CARSON TO CAMPAIGN FOR HOLYROOD SEAT IN 2016
Written by author on September 16, 2015
COUNCILLOR Finlay Carson has been selected by the Dumfries and Galloway Scottish Conservatives and Unionists to contest the Scottish Parliament seat of Galloway and West Dumfries in next year’s election for Holyrood.
Following the announcement by Alex Fergusson MSP that he is to stand down after 17 years. Speaking after Councillor Carson’s selection was confirmed, Alex Fergusson said: “I have known Finlay Carson for a long time now and worked closely with him as a local Councillor. The campaign he fought for Westminster last year was remarkably successful in that he increased the number of Conservative and Unionists votes and beat Labour into third place by some distance.
“Given the SNP ‘tsunami’ that engulfed the whole country at that time, it was a remarkable achievement. But I know Finlay’s heart lies in Holyrood and, as a local man through and through, with a deep understanding of the issues that face our rural communities, I have no hesitation in backing him 100 per cent as he seeks to win the seat in 2016.”
Finlay was named by Ruth Davidson, Leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, as a ‘rising star’, and following his selection she said:- “Finlay is an outstanding candidate and a real advocate for Dumfries and Galloway and the wider region.