Bute trio added to list of SNP future candidates

Hugh Moodie (left) - pictured with party colleagues Brendan O'Hara MP and Councillor Isobel Strong - has been named on the SNP's 'approved candidates' list for the next Scottish Parliament and local government elections.

Hugh Moodie (left) - pictured with party colleagues Brendan O'Hara MP and Councillor Isobel Strong - has been named on the SNP's 'approved candidates' list for the next Scottish Parliament and local government elections.

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Three people with Bute connections have been accepted on to the SNP’s list of ‘approved candidates’ for the elections to the Scottish Parliament next year and the country’s local authorities in 2017.

Hugh Moodie, vice-chairman of the party’s Isle of Bute branch and its Argyll and Bute constituency organiser, along with former Rothesay Academy pupil Rhiannon Spear and pharmacist, columnist and broadcaster Anas Hassan, who has a home on Bute, all passed the interview stage for party members who want to be considered as candidates in either poll (or indeed both).

The interviewing committee at Sunday’s event included Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell - who was first passed to stand way back in 1985 and who said it was his first time on a party vetting committee since before the first Scottish Parliament elections in 1999.