Liberal Democrat candidate Aileen Morton believes this election is a chance to change the direction in which the UK is heading.

Ms Morton, re-elected this month as a councillor in Argyll and Bute, said the Lib Dems should be backed by those who want Scotland to remain in the UK and the UK to remain in the European Union.

She added: “In 2014, the people of East Renfrewshire voted by a substantial majority for Scotland to remain part of the UK.

“In 2016, the people of East Renfrewshire voted by a substantial majority for the UK to remain part of the European Union. On June 8, they will have the chance to vote for a party that agrees with the people of East Renfrewshire.”

Ms Morton said her priorities include halting the SNP’s plans for another independence referendum, stopping the Conservative-led hard Brexit, investing in education and mental health and creating a UK that is open, tolerant and united.

She believes it is in the best interests of all for Scotland to work with others in the UK and Europe to build a strong economy.

She added: “On a more personal note, I have been a councillor for just over five years now and I have gained hugely-valuable experience in that time.

“My wide range of experience – politically, professionally and as a volunteer – means that I have proven I can really deliver for the communities of East Renfrewshire.

“I am used to working hard, listening to my constituents and finding innovative ways to improve their lives and the area they live within.

“I would ask that, on June 8, people vote for the Scottish Liberal Democrats.”