11 April 2006

More from Moray

There are a total of five candidates standing:

Richard Lochhead will be defending the SNP's majority against a challenge from the Tories' Mary Scanlon. Labour and the LibDems are both fielding local Councillors, in the shape of Sandy Keith and Linda gorn respectively. The SSP and Greens are conspicuous in their absence (UKIP aren't there either, but their absence isn't all that conspicuous), but Mev Brown (formerly of the Tories, then UKIP) has launched the NHSFirst Party and is its candidate.

Meanwhile, David Petrie takes over Mary Scanlon's role as a Highlands and Islands List MSP, and Maureen Watt replaces Richard Lochhead in the North East, with Alasdair Allan deciding to concentrate on his bid to win the Western Isles next year.

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