East Lothian Councillor and former businessman Craig Hoy has been selected by the East Lothian Conservative and Unionist Party to contest the upcoming General Election.
A local resident, Mr Hoy had already been picked as the party’s Scottish parliamentary candidate and says he will spend the coming weeks “making the positive case for East Lothian as part of a strong Scotland in a strong United Kingdom”.
Mr Hoy, 44, started his career in journalism before taking on senior management roles in publishing and political intelligence in the UK and Asia Pacific. He worked for organisations including the BBC, Holyrood Magazine and Dods Parliamentary Communications before setting up his own events and intelligence business in Hong Kong over a decade ago.
He lives in Haddington with his civil partner and is widely respected as an effective and committed local campaigner. Since his election to East Lothian Council - where he secured a six per cent swing to beat both Labour and the SNP - he has worked tirelessly to promote the interests of local residents.
Commenting on his selection, Mr Hoy said: “The next election will be crucial for the people of East Lothian and for the future of the UK. With Jeremy Corbyn’s out-of-date, hard left policies, it is clear that the Labour candidate can no longer win in this constituency, so it’s going to be a straight contest between the Scottish Conservatives and the SNP.”
“Over the coming weeks, I’ll be making the positive case for East Lothian as part of a strong Scotland in a strong United Kingdom. I will point out how divisive and damaging a second independence referendum would be to local jobs, the economy and public services in East Lothian.”
“I will highlight the SNP’s failures on health, education, crime and transport - and I will work hard to promote business and fight for a fair deal for young people. I will also defend rural communities and speak up for older people and the most vulnerable in the constituency.”
He added: “People are sick and tired of division and delay on Brexit. I want the next Parliament to pass the deal, allowing us to move our focus back to the everyday domestic issues that matter to local people.”
Local Party Chairman Tim Jackson commented: “Craig is the logical choice - and by far the best candidate - to represent East Lothian in the House of Commons.”
“We’re delighted he has agreed to be our candidate for this make or break election, where he will prove, as he did earlier this year, that only the Scottish Conservatives can beat Labour and the SNP by focusing on the real issues that are important to East Lothian residents”.
“Craig's down to earth approach to campaigning, combined with his considerable experience in business and the media means he will make a first class MP. He knows the ropes at Westminster and from day one he will be able to effectively represent everyone living in East Lothian.”