Tory is favourite to take Argyll and Bute back from SNP

Reid (Liberal), Mulvaney (Conservative) and O’Hara (SNP)

By Bill Heaney

Conservative Gary Mulvaney is hotly tipped to win the four-way fight for Argyll and Bute in next month’s elections for the UK Parliament.

The SNP, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are fielding the same candidates as in 2017, while Labour’s candidate was announced this week.

Brendan O’Hara will be looking to retain the seat he first won for the SNP in 2015, with opposition from Alan Reid – Mr O’Hara’s Liberal Democrat predecessor as MP – and Gary Mulvaney (Conservative), as well Labour’s Rhea Louise Barnes, whose address is given as Windsor Crescent in Paisley.

Mr O’Hara retained his seat in 2017, but with a majority reduced to 1,328 – his share of the vote fell by 8.3% compared to 2015 while Mr Mulvaney’s increased by 18.3%.

But he is unlikely to hold on this time as the SNP are are anti-nuclear and more and more pro Trident voters are moving into the constituency, which is home to Naval Base Clyde.

The bookies have called the betting at: Mulvaney 6/4, O’Hara 2/1 and 4/1 Reid.

Mr Reid was third in 2015, 7,200 votes behind Mr Mulvaney, while Michael Kelly, the Labour candidate in 2015, was fourth with just over 6,000 votes.

A full list of polling stations for the December 12 election is available here.

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