Scottish election: Second Tory candidate steps down

Iain Whyte (Edinburgh City Council photo)
Image caption Edinburgh councillor Iain Whyte stepped down because of new rules

A second Conservative candidate for the Scottish elections has stood down.

Edinburgh councillor Iain Whyte dropped out of the race for Maryhill and Springburn in Glasgow.

This week the top Tory candidate on the Glasgow regional list, Malcolm Macaskill, decided not to stand after discussions with the candidates' board.

A Tory spokesman said Mr Whyte had stepped down because of new rules which could have cost him his current position on Lothian Health Board.

He added: "Changes to the selection system on Lothian Health Board meant Iain unfortunately had to reconsider his position and stand down as a candidate in Glasgow."

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