Richard to contest Gordon seat

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The SNP has selected Richard Thomson, the Leader of the Opposition on Aberdeenshire Council, as the party’s candidate for the Gordon Constituency ahead of the anticipated Westminster General Election.

Richard, 43, lives in Foveran with his partner Eilidh and their two daughters and has represented the Ellon & District ward on Aberdeenshire Council since 2012.

A former financial sector worker and journalist, Richard was leader of Aberdeenshire Council from June 2015 until May 2017. He also represents Aberdeenshire Council on Europe’s North Sea Commission, where he is the current Vice-Chair of the Marine Resources Group.

Speaking following his selection, Richard said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that local SNP members have chosen me to be their standard bearer at the upcoming Westminster Election.

“People have been watching the chaos, confusion and incompetence of the Conservative Government at Westminster with a mounting sense of disbelief and anger. Our traditional industries are facing a deeply uncertain future thanks to the continued shambles over Brexit. Meanwhile, any semblance of a competent UK Government ended years ago, with competing factions of Tory MPs seemingly more interested in fighting each other than for the interests of their constituents.

“In my time as council leader, I won a reputation for being hard-working, pragmatic and being willing to stand up for the interests of the North East. Right now, we need an MP who will always put the needs of Gordon ahead of the political self-interest of Boris. At this election, Scotland’s voice must be heard and our choices must be respected. With people’s support, as Gordon’s MP I will make sure that Is what happens.”