Scot Tories field candidate for Highland seat – from Surrey

Alastair Graham from Surrey has been selected by Tory members to fight North seat - source: @1edmountain (Twitter)
Alastair Graham from Surrey has been selected by Tory members to fight North seat – source: @1edmountain (Twitter)

The Scottish Conservatives have selected their parliamentary candidate for North constituency Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross ahead of May’s General Election.

They have selected Alastair Graham – who is head of a private school in Surrey and partner in a Devon farming business – to contest the vote against incumbent Liberal Democrat MP, John Thurso; Scottish Labour’s John Erskine; and formidable SNP candidate, Dr Paul Monaghan.

Also a borough and parish councillor for Surrey Heath, Mr Graham stood for election in the constituency in 2010 and came in at fourth place.

Bookmakers currently set Mr Graham odds of 100/1 to win the seat.

Approached by Independence Live, local Tory Campaign Staffer, Max Bannerman, refused to answer questions surrounding Mr Graham’s candidacy but said “Alastair was a very good candidate in 2010 and was warmly received by constituents – significantly increasing our vote.”

However, all eyes are on incumbent MP John Thurso who believes he is running a “two horse race” with the SNP’s Paul Monaghan.

In previous years, Thurso had enjoyed a large majority of the vote but this was slashed in 2010 to 16 per cent. Currently, all bookmakers and polls are agreed that Monaghan will unseat Thurso in May.

We can be certain that the coming weeks will make for interesting and entertaining political commentary.

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