Russell re-selected for Argyll and Bute contest

Michael Russell has been selected to defend the Argyll and Bute seat for the SNP at the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.
Michael Russell has been selected to defend the Argyll and Bute seat for the SNP at the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.

Sitting MSP Michael Russell has been unanimously selected as the SNP’s Argyll and Bute candidate for next year’s Scottish Parliament election.

Mr Russell was the only person backed by the branches and the constituency party in Argyll and Bute and was therefore confirmed as the unanimous choice.

The party’s constituency vice-chair, Antony Harrison, said: “It was no surprise that the four week constituency nomination period closed with no other nominations coming forward.

“There are now over two thousand members of the SNP in Argyll and Bute and I know that they are all looking forward to campaigning hard for Michael’s re-election next year.”

Mr Russell was a south of Scotland ‘regional list’ MSP for two four-year periods from 1999 and from 2007 and, following the retiral of Jim Mather ahead of the 2011 poll, increased the SNP’s majority in the Argyll and Bute seat from 815 votes to 8,543.

He is the first declared candidate for the constituency in next year’s election.

“It is a great privilege and honour to represent Argyll and Bute in the Scottish Parliament,” he said, “and I am keen to go on doing so during the next term.

“The unanimous support of the constituency means a great deal to me and I am very grateful for it.”