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Civil engineer aims to unseat Alistair Darling


CIVIL ENGINEER Gordon Buchan this week said he hoped to end transport secretary Alistair Darling's career as an Edinburgh MP at the General Election next month.

Buchan is standing as a nservative against Darling for the newly created Edinburgh South West constituency.

Darling had an 8,142 majority when he stood for the old Edinburgh Central constituency in 2001. But Buchan said he was vulnerable this time.

He said Labour had lost ground in Edinburgh after failing to win the referendum on whether to impose congestion charging on local motorists (NCE 24 February).

Buchan said he would campaign to overturn legislation allowing congestion charging to be introduced.

He is one of nine more civil engineers who emerged this week as election candidates, bringing the total now standing to 13.

Of the nine, two are Labour and four are Conservative. The rest represent the UK Independence Party, the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland and the single issue Save Bristol North Baths Party (SBNBP).

Labour's David Stokes and George McManus are standing for Bournemouth East and Beverley & Holderness respectively.

As well as Buchan, Conservatives are Ian Gibb, Marco Longhi and Eddie Hall - standing for North Warwickshire, Dudley South and Birmingham Hall Green.

UKIP candidate and managing director of geotechnical consultant Worms Eye, Graham Cannon, is fi ghting the Pendle constituency in Lancashire.

The Alliance Party candidate is Naomi Long, daughter-inlaw of former ICE president Professor Adrian Long. She is also standing in the local elections and is a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

reelance engineer Doug Reid is standing for the SBNBP in Bristol West.

He said he had put himself forward to raise awareness of a campaign to save his local swimming pool from closure.

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