congratulations to the successful candidates and commiserations to the challengers - I’m sure we’ll see more of all of them.
“We have lots of work to do between now and May, to retain the hard earned trust of the Scottish people, and take Scotland forward to independence.”
SNP Depute Leader & Campaign Director Keith Brown said: “The Holyrood election six months from today will be the most important in Scotland’s history, and will determine our country’s future.
“Effective leadership during the global pandemic is proving a real boost to support for an independent Scotland. The SNP will continue to focus on what’s important to the people of Scotland, and each and every day we will work hard to retain the trust placed in us.
“Tory governments at Westminster that we didn’t vote for, led by the likes of Boris Johnson, can’t be trusted to work in Scotland’s interests.
“Our outstanding field of gender-balanced candidates will be proud to stand on the SNP’s strong record in government, and the right for people in Scotland to decide their own future.”
The current list of SNP candidates for the 2021 Scottish election:
Aberdeen Central – Kevin Stewart
Aberdeen Donside – Jacqueline Dunbar
Aberdeen South and North Kincardine – Audrey Nicoll
Aberdeenshire East – Gillian Martin
Aberdeenshire West – Fergus Mutch
Airdrie and Shotts – Neil Gray
Almond Valley – Angela Constance
Angus North and Mearns – Mairi Gougeon
Angus South – Graeme Dey
Ayr – Siobhian Brown
Banffshire and Buchan Coast – Karen Adam
Caithness, Sutherland and Ross – Maree Todd
Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley – Elena Whitham
Clackmannanshire and Dunblane – Keith Brown
Clydebank and Milngavie – Marie McNair
Clydesdale – Mairi McAllan
Coatbridge and Chryston – Fulton MacGregor
Cowdenbeath – Annabelle Ewing
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth – Jamie Hepburn
Cunninghame South – Ruth Maguire
Dumbarton – Toni Giugliano
Dumfriesshire – Joan McAlpine
Dundee City East – Shona Robison
Dundee City West – Joe FitzPatrick
Dunfermline – Shirley-Anne Sommerville
East Kilbride – Collette Stevenson
East Lothian – Paul McLellan
Eastwood – Colm Merrick
Edinburgh Central – Angus Robertson
Edinburgh Eastern – Ash Denham
Edinburgh Northern and Leith – Ben Macpherson
Edinburgh Pentlands – Gordon MacDonald
Edinburgh Southern – Catriona MacDonald
Edinburgh Western – Sarah Masson
Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire – Paul Wheelhouse
Falkirk East – Michelle Thomson
Falkirk West – Michael Matheson
Galloway and West Dumfries – Emma Harper
Glasgow Anniesland – Bill Kidd
Glasgow Cathcart – James Dornan
Glasgow Kelvin – Kaukab Stewart
Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn – Bob Doris
Glasgow Pollok – Humza Yousaf
Glasgow Provan – Ivan McKee
Glasgow Shettleston – John Mason
Glasgow Southside – Nicola Sturgeon
Greenock and Inverclyde – Stuart McMillan
Hamilton, Larkhall & Stonehouse – Christina McKelvie
Inverness and Nairn – Fergus Ewing
Kilmarknock and Irvine Valley – Willie Coffey
Kirkcaldy – David Torrance
Linlithgow – Fiona Hyslop
Mid Fife and Glenrothes – Jenny Gilruth
Midlothian North and Musselburgh – Colin Beattie
Midlothian South, Tweedale and Lauderdale – Christine Grahame
Moray – Richard Lochhead
Motherwell and Wishaw – Clare Adamson
Na h-Eileanan an Iar – Alasdair Allan
North East Fife – Rhuaraidh Fleming
Orkney – Robert Leslie
Pasiley – George Adam
Perthshire North - John Swinney
Perthshire South and Kinross-shire – Jim Fairlie
Renfrewshire South – Tom Arthur
Rutherglen – Clare Haughey
Shetland – Tom Wills
Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch – Kate Forbes
Stirling – Evelyn Tweed
Strathkelvin and Bearsden – Rona Mackay
Uddingston and Bellshill – Stephanie Callaghan