THE SNP'S Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh was joined on the campaign trail by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday, with the duo touring businesses on Auchterarder High Street.

Just days after the council elections, candidates up and down the country have launched their Westminster election bids.

Ms Ahmed-Sheikh won the Ochil and South Perthshire constituency just two years ago, claiming a majority of more than 10,000 votes.

However, with a snap General Election called by Prime Minister Theresa May, she is now seeking to be re-elected on June 8.

Speaking after their visit to the town, Ms Sturgeon said: "I’m delighted to have been able to join Tasmina on the campaign trail today.

"She was one of the hardest working MPs over the past two years, and I know she’s absolutely committed to winning re-election here and continuing the job of standing up for Scotland and her constituents at every opportunity.

“Only a vote to re-elect Tasmina here is a vote to protect local families from damaging Tory polices.

"A vote for the Tory candidate is a vote to support the Rape Clause, for a hard-right Brexit and to end the triple lock on pensions."

Ms Ahmed-Sheikh added: "It was fantastic to be out and about meeting voters on Auchterarder High Street with our First Minister this afternoon.

"It was also chance speak to local businesses about how I can continue to support their work from Westminster, and it gave me an opportunity to listen to the views of local voters about what important issues will guide their vote on June 8.

"It's already clear that we need a strong local MP who will stand up to Theresa May's right-wing Tory Government and protect local families and businesses.

"If I’m re-elected I’ll also continue my work to protect pensions, support the Scottish Parliament and to stand up for those in our community who need our help.

"People here understand the danger of electing a Tory yes-man to do Theresa May’s bidding. That’s why I’ll be working hard each day until June 8 to be re-elected as this community’s strong voice at Westminster."