East Renfrewshire Jan 8, 2017 0:33:45 GMT via mobile
Post by Ayr Unionist on Jan 8, 2017 0:33:45 GMT
Yeah. I don't think it's an insoluble issue but it won't help in a close election.
Any connection to East Renfrewshire the chap has is very recent.
He described himself as "Born, bred, raised and shaped in Glasgow East" when running for Westminster there in 2015:
In 2016 he was MSP candidate for Uddingston and Bellshill and was living in Bothwell.
He now seems to live in Giffnock which perhaps makes it even stranger that there was not a decision to run 2 candidates there.
Suspect Giffnock is close enough to Newton Mearns that he'll qualify as a local though. Experienced campaigner and not far away from being elected on the Central Scotland list last year. May still struggle here though. 2 will be difficult but it isn't impossible.
That does seem a little convenient to be honest: I don't really understand why anyone would want to represent an area they have no ties to unless they are only doing it for the sake of a career.