SNP kicks off bid to retain Argyll and Bute seat

SNP activists with Michael Russell MSP and Brendan O'Hara MP in Oban on Saturday, January 9.
SNP activists with Michael Russell MSP and Brendan O'Hara MP in Oban on Saturday, January 9.

The SNP’s bid to retain the Argyll and Bute constituency in this May’s Scottish Parliament elections got under way in earnest at the weekend.

Party activists were joined in Oban on Saturday by sitting MSP Michael Russell, hot favourite to retain the seat he won in 2011, and the area’s Westminster MP Brendan O’Hara.

Mr Russell said: “Over the next four months, the SNP will be leading a positive, ambitious, debate about the future of our country – not just in government and in parliament, but in every city, town, village and street in Scotland.

“And from now until election day I will be working harder than ever to keep the trust of people in Argyll and Bute – and to secure a historic third term in office with the re-election of Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister and an SNP Government getting on with the job of delivering for Argyll and Bute and for Scotland.”

Mr Russell will be joined on the Argyll and Bute ballot paper on May 5 by Donald Cameron for the Conservatives and Alan Reid, whose 14-year term as Argyll and Bute’s MP ended in defeat to the SNP last May, for the Liberal Democrats.

Mr Russell won the seat with more than 50 per cent of the vote at the last Holyrood election, succeeding his retiring SNP colleague Jim Mather.

The name of Labour’s candidate has yet to be announced.