A Glasgow councillor is in the run for Margaret Ferrier's seat.

Shettleston politician Thomas Kerr is the Conservative candidate to become the MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, the party has confirmed.

This comes after Margaret Ferrier, who previously held the position, was recalled, following a petition signed by 11,896 voters.

In September 2020, the former SNP MP travelled by train at the height of the pandemic, having tested positive for Covid.

Now, a by-election will be held to determine who will take her seat.

Thomas Kerr said: “I’m honoured to have been selected to stand as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate in this by-election.

“Voters in Rutherglen and Hamilton West have a chance to send the SNP a strong message that they should focus on their real priorities rather than continuing to prioritise independence.

“They deserve an MP who will be focused on tackling their real challenges such as the cost-of-living crisis, reducing NHS waiting times and strengthening the local economy.

“I have a real track record of delivering for people during my period as a councillor for Shettleston – and I want to reassure my constituents that will continue to be the case during this period.”