Nearly all Midlothian North candidates decline opportunity to doorstep locals during Scottish election campaign

Most of the candidates for the Midlothian North and Musselburgh constituency have declined the opportunity to doorstep locals.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 3:04 pm
Stock photo of canvassing. Neil Hanna Photography.

Despite door to door canvassing and doorstepping being permitted as of Monday (April 12) afternoon, three of the four candidates have said they will not be knocking doors during the campaign.

SNP candidate Colin Beattie said: "The risk is too high for both the canvasser and the person being canvassed. Clearly this is a seriously considered decision since the SNP has by far the greater resources on the ground and such door to door activity would be a valuable election tool.

"People’s lives and wellbeing are much more important than this activity. I hope residents will understand why we have made this decision. We can still be contacted at [email protected] or 07885026937 should anyone have any questions on our stance on this.”

Labour candidate Stephen Curran has also decided to avoid doorstepping. He said: "I will miss the chance to get to meet voters and talk about the issues affecting them, but it is for the safety of everyone concerned that we limit face to face discussions in an effort to support our exit from this pandemic.

"Residents will still receive communications (digital and leaflets) about our campaign, and I’m encouraging people to get in touch if they have any questions at all. My email address is [email protected] I also have a website and YouTube Channel, both can be accessed at Stay Safe.”

Liberal Democrats candidate Charles Dundas said "Due to the current pandemic neither I, nor my team, will be doing any door to door canvassing, leaflet deliveries will continue through letterboxes as usual though."

However, Scottish Conservative candidate Iain Whyte was non-committal on the subject. He said: “While the success of the vaccination scheme has improved the public health situation, we must be mindful that this deadly virus has simply not gone away.

"People are still wary as restrictions ease and I will be very mindful of that as we head towards election day. While it is welcome that guidance is now allowing door-to-door canvassing, this should be done strictly in line with the current position in Midlothian.”