Scotland

Scottish Tories select Euro MP candidates

A former Scottish Fishermen's Federation official has been chosen as lead Tory candidate to fight next year's European Parliament elections.

Ian Duncan has been working at the Scottish Parliament's office in Brussels.

He won a ballot of Scottish Conservative party members to replace Struan Stevenson at the top of the Tory list.

Mr Stevenson will stand down next year after 15 years as an MEP.

The next elections to the European Parliament will take place at the end of May 2014.

The UK has 73 MEPs who are voted for within 12 electoral regions.

Scotland returns six MEPs under a proportional representation system.

At the last election, in 2009, this consisted of two SNP, two Labour, one Lib Dem and one Tory - Mr Stevenson.

Mr Stevenson's parliamentary assistant, Belinda Don, was also on the Tory list along with Nosheena Mobarik, chairwoman of CBI Scotland.

Jamie Gardiner, Iain McGill and Stuart McIntyre complete the six Tory hopefuls.

Mr Duncan said it was a "tremendous honour" to have been selected at the top of the list.

He said: "Struan will be a hard act to follow and his support will be invaluable in the coming months."