Argyll and Bute’s sitting SNP MSP, Michael Russell has been re-selected to fight the Holyrood election in the constituency next year, May 2016.
When nominations closed on Sunday he was the only person backed by the branches and the constituency party in Argyll & Bute and was therefore confirmed as the unanimous choice.
After the meeting, Argyll & Bute Constituency Vice Chair, Antony Harrison – a contestant to be the SNP candidate for the UK General election earlier this year and losing to Brendan O’Hara, who went on to take the seat from Liberal Democrat, Alan Reid, said: ‘It was no surprise that the four week Constituency nomination period closed with no other nominations coming forward.
‘Michael’s original nomination at our June meeting, proposed by Mike MacKenzie MSP was greeted with enthusiastic applause. He has proved to be a popular and hard working MSP across this very large constituency and has campaigned vigorously on a range of important issues, not least on the need for radical change in the present Council administration which is damaging communities throughout the area.
‘There are now over 2000 members of the SNP in Argyll & Bute and I know that they are all looking forward to campaigning hard for Michael’s re-election next year.’
Michael Russell thanked the constituency for its support, saying: ‘It is a great privilege and honour to represent Argyll & Bute in the Scottish Parliament 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.
‘I try to work in every part of Argyll & Bute and to help every constituent who asks and I am looking forward to the coming campaign in which I take nothing for granted despite the very positive opinion polls across the country.’
Congratulating Michael, Argyll & Bute MP Brendan O’Hara said: ‘Michael has been an excellent MSP for the area. He worked hard for my election and I intend to return the favour.
‘We have already established a joint office and have held joint surgeries and I am keen that we continue to co-operate closely together in the interests of all our constituents. I am sure that Michael will lead a winning campaign and after May 2016 will continue to represent Argyll & Bute with flair and commitment.’