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Candidates announced for General Election

Posted on 11 May 2017
The candidates who will contest the North Ayrshire and Arran constituency in the UK Parliamentary Election have been confirmed.

North Ayrshire will go to the polls on Thursday, June 8, to elect its MPs for the Westminster Parliament.

After the deadline passed today (4pm Thursday, May 11) for the delivery of nomination papers, the confirmed candidates for the North Ayrshire and Arran constituency are:

Mark Dickson - Scottish Liberal Democrats

Patricia Gibson - Scottish National Party (SNP)

Christopher Rimicans - Scottish Labour Party

David Rocks - Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Returning Officer Elma Murray said: “Our priority, as always, is to continue to ensure the democratic process is open, efficient and transparent.

“Having recently staged the local council elections, our staff are well prepared for the vote and count in June.

“We were very encouraged by the number of people who turned out to vote earlier this month in the Council elections – indeed the turnout increased by six per cent on the previous election - and I hope that voters will continue to ensure their voice is heard by casting their vote in the Parliamentary election.”

If you were registered for the recent Council elections, then it is likely that you will be eligible to vote in the Parliamentary election. However, if you have changed address or other details have changed, you are advised to check your registration by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or contact the Electoral Registration Officer who is based in Ayr on (01292) 612221.

The deadline for registering to vote is Monday, May 22, while the deadline for registering a new postal vote is Tuesday, May 23. For those wishing to apply for a proxy vote, the deadline is Wednesday, May 31.

Voters aged 16 or 17 on June 8 should be aware that while they were eligible to vote in the Council elections, they will not be able to vote in the Parliamentary Election as the minimum voting age is 18.

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm for the Parliamentary Election on June 8. The count for the North Ayrshire and Arran constituency will thereafter be held in St Matthew’s Academy, Saltcoats, with the declaration made in the early hours of Friday, June 9.

Some parts of Kilwinning and Irvine are part of the Central Ayrshire constituency and the count for this seat will be held in South Ayrshire.

The candidates for Central Ayrshire are:

Caroline Joy Hollins Martin – Scottish Conservative and Unionist

Tom Inglis – Scottish Liberal Democrat

Nairn McDonald – Scottish Labour Party

Philippa Whitford – Scottish National Party (SNP)