General Election 2017: Gordon

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The constituency of Gordon was a closely-watched battle in 2015 and it is set to fall under the spotlight again as the former First Minister fights for re-election.

Alex Salmond convincingly won the seat in 2015 as the SNP swept to victory across the country securing 27,717 votes and beating the Liberal Democrats into second place.

Under Sir Malcolm Bruce, the Lib Dems held the seat for more than three decades and won seven general election campaigns. And the Tories came a distant third place in 2015 with 6,807 votes and has to make significant gains in its vote share if it is to stand any chance of taking the seat.

But Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson has the constituency firmly within her sights and hopes a strong showing in last month’s council elections will see their support increase on Thursday. The party won the most first preference votes in all of the council wards across Aberdeenshire.

Colin Clark Scottish Conservative and Unionist

Age: 48

Home: Oldmeldrum

Job: Businessman and farmer.

Previous political experience: Candidate 2015 GE, Holyrood 2016. Councillor Inverurie and District since November 2016.

Non-political experience: Business owner since 1994, married with two young sons.

Key issue: Jobs and enterprise.

Best quality: Tenacious

Worst quality: Impatient

David Evans Scottish Liberal Democrats

Age: 25

Home: Newburgh

Job: Communications manager and senior caseworker.

Previous political experience: Council candidate in 2012. Contested seats in 2015 and 2016 elections.

Non-political experience: Work in health and social care. Lay member of the North of Scotland Research Ethics Committee.

Key issue: Protecting Scotland’s place in UK and maintaining relationship with EU.

Best quality: Dedication.

Worst quality: Stubbornness.

Kirsten Muat Scottish Labour

Age: 20

Home: Kirkton of Bourtie

Job: Politics and philosophy student.

Previous political experience: Vice-chair of Scottish Labour Students.

Non-political experience: Part-time work to fund my way through university.

Key issue: Investment in public services.

Best quality: Strident feminism.

Worst quality: Mancunian accent.

Alex Salmond Scottish National Party (SNP)

Age: 62

Home: Strichen, Aberdeenshire.

Job: Member of Parliament.

Previous political experience: First Minister of Scotland.

Non-political experience: Economist.

Key issue: Representing Scotland.

Best quality: Sense of humour.

Worst quality: Impatience.