Despite taking more than half of the votes last time out, and sitting a majority of more than 8,500, the SNP’s Michael Russell insists he’s not treating the Scottish Parliament election battle in Argyll and Bute as a foregone conclusion.
Mr Russell – hot favourite to retain the seat he won for the first time in 2011 - spoke briefly to The Buteman on Saturday ahead of the opening of an ‘SNP Shop’ in Rothesay town centre, which will act as a hub for the party’s campaign on Bute ahead of the May 5 Holyrood poll.
“You have to take every election on its own merits,” he said, “and I’m fighting this one very seriously.
“We’ve done a lot in nine years in government but we have a lot more to do.
“Argyll and Bute is a great place to represent and I have the appetite to do lots more for the constituency and for Scotland.”
Mr Russell has three challengers hoping to unseat him on May 5 – the Conservatives’ Donald Cameron, Alan Reid for the Liberal Democrats and Mick Rice for Labour.
* You’ll be able to put your burning questions to all four Argyll and Bute candidates in Rothesay this week at The Buteman’s election hustings, taking place on Wednesday, April 13 at 7pm at the United Church of Bute’s church centre in Rothesay’s High Street.