We published last night the names of the five candidates chosen by the Scottish Conservatives to be put forward for the approval of the five Edinburgh Conservative associations. That list was certainly correct last night, but for some reason (which so far remains unclear) the five names were rejigged slightly by the Scottish Party leadership at some point this morning.
In the event, Steph Smith was moved to Edinburgh South (replacing Cllr Joanna Mowat), and Sandy Batho – who fought Edinburgh Western at the 2016 Holyrood election – was brought in for Edinburgh West.
All five of the eventual proposed candidates were successfully selected by their respective associations this afternoon. Congratulations to them all, and best of luck with their campaigns. They are:
- Edinburgh East: Katie Mackie – who fought Falkirk in 2010.
- Edinburgh North and Leith: Iain McGill – who fought the same seat in 2010 and 2015, and the equivalent Scottish Parliament seat in 2016, and stood for the European Parliament in Scotland in 2014.
- Edinburgh South: Steph Smith – who is standing in Edinburgh City Council’s Liberton/Gilberton ward in the forthcoming local elections.
- Edinburgh South West: Miles Briggs MSP (pictured, top right) – Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Lothian region, who contested North East Fife in 2010 and Edinburgh South in 2015, before running in the Edinburgh Southern constituency in the 2016 Holyrood elections.
- Edinburgh West: Sandy Batho – The HR Director of Babcock International, and a director of Edinburgh Zoo, Batho fought the analogous seat of Edinburgh Western in last year’s Scottish Parliament election and stood in Linlithgow and East Falkirk in the 2015 General Election.
In terms of the other selections underway in Scotland, tonight Ian Duncan MEP is being presented for an uncontested approval vote in Perth and North Perthshire. We’ll bring news of more nominations and selections tomorrow morning.