SCOTTISH Conservative politician Stephen Kerr is set to run for a seat at the next UK General Election despite already serving as an MSP in the Scottish Parliament.

Kerr has been selected by his party to run in the newly created North Tayside constituency at the next Westminster election. 

He previously served as the MP for Stirling following the 2017 General Election although lost his seat to the SNP in 2019.

Even though he currently serves as an MSP for Central Scotland, Kerr said he was keen to return to Westminster.

“I was born and brought up in this part of Scotland and joined the Scottish Conservative Party when I was still at Forfar Academy,” he said.

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“It is the greatest honour to have been selected by my party to contest this new seat for the Scottish Conservatives and I will give it my all.

“I will be campaigning on local issues and look forward to meeting residents and businesses across north Perthshire and Angus over the coming weeks and months.”

The SNP MP Pete Wishart said the move showed a lack of respect for Holyrood.

He added: “Stephen Kerr is showing just how little respect he and the rest of the Tories have for Scotland’s parliament that he wants to scuttle off back to Westminster at the first opportunity.”