SNP depute leadership campaign kicks-off in Buchan

Pictured (left to right) are Stewart Stevenson MSP; Tommy Sheppard MP; Gillian Martin MSP; Angus Robertson MP, Cllr Chris McEleny and Eilidh Whiteford MP.
Pictured (left to right) are Stewart Stevenson MSP; Tommy Sheppard MP; Gillian Martin MSP; Angus Robertson MP, Cllr Chris McEleny and Eilidh Whiteford MP.

Buchan hosted the first hustings of the SNP’s depute leadership campaign on Wednesday, at an event attended by three of the contest’s challengers.

Angus Robertson MP, Tommy Shepherd MP and Cllr Chris McEleny were greeted by an audience of nearly100 local SNP members, who asked questions directly to the candidates. The fourth candidate, Alyn Smith MEP, was unable to attend due to prior commitments, however he did send a statement of intent to be read.

The event at Longhaven Hall was chaired by Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin, and represented the opening debate in what is set to be a keenly contested campaign.

Speaking after the event, Gillian Martin said: “It was fantastic to meet the challengers, and to quiz them on their ideas for taking the party forward. There were great performances all round, and the event was deeply informative for members.”

Constituency MP for Banff and Buchan, Eilidh Whiteford, added:“I was very proud to note that the very first hustings of the campaign was held in the North-east, and the event was an opportunity for the challengers to hear for themselves the opinions of local members and the challenges faced in Banff & Buchan.

“The debate was vigorous, open and frank, and the candidates present rose to the occasion admirably.”