Labour selects Argyll and Bute Holyrood candidate

Labour's Argyll and Bute candidate Mick Rice.
Labour's Argyll and Bute candidate Mick Rice.

Mick Rice will be the Scottish Labour party’s candidate for Argyll and Bute in the forthcoming Scottish Parliament election.

Mr Rice, who lives in Blairmore, near Dunoon, will compete against the SNP incumbent Michael Russell, former MP Alan Reid for the Liberal Democrats and Lochaber lawyer Donald Cameron for the Conservatives in the May 5 poll.

It’ll be Mr Rice’s second time contesting the Holyrood constituency - in 2011 he came third, with 4,041 votes (15.3 per cent of the total), finishing behind Mr Russell for the SNP and the Conservatives’ Jamie McGrigor, but ahead of Liberal Democrat candidate Alison Hay.

The deadline for candidates’ nomination papers to be received by the Argyll and Bute returning officer is 4pm on Friday, April 1 - for more on the Scottish Parliament election timetable, click here.