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Conservatives select candidate for Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire

By Rachel Smart

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Ruraidh Stewart.
Ruraidh Stewart.

Highland Conservative Association members have chosen Ruraidh Stewart as their candidate for the new Westminster seat of Inverness, Skye and West Ross-Shire.

A councillor for Skye and Raasay and leader of the Conservative Group in the Highland Council, he also works for a Highlands and Islands MSP.

Ruraidh said: “I am honoured to have been selected as the Highland Conservative candidate for the Inverness, Skye, and West Ross-Shire constituency.

"As someone who was born, raised and educated in the Highlands, I know many of the unique challenges and opportunities we face across this vast constituency. In the coming months, I will visit as many communities as possible to learn even more about residents’ needs and priorities.

"As a young Conservative I am committed to upholding traditional and Highland values but I also recognise much needs to be done to ensure a prosperous future for future generations.”

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross MP MSP welcomed news of Ruraidh’s selection, saying: "I know Ruraidh well from his work on local issues as leader of the Conservative Highland councillors. Bursting with energy and enthusiasm, I have every confidence that he is ready to represent the Highlands at national level. I look forward to campaigning with Ruraidh during the forthcoming election.”

Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire is one of the largest constituencies in the UK after changes made last year, and comprises of areas from the current Inverness, Nairn Badenoch and Strathspey seat, as well as parts of Ross, Skye and Lochaber – both seats have been held by the SNP since 2015.

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