Moray election candidates call for your support
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WITH the UK set to go to the polls on Thursday a total of five candidates are vying to become Moray's MP.
Two years ago, Douglas Ross from the Conservatives won the seat, polling 47.5 per cent of the vote, with the SNP coming second with 38.8 per cent.
Speaking about why he thought the electorate should back him again, Mr Ross said: "Here in Moray many people are highlighting concerns about the NHS, education and other areas with Nicola Sturgeon in charge, yet these are being ignored while the SNP obsess about another referendum to separate Scotland from the rest of the UK.
"As someone born and bred in Moray, I'm passionate about this area and if re-elected I will continue to make local issues my number one priority."
The SNP's candidate is Laura Mitchell, who was born and raised in Keith.
She said: "Many are disillusioned with politics due to the mess and chaos in Westminster we’ve all witnessed all because of civil war in the Conservative Party. Voters tell me they can’t believe someone like Boris Johnson is Prime Minister and that he’s unfit for office.
"In contrast, the SNP Scottish Government has delivered new local schools, record NHS investment, flood schemes, new road and rail infrastructure, free higher education, affordable homes and helped mitigate Westminster cuts affecting low income families and our most vulnerable citizens."
Labour's Jo Kirby, a former teacher at Milne's High School in Fochabers, said: "The question for people is, do they want five more years of this shambolic Tory government?
"A Labour government will work for ordinary people and make life better for the many, and not just the few."
The Liberal Democrats candidate, Fiona Campbell, is also from the North East.
She said: "If you want Scotland to remain part of the EU and part of the United Kingdom then vote for the Liberal Democrats.
"Scotland needs to put all this constitutional chaos behind us and focus on building a brighter future through investmentin mental health, education and tackling the climate emergency."
Rob Scorer, who lives in Lossiemouth and is standing for UKIP, said: "We now live in an era dominated by people who use fear, propaganda and manufactured hysteria to get control.
"This collective thinks it is above the law, above our constitution and, worst of all, above the voter. Let’s show them how wrong they are. Sack them, vote this corruption out and start again."