Jamie Greene MSP has been announced as the Scottish Conservative candidate for Cunninghame North in the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary election.

Mr Greene has been hailed as a ‘rising star’ of the Scottish Conservatives as he is promoted to shadow cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity .

He stood for the North Ayrshire and Arran seat in the 2016 General Election and the following year in 2016 Scottish Parliament election, increasing his party’s vote share by 11 per cent and was elected on the regional list as an MSP.

The Scottish Conservatives are currently the official opposition to the SNP Government in the Scottish Parliament. The Largs-based politician was previously the shadow digital and transport minister.

Mr. Greene said he was delighted at being chosen and has promised to provide North Ayrshire and Arran with a voice at the Scottish Parliament.

He said: “These are difficult and divisive times in politics but we also need to come together and look after the everyday things that matter to people.

“For too long North Ayrshire and Arran has lacked a voice in both our parliaments. Over the next 18 months, I will make my case that it is time we had an MSP who had the guts to stand up the SNP government in Holyrood. One who believes in the UK and one who actually respects the results of every referendum that Scotland has faced.

“After many years of SNP failures and mismanagement in charge of Scotland, be it NHS waiting times, GP and teacher shortages, our crumbling roads, higher taxes, the new Arran ferry fiasco, and our underfunded local council, I think it’s about time people got the MSP they deserve.

Richard Wilkinson, North Ayrshire and Arran Conservative Party Chairman said: “I would encourage others to step forward and volunteer their time to help elect Jamie as the local MSP and give North Ayrshire and its island communities proper representation in Holyrood.”

The incumbent MSP for Cunninghame North is Kenneth Gibson MSP of the SNP.