Conservatives gunning for Salmond’s seat after success in Aberdeenshire

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson met supporters in Inverurie.
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson met supporters in Inverurie.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson paid a visit to Inverurie as the Tories turned their attention to Alex Salmond’s Gordon constituency.

Ms Davidson visited the North-east town following the party’s recent strong result in the local government elections, which saw it come first in all 23 Aberdeenshire wards.

The recent electoral success has led Tory chiefs to focus on winning the seat, fielding newly-elected councillor Colin Clark to stand for election.

Former SNP leader Mr Salmond comfortably took the seat in 2015 when he won nearly 50% of the vote, with Mr Clark achieving just 11% of the vote.

But Ms Davidson said last week’s election has shown the Tories are the “only party in Scotland” with the strength to fight back against the SNP.

Ms Davidson said: “We won the local government election in Gordon, beating the SNP into second place.

“It means that in this seat, as in many others, it is a two horse race between us and the Nationalists.

“As is the case right across Scotland, the choice in Gordon is clear.

“It’s between a Scottish National Party that will take us back to more division and instability, and a Scottish Conservative party that will fight against another referendum so we can all move on together.”

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