Tories choose David as election looms

POLITICIAN David Mundell has been reselected as a Scottish Conservative and Unionist prospective parliamentary candidate at the next general election.

He was chosen by party members from across his Dumfriesshire Clydesdale and Tweeddale constituency at a special meeting in Moffat.

The region's longest-serving elected parliamentarian, he has been out and about in the constituency, almost every spare minute when away from Westminster, meeting voters and dealing with issues they raise.

Dumfries and Galloway Conservatives' chairman Cllr Malcolm Johnstone has congratulated David on his reselection.

"I'm delighted David has been chosen again, he's genuinely the right person for the job,'' said Cllr Johnstone, when he joined Mr Mundell, his son Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell and other supporters on the eastern edge of Dumfries.

"He's energetic, enthusiastic, knows his patch and is absolutely dedicated to his constituency. He also has the experience and contacts to best deal with the sometimes complicated issues raised with him.

"Here we are on a cold wet Friday afternoon and he's in his element visiting and respectfully engaging with constituents, even some with differing political views."

Mr Mundell said: "It is a great privilege to represent such a fantastic and diverse rural constituency and I'm sincerely grateful party members have again given me their backing.

"A vote for me will be the only effective way locally to halt the SNP obsession for independence and the damaging consequences splitting the UK would bring."

The former corporate lawyer, who cut his teeth in politics as a councillor, was born and brought up in the constituency.

He was an MSP before being elected MP in 2005 for the newly created Dumfriesshire Clydesdale and Tweeddale constituency.

Mr Mundell has been returned at every subsequent election and until recently, was Secretary of State for Scotland.