The three contenders hoping to be adopted as the SNP’s Argyll and Bute candidate in this year’s UK general election were put on the spot at a hustings meeting in Rothesay this week.
Simon Kemp, Antony Harrison and Brendan O’Hara are all vying for the votes of the party’s members in a ballot which opened this week and closes in early February.
All have links of varying degrees to the constituency they hope to represent: Mr Kemp was raised in Lochgilphead, while Mr Harrison lives in Tighnabruaich and Mr O’Hara in Helensburgh.
After the meeting we spoke to Isobel Strong, convener of the party’s Isle of Bute branch, about the party’s prospects in May in a seat in which the SNP came fourth and last at the 2010 Westminster election.
The winner will take on Labour’s Mary Galbraith, Conservative candidate Alastair Redman and incumbent Liberal Democrat Alan Reid in the May 7 poll.
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