Conservative Future Scotland activist Alastair Redman has been officially selected as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party candidate in the Argyll and Bute constituency ahead of the General Election in 2015.
Alastair, who hails from Portnahaven in Islay, was selected by constituency members this evening and will contest the seat against sitting Liberal Democrat MP Alan Reid among others.
Mr Reid has held the seat since he was elected in 2001 and was returned in 2010 with a 3,431 majority.
Whilst the last time the Conservatives secured the seat was in the 1983 General Election, the party have run the Liberal Democrats a very close second place since then, with our vote increasing at the last election.
When asked for comment, Alastair said:"I am happy to say that I am now the official Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate for the Argyll and Bute seat in the upcoming UK election. I must give my thanks to my fellow applicants who unfortunately did not make it through this time and for all of the membership some of them new members attending their first function for electing me. As the perspective MP candidate you will have the chance to kick out the tired Lib-Dem's who have squandered all the opportunities they have had to bring about any real change in Argyll and Bute. Whether your a Unionist and Conservative supporter, a voter for any of the other parties or not political at all this is a real opportunity to vote for change. If you live on Islay or the Islands then you will not only have the chance to bring about change but also to elect a fellow Ileach or Islander who understands the issues that face our way of life".
A CFS Spokesperson said: " We are delighted to see Alastair selected as the PPC for Argyll and Bute and also to see CFS members being selected to represent the party in the General Election. Argyll and Bute is a great constituency and we have a real chance of winning the seat and feel that Alastair is the right man for the job."
We fully support Alastair's candidacy and wish him well in the months ahead.