At a meeting in East Linton last week, members of the East Lothian Conservative and Unionist Association selected Michael Veitch to contest the Dunbar and East Linton ward at next year’s East Lothian Council elections.
Michael, 32, who lives in the ward with his wife, is a graduate of St Andrews University and a former sales executive with Cadbury.
More recently he was head of the Conservative research unit at the Scottish Parliament. He was the Scottish Conservative candidate for East Lothian at last year’s Westminster election where he finished in second place and secured one of the largest increases in the Conservative vote in Scotland.
Commenting on his selection, Michael said: “Dunbar, East Linton and the surrounding villages and countryside are undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of East Lothian, and I can think of no greater privilege than to represent my home community on the Council.
“I will be working extremely hard in the coming months to meet as many local people as I can and to discuss the issues which are of concern to them.
“It is a disgrace that for too many people, local government has become a by-word for inefficiency, bureaucracy and vanity projects - such as the Edinburgh trams.
“If elected, I will work hard to ensure that every penny taken from local tax-payers is used wisely and not frittered away on schemes of dubious value.”