SNP candidate for Ochil and South Perthshire John Nicolson was branded a “laughing stock” after telling Alloa voters to vote for him “here in East Dunbartonshire”.
Mr Nicolson, who used to be East Dunbartonshire MP until he lost his seat in 2017, confused Ochil and South Perthshire with his old constituency during a hustings at Alloa Town Hall.
The SNP candidate’s gaffe was meet with jeers and laughter at the event.
Mr Nicolson told the audience: “Please trust me with your vote on December 12. As you know, only the Scottish National Party can beat the Tories here in East Dunbartonshire.”
Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser said: “John Nicolson is now a laughing stock.
“It’s well known he was parachuted in to Ochil and South Perthshire last month by Nicola Sturgeon. You’d think by now that he would have worked out where he was.
“People have had enough of SNP place-men thinking they can walk in with a God-given right to a seat.
“In two weeks’ time, voters in Ochil and South Perthshire can tell Mr Nicolson to go home and think again – assuming he can find his way there.”
Mr Nicolson said: “I made a slip of the tongue. We’re all human.
“On December 12 voters in Ochil and South Perthshire will face the choice between a Tory candidate prepared to do whatever Boris Johnson tells him – trading away Scotland’s NHS to Donald Trump and taking Scotland out of the EU. Or an SNP candidate who will act to protect Scotland from Boris Johnson and ensure we have a choice over our future.”