Saturday, 28 February 2015

Candidate says anything other than Tory rule from London would be "catastrophe for Scotland"

The Conservative & Unionist Party has named its candidate to fight the North Ayrshire & Arran seat at the UK Election on May 7th.

Jamie Greene (pictured) is described by the party as a “senior executive for a large multinational broadcast network”, having previously worked as a producer in the TV industry.

Although unlikely to achieve better than third-place in the local contest – Labour and the SNP are quoted as joint front-runners by bookies – Mr Greene immediately attempted to talk-up the Tories’ chances, saying, “Looking at the choice facing the people of North Ayrshire and Arran it’s hard to tell the difference between the Labour and the SNP candidates, as each scrambles to be more left-wing than the other.  Whilst they fight each other in North Ayrshire and Arran, their party leaders plot coalition together in Westminster.

“Remember, the SNP’s sole aim is the break-up of the UK: a vote for either the SNP or Labour will be an inevitable catastrophe for Scotland.  If you voted ‘No’ in the referendum, then only a vote for the Conservatives will ensure the preservation of the Union.”

The 34-year-old, originally from Greenock, says he is “pro-business, pro-employment and extremely concerned that the SNP or Labour...will financially cripple us,” adding, “The Scottish Conservative Party is the only true and sensible centre-right party on the ballot. The contrast in this election is stark and clear - it’s a choice between a strong future for Scotland under the Conservatives, or chaos with anyone else.”

Speaking at the recent Scottish Tory Conference in Edinburgh, Mr Greene said of the North Ayrshire & Arran contest, “This two-horse race just turned into a three-horse race.  The voice of the centre-right is very much alive.”

The Tory hopeful noted that if he was the MP for North Ayrshire & Arran he would “champion local jobs and support people who work hard and aspire to improve their quality of life”.

Labour MP Katy Clark is defending the local seat against a very strong challenge from the SNP’s Patricia Gibson.

The far-right United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) has announced it will field Kilbirnie woman Sharon McGonigal as its candidate on May 7th.

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