Can­di­dates draw up bat­tle lines to con­test Aberdeen South seat

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Aberdeen’s lady provost will fight to win a city West­min­ster seat for Labour – com­pet­ing against three of the city’s coun­cil­lors.

Shona Simp­son, the wife of Lord Provost Bar­ney Crock­ett, has been cho­sen to con­test Aberdeen South for the party.

The other main party can­di­dates for the seat at the up­com­ing elec­tion all also have strong con­nec­tions with the city.

Former Tory MP Ross Thom­son will not seek re-elec­tion fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of grop­ing in a Com­mons bar.

He strongly de­nies all ac­cu­sa­tions.

While Mr Crock­ett is sus­pended from the na­tional party as part of the group of nine Labour coun­cil­lors who formed a coun­cil ad­min­is­tra­tion with the Tories in 2017, Ms Simp­son re­mains a mem­ber.

Last night she said: “This elec­tion is about op­por­tu­nity for the many and, as a former teacher, I un­der­stand how op­por­tu­ni­ties for all can shape the fu­ture of our young peo­ple.

“I am de­lighted that to­day Richard Leonard un­der­lined the need to end home­less­ness and com­mit Labour to build­ing 120,000 homes right across Scotland.

“Of course I am proud that here in Aberdeen South, the Labour-led coun­cil is com­mit­ted to build­ing coun­cil houses.

“The SNP and the Tories will want to fight about the con­sti­tu­tion but I want to fight for the cit­i­zens who need a Labour gov­ern­ment to ful­fil their am­bi­tions.”

Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date Dou­glas Lums­den, who is also the coun­cil’s co-leader, said: “The mes­sage so far, on the doors and in the street, is clear – vot­ers here un­der­stand that only the Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives can stop the SNP.

“On day one, a Labour gov­ern­ment will back an­other di­vi­sive sep­a­ratist ref­er­en­dum and ev­ery seat Ni­cola Stur­geon wins is an ex­cuse to carp on about in­de­pen­dence.”

Stephen Flynn, an SNP can­di­date, said: “There can be no doubt that this elec­tion will de­fine our fu­ture.

“Aberdeen South needs an MP who will pro­tect our city’s in­ter­ests by fight­ing to re­tain our place as an in­ter­na­tional city within the Euro­pean Union.

“But this elec­tion is about more than just stop­ping the Tories push­ing through their dam­ag­ing Brexit.

“It’s also about stand­ing up for those who have been so badly im­pacted by aus­ter­ity, and build­ing on our oil and gas ex­pe­ri­ence to lead the re­new­ables fu­ture.”

Lib­eral Demo­crat can­di­date Ian Yuill said: “My pri­or­i­ties for Aberdeen South are stop­ping Brexit, which will be hugely dam­ag­ing for Aberdeen, and halt­ing the in­de­pen­dence move­ment, which will do sim­i­lar dam­age.”

“I want to fight for the cit­i­zens”

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