Candidate chosen for Aberdeen Donside by-election

10 May 2013

Aberdeen City Councillor Ross Thomson has been selected as the Scottish Conservative candidate for the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

The member for Hazlehead, Ashley and Queens Cross was chosen to stand in the contest by local party members at a meeting earlier this evening.

Ross will be joined by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson at a photocall for the launch of his campaign in Aberdeen tomorrow morning.

He said: “As a born and bred Aberdonian, and someone brought up in the Bridge of Don community, I feel that more than any other candidate I understand their concerns, hopes and aspirations.

“I have a strong record of delivering for local people with a reputation for getting things done and improving people’s quality of life.

“If elected to the Scottish Parliament, I will use that same drive, enthusiasm and determination to deliver change for the people of Aberdeen Donside.

“This is clearly demonstrated in my record, which includes helping to deliver the third Don Crossing, superfast broadband and the freezing of parking permits.

“Aberdeen is Scotland’s forgotten city. Only the Conservatives recognise the city is not only the powerhouse of Scotland’s economy but of the UK economy too.

“For too long, Aberdeen has suffered from the SNPs agenda of centralisation, and from being used as their cash cow for the rest of Scotland.

“We contribute the most financially as a city, yet get the least back and I will fight Aberdeen’s corner to get a better deal for taxpayers.

“The SNP’s plans for separation would hit Aberdeen hard and I will fight against the nationalist agenda vigorously to keep the city and Scotland’s place within the family of the UK.”

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP said:

“I am delighted cialis that Ross has been selected as the Scottish Conservative’s candidate to fight the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

“An Aberdeen boy born and raised, Ross loves this city and is already working hard as a councillor to make it an even better place to live, work and study.

“Young and enthusiastic, Ross has limitless energy with which to fight for the people of Aberdeen Donside – I know he is desperate to get out on the campaign trail and I only hope I am able to keep up with him.”



Ross was educated at Balmedie Primary School, Bridge of Don Academy and then the University of Aberdeen where Ross graduated with a first class honors degree in Politics and International Relations.
After graduating in 2009, Ross worked within the retail sector and worked as a customer adviser for the Bank of Scotland in Dyce between 2010 and 2011.
Latterly, Ross worked for Debenhams Aberdeen as their Store Trainer where his responsibilities included training staff, recruitment, HR and finance.
In May 2012, Ross was elected to represent Hazlehead, Ashley and Queen’s Cross on Aberdeen City Council.
Notable policy success include the delivery of the third Don Crossing, the selling of Council flats in mixed tenure buildings, the freezing of parking permits, superfast broadband, two hours of quality PE in schools and the roll out of self-directed support.
Outside of politics, Ross is heavily involved in the local community and sits on a number of boards and trusts.
He is a Governor of Robert Gordons College and a trustee of several bodies, including the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Chris Anderson Trust, Cowdray Hall Committee, Rubislaw Field Committee, and Friends of Hazlehead Park