Top Tories have announced their list of candidates to fight the West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine seat at the next general election.
The four-person list is made up of Deeside businessman Alexander Burnett, Aberdeenshire councillor Ross Thomson, Alex Johnstone MSP and Colin Clark.
In an unusual move, the Party is asking for the opinions of local residents on who their next candidate should be- whether they vote Conservative or not.
Following in the footsteps of a US-style ‘primary’ anyone attending this Sunday’s meeting in Aboyne’s Victory Hall will have the chance to select the next Conservative candidate for the area.
The March 9 event will be on at 2pm but people must register to attend before 5pm tomorrow (Friday) by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event will be chaired by Daily Telegraph Scotland editor and political commentator Alan Cochrane.
The seat was traditionally Tory-held until Liberal Democrat Sir Robert Smith won it in 1997.
A spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives said: “These events are about opening up the selection process to make it more transparent.
“This genuinely gives an opportunity to every constituent, wherever their party loyalties lie, to have their say on who the Scottish Conservative candidate will be in 2015.
Candidate Alexander Burnett said: “This is an exciting new democratic innovation in Scotland, and I hope as many people as possible in the constituency decide to take part.”
Candidate Ross Thomson said of his candidacy: “I already have a strong track record as a hardworking campaigner who delivers results, I ams a dedicated councillor who works hard for his constituents making the communities I represent better places to live and work.’’
Alex Johnstone pointed out: “In my time as a member of the Scottish Parliament, I have worked closely with politicians of all parties while always remaining true to my Conservative principals, challenging the consensus which exists there.
“In West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, we need the protection of a Conservative government, but we also need strong local representation within the Parliamentry party, ensuring that our needs are among that government’s top priorities.”