Murdo MacDonald is Conservative Candidate

Thursday February 8th 2018

Murdo MacDonald Conservative Penicuik by-election

Murdo MacDonald (centre) with the five Midlothian Conservative Councillors

Midlothian Conservatives have selected Murdo MacDonald as their candidate in the upcoming Penicuik by-election, following the sad passing of Adam Montgomery.

Conservative Councillor Andrew Hardie topped the poll in Penicuik last May and the party is aiming for a repeat performance.

Murdo is a local man and lives in the ward. He has recently retired from a career in the defence industry and was a reservist prior to that. With his wealth of experience, the Conservatives say that he is ideally placed to fight Penicuik’s corner alongside Councillor Hardie and is looking forward to the campaign.

Councillors, MSPs and activists have already been hitting the doorsteps in the ward and residents are very much aware of the high profile of the Conservative councillors in Midlothian.

Murdo said, “I am delighted to have been selected as the Conservative candidate in Penicuik: last May saw a huge swing to the Scottish Conservatives in the town and I hope that people can see that the Conservatives have provided proper scrutiny and new ideas in Midlothian Council. I would be honoured to represent my town on Midlothian Council and look forward to meeting residents in the coming weeks.”

Councillor Hardie commented, “Murdo is a fantastic local candidate who we are delighted to have on our team. Since my election, I have spoken out for affordable housing, stood up for local commuters and voice my support for a railway to Penicuik, and I hope that I will soon have Murdo fighting for these things as well in the Council.

“The Conservatives won Penicuik on first preferences last May, and we will do everything to make sure that we do so again. The SNP government has threatened local councils with even bigger cuts unless we roll over and meekly accept our lot. We will continue to robustly oppose this centralisation of power and put Penicuik and Midlothian first.”

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