Lindsay Razaq, Westminster Correspondent
The Liberal Democrats have unveiled their general election candidate for the West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine constituency.
John Waddell, 25, is from Banchory and currently a case worker for North East MSP Mike Rumbles.
He stood unsuccessfully for the party in Aberdeen South and North Kincardine in last year’s Scottish Parliament elections and is also a candidate for the George Street/Harbour ward in this week’s council elections.
Sir Robert Smith previously held the seat from 1997 but was beaten by the SNP’s Stuart Donaldson in 2015.
Mr Waddell said: “It is great honour to be nominated to stand for my home constituency.
“The Liberal Democrats are the only party who are fighting to keep Scotland in the UK and the UK in the single market and EU.
“That is what most people in West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine want to see.”
Mr Rumbles added: “John is extremely hard working and more than anything else cares about helping local people and our communities.
“We could not ask for a better representative for our area.”
Mr Donaldson, who won with 41.6% of the vote at the last general election, is standing again for the SNP.
Andrew Bowie has been selected to contest the seat for the Tories and Barry Black for Labour.