In brief: Solicitor lands safest Scottish Tory seat

The Scottish Solicitor General, Paul Cullen, has been selected to stand as the Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for Eastwood near Glasgow. The constituency – the safest Tory seat in Scotland – was left vacant when its sitting MP Allan Steward resigned following press reports about his health and private life. Cullen, 40, a relative newcomer to the political scene, was said to have been backed by a good majority when the Eastwood Conservative Association considered their shortlist.