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As they await the results, the four candidates standing for election to the Argyll and Bute Scottish Parliamentary constituency have spoken of this year’s campaign, different from usual because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Donald Cameron, Scottish Conservative and Unionist, said: ‘I think it has been a very unusual campaign for obvious reasons. It is quite striking that the first time I have met the SNP candidate in person is here today at the count, although we have taken part in online hustings. It has been very limited travel, but a lot of Zoom!’
Jenni Minto, SNP, said: ‘I am really pleased with how the campaign has gone. It was different because a lot of campaigning has been done from my living room. I could have a meeting with someone in Oban and then in Lochgilphead without having to travel. We did not get out and about until the April 26 when things opened up and I took a road trip around the constituency.’
Alan Reid, Liberal Democrat, said: ‘It has been a very strange campaign; all the hustings were done online and that took all the excitement out of them – without all the interaction with the audience it made them a lot less vibrant.’
Lewis Whyte, Scottish Labour, said: ‘I think we have run a really good modern campaign in Argyll and Bute. We have not relied on people delivering leaflets and door knocking due to the Covid virus. Instead we have modernised with a social media campaign.’
The candidates have all been called to go and view the second mini-count and the adjudication of doubtful ballot papers with returning officer Pippa Milne.