Popular Councillor for Oban South and the Isles, Roddy McCuish, who has just been made SNP Campaign Director and Leader-Elect of the SNp group of councillors at Argyll and Bute, has been speaking for the first time about what lies ahead locally for his party.
First of all, he will now lead the 18-strong group of candidates towards what they are determined will be victory in the local council elections on 3rd May 2012.
Naturally he says its a privilege to be chosen as Leader-Elect – but he clearly feels it is.
He also has an experienced backstop to hand, which he welcomes, looking forward to the continued advice and support through the election campaign of current Leader, Councillor Robert MacIntyre from Bute.
Mr McCuish says: ‘The SNP have moved from the party of protest to the party of progress and our message is clear, we are building for recovery.
‘There is distrust and anger at some of the more recent decisions of the Liberal/ Tory/ Independent Alliance at Kilmory. We don’t want that for our people any longer.
‘It has seemed ridiculous to me that the administration wants to pick a fight with Holyrood, almost on a daily basis. The SNP team will work with Holyrood, Westminster and Europe to get the best decisions to meet the needs of our people.
‘Our manifesto, which will be revealed over the coming weeks, sets out clearly what we are going to be doing.
‘We will turn this council into one we can all be proud of. With an SNP councillor standing in every ward this is the biggest group of candidates we have ever fielded.’
Robert MacIntyre, who told his party he was stepping down from the group leader’s role last year,to concentrate his efforts on the people of Bute, says: ‘I congratulate Roddy on becoming campaign manager and leader-elect. I look forward to working with him over the coming weeks towards a very successful win in the local elections. We are going to work hard in campaigning throughout every ward.’