Salmond adopted

Scottish National Party leader and First Minister Alex Salmond was formally adopted as the SNP Scottish Parliamentary candidate for the new Aberdeenshire East constituency at an event last Friday in New Deer, where the guest speaker was SNP Chief Whip Stewart Hosie MP.

The redrawn constituency includes the majority of Mr Salmond’s existing Gordon seat and large parts of the former Banff and Buchan constituency previously represented by Mr Salmond as MP.

Speaking ahead of the event last week, Mr Salmond said: “In 2007, the people of this constituency showed the way by voting for the SNP to become Scotland’s Government.

“A lot has achieved – in fact, 90% of our headline manifesto commitments have been delivered. Of course, there is more to do. With your support again this May, we will keep the 1,000 extra police on our streets and take even more money from the criminals to give back to communities.”