General Election 2017: Aberdeen South

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Aberdeen South has long been regarded as one of the more volatile seats in the North-east.

The SNP’s Callum McCaig pushed Labour stalwart Dame Anne Begg into second place in the 2015 general election.

The seat had been held by Dame Anne since Tony Blair’s landslide victory in 1997 while the Conservatives have not represented the area for 25 years.

But the Tories are confident of winning the seat on June 8 and said people in the constituency who traditionally have never voted for the party have pledged to do so this time around.

Callum McCaig Scottish National Party (SNP)

Age: 32

Home: Ferryhill

Job: MP for Aberdeen South 2015-17

Previous political experience: Two years as member of parliament for Aberdeen South. SNP Westminster spokesperson on business and energy. Eight years as a councillor for Kincorth/Nigg/Cove.

Positions held at Aberdeen City Council of leader, education convener, audit convener.

Non-political experience: I started working in politics after I finished University. Previously worked as a supermarket assistant and a kitchen porter.

Key issue: Protecting jobs and our local economy by demanding the UK Government promote the oil and gas industry to a “high priority,” for Brexit talks, and match the additional Scottish

Government investment in Aberdeen.

Best quality: Honesty

Worst quality: Messy

Ross Thomson Scottish Conservative and Unionist

Age: 29

Home: Aberdeen

Job: Scottish Conservative MSP for North-east Scotland

Previous political experience: Councillor for Hazlehead/Ashley/Queens Cross on Aberdeen City Council from 2012-2017 and MSP North-east from 2016.

Non-political experience: Manager in retail.

Key issue: Standing up for Aberdeen and fighting SNP plans for a second independence referendum.

Best quality: Dedication

Worst quality: I can’t stand letting people down!

Callum O’Dwyer Scottish Labour

Age: 25

Home: Westhill

Job: Oil and gas engineer

Previous political experience: Election agent for Alison Evison, Scottish Labour candidate for Aberdeen South.

Non-political experience: My experience in the oil and gas industry, as well as a keen interest in cultural events.

Key issue: Support for the oil and gas industry.

Best quality: Passion.

Worst quality: Wild hand gesticulations.

Jenny Wilson Scottish Liberal Democrats

Age: 28

Home: Aberdeen

Job: Registry officer

Previous political experience: Political campaigning across the North-east of Scotland with the Liberal Democrats. Member of the Scottish Liberal Democrat Conference Committee. Variety of Student Activism and events, including running a balanced programme of political events for students and the wider community.

Non-political experience: I currently work within the higher education sector. Prior to this I have held a variety of roles within both the private and public sector, using skills such as communication, advocacy and organisational skills. I also have two degrees from the University of Aberdeen.

Key issue: Brexit. As an MP I would work tirelessly to ensure that we stop a hard-Brexit, that would devastate the economy of the North-east of Scotland, and ensure that any deal made will take the interests of the people of Aberdeen South into consideration.

Best quality: I am very approachable and enjoy interacting with people.

Worst quality: I’m a little bit messy, I have to tidy up after myself!