The Tory candidate for next year’s Holyrood election has brushed off claims it will be a two-horse race between the Lib-Dems and SNP.
Cameron Smith has highlighted a Conservative “resurgence” under Scottish leader Ruth Davidson, claiming some polls put the Tories in second place.
He has dismissed a stance taken by incumbent MSP Tavish Scott, who in an electioneering paper Shetland Gazette has insisted Labour and the Tories will be left far behind in next year’s Scottish campaign.
The 28 year-old Conservative adviser, who has worked for the party in Brussels for the past six years, insists being a Tory MSP would enable him to “link directly” to Westminster Conservatives.
He also criticised the “centralised priorities” of the SNP government at Holyrood.
“If you look at how the Conservatives are doing across Scotland, you see that the Scottish Conservatives, under Ruth Davidson, are having a bit of a resurgence – a long, overdue resurgence – and are now pushing into second place in some polls.”
He added a number of long-standing Lib-Dem MPs lost their seats in last year’s General Election.
“Now it’s the challenge of all the parties to put forward their views and the electorate will make their decision.”
• See tomorrow’s Shetland Times for more details.