Argyll and Bute election candidates so far

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Three candidates for the Argyll and Bute constituency seat have so far been announced for the 2019 general election.

Argyll and Bute Council’s depute leader, Councillor Gary Mulvaney, has been confirmed as the area’s Conservative Party candidate, while Councillor Alan Reid will stand for the Liberal Democrats and Brendan O’Hara for the SNP.

The UK is set to go to the polls on Thursday December 12, following a vote passing through Parliament to hold the election.

Councillor Mulvaney, a councillor since 2003, was the Conservative candidate for the most recent general election in 2017, finishing second to Mr O’Hara.

During the October 31 announcement, Councillor Mulvaney said: ‘I am delighted to say I have been selected.

‘Nobody really expected a Christmas election but here it is. We are here to campaign, and we are here to win.

‘We were 1,300 votes short last time – this time we are going to win it but we will need every single unionist vote to do it.

‘We will be focusing on things like getting Brexit done – everybody is tired of it. They want to get it done and move on.

‘We want to send a clear, really clear message to Nicola [Sturgeon] that we do not want a second [Scottish independence] referendum.

‘And we want to concentrate on people’s priorities – schools, hospitals, crime, law and order, all things that are really important.’

Councillor Reid’s selection by the area’s Liberal Democrats was announced in April, though the date of the poll was unknown at that point.

At that time, he said: ‘The Scottish Liberal Democrats are the only party committed to keeping Scotland in both the UK and in Europe.

‘The local surveys we have been carrying out in Argyll and Bute show overwhelming support for a People’s Vote.’

Mr O’Hara, who was unanimously backed by SNP members in the constituency as their candidate in September, said at the time of his nomination: ‘When the general election comes, we in Scotland must be able to choose our own future.

‘And that choice will be either as an independent, democratic European nation, or as part of an isolationist United Kingdom led by a right-wing Conservative government.

‘Here in Argyll and Bute, this election will be a straight fight between the SNP and Boris Johnson’s Tories. It will also be a fight for Scotland’s future.’

The general election will be the first to take place in December since 1923.  Parliament was officially dissolved on Wednesday, November 6.

The deadline for candidates to be nominated and submit their papers is Thursday November 14.