Troon's Annie McIndoe has been selected as SNP candidate for Ayrshire Central at the next General Election.

The seat is currently held by the SNP's Dr Philippa Whitford who earlier this year announced her decision to step down at the next election.

Ms McIndoe defeated challenger Richard Walker - former editor of The National and another Troon resident - to win the nomination.

She said: "I am delighted and honoured to have been chosen as the SNP's Candidate for Central Ayrshire.

"I will work with passion and dedication as I always do to support communities, to support families, and businesses across Ayrshire.

"An Independent Scotland with full controls and powers can do so much better than under Westminster's control.

"Thank you to all involved in the selection process for your support and hard work."

Ms McIndoe is currently a caseworker for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock MP Allan Dorans.

The next General Election has to be held before the end of January 2025 and is widely expected to take place next year.

At the last vote for Central Ayrshire in 2019, Dr Whitford won a 46.2 per cent share of the vote for the SNP - a nine per cent increase on the 2017 election.

Tory candidate Derek Stillie came second with a 34.8 per cent share of the vote, with Labour's Louise McPhater third with a 14.1 share.