MEMBERS of the SNP joined in celebrations recently as Banff and Buchan parliamentarians unveiled the party’s new constituency office.
The custom-designed base at Peterhead’s Burnside Business Centre on the outskirts of town provides a professional environment where MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford and MSP Stewart Stevenson can conduct parliamentary business and meet with constituents.
After almost 25 years at Peterhead’s Maiden Street, Mr Stevenson and Dr Whiteford said that they were “delighted” with the new premises and looked forward to taking “another step closer to Independence for Scotland.”
Dr Whiteford said that the coming year was going to be “phenomenal” for the party, as membership continued to grow and issues raised in Banff and Buchan would continue to be discussed at Parliament in London.
The MP had recently returned from Westminster, where she discussed the question of Icelandic mackerel with fellow MPs, pointing out the “knock on effect” that issues relating to equal shares would have on the Buchan fishing industry.
She said that the new offices would make it easier for people to get in touch with her.
She said: “We are delighted with the new office we are right off the bypass and right on the bus route for those who wish to see us.”
Celebrating his 65th birthday, Mr Stevenson said that 380,000 letters had been sent to constituents from the Peterhead office over the past 25 years but he looked forward to a new era of digital communication thanks to the modern office facilities at Burnside.
He said: “We want constituents to have as many different ways of contacting their MP or MSP as possible.
“It is harder and harder for people to come and physically see you but I hope that the new office will represent a new era in digital communication.”
Mr Stevenson is already an avid Facebook and Twitter user and hopes to reach out to the people of Banff and Buchan from the new office.