Nigel Don de-selected for SNP

Nigel Don
Nigel Don

Nigel Don, currently MSP for Angus North and Mearns, has been de-selected by his local party for next year’s Scottish Parliament election.

Nigel Don, who has been at Holyrood since 2007, lost out to Brechin councillor Mairi Evans in battle to stand for the Angus North and Mearns constituency.

Mairi Evans received 54 per cent of votes from local supporters at the meeting, which was held last week.

Following her selection, she tweeted her delight, saying: “Feeling absolutely honoured, delighted, excited and extremely privileged to have been selected as the SNP candidate for Angus North and Mearns!”

Ms Evans has been a councillor for the Brechin and Edzell ward since 2007, has spent much of the past year being involved with political work in Brussels.

Mr Don has been at Holyrood since the 2007 Scottish Parliament election where he ended up on the North East Scotland list. In 2011 he fought the Angus North and Mearns seat.

Scottish Lib Dem candidate for Angus North and Mearns Sanjay Samani has fired the first shots in race for Holyrood saying he isn’t surprised at the news. He said: ”I am not surprised that Nigel Don has been ditched by local SNP members. He has not been standing up for us in Angus and Mearns.

“As a junior Transport Minister and member of the Scottish Parliament’s Petition Committee he twice tried to shut down Jill Fotheringham’s petition for the Laurencekirk flyover.

“He sat on his hands while the SNP government introduced the disastrous single Police force. He did nothing while they shut Angus and Mearns services like police counters, Sheriff’s courts and slashed Angus college places.”

MSP Alex Johnstone will stand for the Conservatives.