The TV producer chosen to fight Argyll and Bute for the SNP in May’s general election says he wants to help bring in a new type of inclusive politics.
Brendan O’Hara, who is aged 51 and has lived in Helensburgh for more than ten years, was speaking after seeing off the challenges of Antony Harrison and Simon Kemp in a ballot of the party’s Argyll and Bute membership.
Speaking shortly after the result was announced, Mr O’Hara said: “While this General Election is not a re-run of the referendum, we want to bring together the 40% of the people in Argyll and Bute who said Yes to independence as well as those people who may have voted No but recognise that a strong SNP presence at Westminster is the only way to guarantee that substantial new powers offered in ‘The Vow’ made by the Tories, Labour and the Lib Dems will be delivered to Scotland.
“The people of Argyll and Bute are rightly fed up with the cynicism of some politicians promising one thing and delivering another. Whether it’s an MP propping up a Tory Government that Scotland overwhelmingly rejected or Argyll and Bute councillors ignoring the wishes of the community by denying something like the buy-out of Castle Toward, our politics has become top-down and out-of-touch.
“We need a new type of politics; one that’s inclusive and listens to what you and your community is saying.”
Argyll and Bute is one of the SNP’s top target seats in the May 7 poll; as well as the sitting MP Alan Reid, Mr O’Hara will be joined on the ballot paper by the Conservatives’ Alastair Redman, Mary Galbraith for Labour and the UKIP candidate Caroline Santos.