SCOTTISH Conservative leader Douglas Ross joined Eastwood candidate Jackson Carlaw on the campaign trail at the weekend.

Mr Carlaw is hoping to retain the seat he won at the last Scottish Parliament election in 2016.

And, with just days to go before Eastwood voters head to the polls to elect their MSP, Mr Ross paid a visit to Newton Mearns to show his support.

Mr Ross said: “I was delighted to get out on the campaign trail with Jackson in the last week before polling day.

“Jackson has been an outstanding constituency MSP for Eastwood over the last five years and I know he will continue to stand up for local people if he is re-elected.

"I would be honoured to have him as part of my team in Parliament."

Mr Ross said voters in Eastwood have "a stark choice" as they head to the polls on Thursday.

He added: "They can choose to have one hundred per cent focus on rebuilding their communities by voting for Jackson and the Scottish Conservatives or they can return to another divisive referendum with the SNP.

“Only a vote for Jackson Carlaw on your constituency ballot and the Scottish Conservatives on your peach party list vote can help stop an SNP majority, stop their push for indyref2 and guarantee a MSP who is focused on Eastwood’s recovery.”

Mr Carlaw, a former leader of the Scottish Conservatives, said it was "great" to be joined by Mr Ross to deliver a "positive message" to voters.

“This has been a campaign like no other, with the Covid-related restrictions in place, but it is clear voters here in Eastwood don’t want another referendum and instead want to firmly focus on our recovery," he added.

“This seat is a straight fight between myself, who will be relentlessly focused on rebuilding our communities across Eastwood, or the SNP candidate, who will only be obsessed about breaking up the United Kingdom.

“I was honoured when voters in Eastwood elected me as their constituency MSP five years ago and it would be an even bigger honour to be re-elected on Thursday.

“Only a vote for me will put the day-to-day priorities of Eastwood’s communities first over any plans to put them through another independence referendum.”

Also standing in Eastwood are Colm Merrick (SNP), Katie Pragnell (Labour), Tahir Jameel (Lib Dems), Janice Mackay (UK Independence Party) and David Macdonald (Independent).