Election candidates for Carrick now confirmed

With just over three weeks to go until the 2015 General Election, the list of candidates standing in the Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock seat has been confirmed.

And it promises to be a battle to win every vote with SNP candidate Corri Wilson currently predicted to oust former incumbent Labour’s Sandra Osborne.

A poll by Tory peer Lord Ashcroft released last month suggested that the current SNP councillor was on course to win by 11% over long serving Sandra Osborne. The respected Electoral Calculus website also currently gives the SNP a resounding margin of victory, saying they are on course to poll 38.7% of the votes, ahead of Labour on 31.6%, with the Conservatives polling in third on 24.6%.

Kirkmichael resident Lee Lyons is standing for the Conservatives this time in a constituency in which they finished second in the General Election of 2010. This time they face a resurgent nationalist challenge though.

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have chosen Richard Brodie as their candidate. Mr Brodie stood in the 2011 Scottish Parliamentary elections in Dumfries finishing fourth as Labour’s Elaine Murray was elected. If the polls are to be believed, Brodie’s party face a wipeout on May 7.

The final candidate standing in the Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock constituency is Joseph William Adam-Smith who is standing for the UK Independence Party (UKIP).

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