Councillor aiming for Holyrood

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Nigel Don, currently MSP for Angus North and Mearns, has been de-selected by his local party for next year’s Scottish Parliament election.

Nigel Don, who has been at Holyrood since 2007, lost out to Brechin councillor Mairi Evans in the battle to stand for the Angus North and Mearns constituency.

Mairi Evans received 54 per cent of votes from local supporters at the meeting, which was held last week.

Following her selection, she tweeted her delight, saying: “Feeling absolutely honoured, delighted, excited and extremely privileged to have been selected as the SNP candidate for Angus North and Mearns!”

Ms Evans has been a councillor for the Brechin and Edzell ward since 2007 and has spent much of the past year being involved with political work in Brussels. Mr Don has been at Holyrood since the 2007 Scottish Parliament election where he ended up on the North East Scotland list. In 2011 he fought the Angus North and Mearns seat. North East Scotland MSP Alex Johnstone and local businessman Derek Wann have been selected for the Conservatives in Angus North and South respectively.