Islay woman selected as Holyrood candidate

SNP Holyrood candidate for Argyll and Bute, Jenny Minto

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An Islay resident has been selected as the SNP candidate for Argyll and Bute in next year’s elections to Holyrood.

Jenni Minto, who was born in Elgin and grew up in St Andrews, was chosen by SNP members locally after long-serving MSP Michael Russell announced his decision to stand down after first being elected to serve Argyll and Bute in 2011.

Jenni, manager of the Museum of Islay Life, said on social media: ‘I am so honoured to have been selected. A massive thank you to everyone who voted for me.’

She also thanked fellow candidates Councillor Rhiannon Spear, Sarah Fanet and Breege Smyth.

Michael Russell MSP said: ‘I am delighted Jenni has been selected and I look forward to working with her as she gets to know the people and the communities of this wide-ranging and diverse constituency and to campaigning with her as she prepares for next year’s Holyrood election.

‘Living on Islay as she does, she already has a deep understanding of the particular challenges people face here and I am sure she will make a great, hard-working MSP for everyone in Argyll and Bute.

‘I will miss the privilege of serving my home area in the parliament, but I can think of no-one better able to take on that challenge.’