Candidates for Scottish elections

Votes will be cast on May 5
Votes will be cast on May 5

The candidates for next month’s Scottish Parliament elections have been confirmed.

Sixteen people are bidding for the four local seats and hoping to head to Holyrood after the polls close and votes are counted on May 5.

In Linlithgow Fiona Hyslop (SNP) is hoping to be returned for another term but will face opposition from Angela Moohan (Labour), Dan Farthing-Sykes (Lib Dems) and Charles Kennedy (Conservative).

Her SNP colleague Angus MacDonald will be looking to be returned again as the MSP for Falkirk East, taking in Bo’ness. His opposition is in the form of Callum Laidlaw (Conservative), Craig Martin (Labour) and James Munro (Lib Dems).

In Edinburgh Western there are four new faces after the SNP’s Colin Keir was deselected. Hoping to represent the voters of South Queensferry are Sandy Batho (Conservative), Alex Cole-Hamilton (Lib Dems), Toni Giugliano (SNP) and Cat Headley (Labour).

Angela Constance will be hoping to be returned for the SNP in Almond Valley, taking in Winchburgh voters, with her opponents Charles Dundas (Lib Dems), Neil Findlay (Labour) and Stephanie Smith (Conservative).

Polls will be open on the day from 7am until 10pm.

Voters will also have a separate ballot paper to make a selection from the regional lists of Lothian and Central Scotland.