SUPPORTERS braved heavy rain on Friday for the official launch of Dumfriesshire Clydesdale and Tweeddale Conservative candidate David Mundell's 2019 General Election campaign.
Mr Mundell, a former corporate lawyer who has been local MP for more than 14 years, revealed he was looking forward to the hectic six-week campaign and was encouraged by the positive response he had received from constituents.
He said: "After all the months of uncertainty I'm pleased that an election has now been called. It's going to be hard work and a tough fight but I really enjoy meeting people on the doorsteps and in the streets."
Mr Mundell, who was joined at the Annan town centre event by his son Oliver, the Dumfriesshire MSP, predicted the contest in the constituency was very much a two-horse race between the Conservatives and the SNP.
He said: "I will be the obvious candidate for those opposed to the SNP and Nicola Sturgeon's obsessive referendum campaign to split up the United Kingdom with all the disruption and economic damage that would cause.
"I also have a good track record of resolving issues for constituents and speaking up nationally for this constituency -- the area I'm proud to call home and where I was born and brought up."