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The SNP campaign in the North East moved up a gear today (Sunday) with a campaign day in Alex Salmond’s home village of Strichen.

Mr Salmond and dozens of SNP activists joined local candidate Gillian Martin for a full canvass of the village. In addition the MP and candidate met with the Aberdeenshire National Farmer's Union to discuss the problems facing farmers over the future of the threatened Muller Northeast milk processing plant at Tullos.

Mr Salmond attended the meeting ahead of discussions with Muller representatives on April 11 while the Aberdeen SNP MPs will be meeting union representatives next Friday.

Representing the NFU were regional manager Lorna Paterson, NFU Milk Chair Jean McLean, John McLean and NFU North East Regional Chair Roddy Catto.

Mr Salmond and Ms Martin then attended a charity photoshoot in support of the British Lung Foundation and met with members of the Buchan Bird Society, before joining the campaigners across the village.

Mr Salmond said:

“Gillian’s campaign is now in full swing. I was campaigning with her a couple of weeks ago in Newmachar, last week in New Pitsligo and now today in Strichen.

She recieves a warm reception everywhere she goes and is exactly the sort of feisty, independent minded and genuinely local candidate that the North East takes to their hearts. I think Gillian would do a great job for Aberdeenshire East.

As far as the milk position is concerned, my Aberdeen colleagues are rightly prioritising the jobs at risk in Tullos. However if the closure were to go ahead then there would be a knock on impact to the viability of milk production in the North East.

Milk margins are already cut to the bone and therefore the threat of additional charges to transport liquid milk to other Muller’s plants at Bellshill would be enough to drive producers out of business.

That is why I shall be meeting the company tomorrow with another Aberdeenshire colleague.” 

SNP MSP candidate Gillian Martin said

It is great to have so much support in my campaign. Unlike the other parties, the SNP can point to a to a record of action in the North East of Scotland. From the emerging AWPR, to the completed Inveramsay Bridge and the wonderful new Ellon Academy, people can see in bricks and mortar terms the real impact of a SNP Government after years of neglect and disappointment. The SNP gets things done for our part of Scotland.”


Notes to editors: 

Gillian Martin Campaign Manager, Duncan Gill

M: 07765916996 


Election Agent, George Petrie

M: 07707196311