Ex-MP counting on ‘dwindling passion’ to win back Argyll and Bute

Alan Reid is the Liberal Democrats' Holyrood election candidate for Argyll and Bute.

Alan Reid is the Liberal Democrats' Holyrood election candidate for Argyll and Bute.

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The man ousted last year as Argyll and Bute’s Westminster MP says he hopes dwindling enthusiasm among SNP supporters will help return him to elected office.

Alan Reid, who spent 14 years as the area’s representative in the House of Commons, is standing as the Liberal Democrats’ candidate in the Scottish Parliament election on May 5.

Mr Reid, who will have to overturn an SNP majority of 8,543 if he’s to win back a seat held by his party colleague, Bute’s own George Lyon, from 1999 until 2007, told The Buteman: “A lot of people who voted SNP last year with such enthusiasm have lost that - they thought sending more than 50 MPs to Westminster would be a force for change, but it hasn’t happened.

“I detect a certain lack of enthusiasm and passion compared to last year, and enthusiastic people are always more likely to turn out and vote.

“There’s nothing certain in modern politics, so I still have the hope that on the day there will be a surprise result.”