Following the hurried application and listing process last week, I’m starting to hear news of the lists of Conservative MEP candidates in each part of the country.
A reminder: incumbent MEPs who want to stand again have been given automatic appointment to the top of the list in their previous order. The rest of the lists have been chosen and ordered by selectoral colleges of Party officers.
First up, here’s Scotland:
- Nosheena Mobarik – the current incumbent, she is also a life peer and former Whip in the House of Lords.
- Iain McGill – a businessman contesting his 13th election, McGill was on the Scottish Euro list in 2014. He has told the Edinburgh Evening News that he hopes that the MEP role will be abolished by the UK leaving the EU “very swiftly”.
- Cllr Shona Haslam – a former charity manager, Cllr Haslam took on the role of leader of Scottish Borders Council as soon as she was elected for the first time in 2017/
- Cllr Iain Whyte – the leader of the Conservative group on Edinburgh City Council, Cllr Whyte also sits on the board of Police Scotland.
- Andrea Gee – a former staffer to Nosheena Mobarik, Gee now works for Paul Masterton, Conservative MP for East Renfrewshire.
- Michael Kusznir – a solicitor in Aberdeen, Kusznir has also researched and campaigned against human trafficking in the city.