Tories Choose Candidate for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale

The Midlothian and Scottish Borders Scottish Conservative associations announced that Michelle Ballantyne will be their candidate for the Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale (MSTL) constituency in the Scottish Parliament.

Mrs. Ballantyne was selected as the candidate for MSTL last night, and will contest the seat at the Scottish Parliamentary elections set to be held in 2021. She stood for the seat during the 2016 election and increased the Scottish Conservative’s vote share by 16.8 per cent.

The seat covers parts of Midlothian and the Scottish Borders and is currently held by the SNP’s Christine Grahame.

Michelle Ballantyne, currently a list MSP for South Scotland, said it was “an honour” to be reselected as a candidate and looked forward to making her case to voters in MSTL.

Michelle Ballantyne MSP commented:

“Having lived and worked in the constituency for the past 29 years, raised my six children and built our business in the constituency, I know the challenges both young and old face.

“I believe its important politicians bring real life experience and knowledge to the role. I’ve worked extensively in the public, private sector and charity sectors and I hope to continue to bring my operational and strategic understanding to the political arena.

“I am looking forward to what I’m sure will be a very robust campaign and to making the case as to how I can best serve the people of Midlothian South, Lauderdale and Tweeddale.”