Nigel Don, currently MSP for Angus North and Mearns, has been de-selected by his local party for next year’s Scottish Parliament election.
Mr Don, who has been at Holyrood since 2007, lost out to Brechin councillor Mairi Evans in the battle to stand for the Angus North and Mearns constituency.
Mairi Evans received 54 per cent of votes from local supporters at the meeting, which was held last week.
Following her selection, she tweeted her delight, saying: “Feeling absolutely honoured, delighted, excited and extremely privileged to have been selected as the SNP candidate for Angus North and Mearns!”
Ms Evans has been a councillor for the Brechin and Edzell ward since 2007 and has spent much of the past year being involved with political work in Brussels.
Mr Don ended up on the North East Scotland list following the 2007 Scottish Parliament election.
In 2011 he fought the Angus North and Mearns seat.
Scottish Lib Dem candidate for Angus North and Mearns, Sanjay Samani, has fired the first shots in race for Holyrood saying he isn’t surprised at the news.
He added: ”I am not surprised that Nigel Don has been ditched by local SNP members. He has not been standing up for us in Angus and Mearns.
“As a junior Transport Minister and member of the Scottish Parliament’s Petition Committee, he twice tried to shut down Jill Fotheringham’s petition for the Laurencekirk flyover.
‘‘ He did nothing while they shut Angus and Mearns services like police counters, sheriff courts and slashed Angus college places.”
Councillor David May added: “I have been campaigning for people not only in Montrose but across all of Angus. Despite the huge SNP government underspend we in the council are still being faced with massive cuts to our essential education and social work services.
“Furthermore the centralisation of the police, the loss of traffic wardens and our police counters, along with cuts in places at our colleges and still no action over the much needed flyover at Laurencekirk all show we do not want an SNP MSP who votes how their party tells them to.’’
‘‘We need an MSP who will fight for Angus.”