Ni­cola’s boost for Pete’s bid

First Min­is­ter’s sup­port

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Clare Damodaran

The SNP can­di­date for Perth and Perthshire North, Pete Wishart, was pleased that the First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon was able to visit Blair­gowrie and boost his cam­paign ef­forts for re-elec­tion in the forth­com­ing gen­eral elec­tion.

He told the Blairie: “I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted that the First Min­is­ter was able to join us.

“I had the great plea­sure of open­ing the new fa­cil­i­ties at SCYD two years ago and it was great to be able to show her round the ex­cel­lent fa­cil­i­ties there.

“There was a real buzz around the town and fan­tas­tic sup­port for the First Min­is­ter dur­ing her visit here.

“She also joined us for a cof­fee morn­ing that we held in sup­port of the Jo Cox Foun­da­tion at our of­fice in Blair­gowrie, and spoke to my team, who are all fired up now for the last cou­ple of weeks of this cam­paign.”

Deputy First Min­is­ter and lo­cal MSP for the area, John Swin­ney, added: “I was de­lighted that the First Min­is­ter was able to spend some of the cam­paign with us in Blair­gowrie on a visit to one of the shin­ing stars of projects in the town, SCYD.

“The First Min­is­ter was pleased to see the work un­der­taken by the cen­tre and the pro­found im­pact it has on young peo­ple in our com­mu­nity.

“She also had the op­por­tu­nity to meet a number of lo­cal busi­nesses and see the real strength of our busi­ness base here.”

Com­ment­ing on the elec­tion cam­paign it­self and Mr Wishart’s bid to be re-elected, he said: “This is an in­tense elec­tion com­ing up in Perth and North Perthshire and cer­tainly the most closely fought since I won this con­stituency 20 years ago.

“Pete Wishart has been an ex­cel­lent MP for this con­stituency and we are de­lighted to do all that we can to en­sure he is able to con­tinue his ex­cel­lent

work of rep­re­sent­ing the lo­cal area and stand­ing up for Scot­land at West­min­ster.”

Re­cently elected SNP coun­cil­lor for the Blair­gowrie and Glens ward, Tom McEwan, was also among the wel­com­ing com­mit­tee for the First Min­is­ter.

He said: “It’s bril­liant that Ni­cola was able to in­clude Blair­gowrie in her hec­tic sched­ule, vis­it­ing SCYD and see­ing all the great work they do with the young peo­ple in the area, and meet­ing lo­cal ac­tivists and busi­nesses.

“Her visit is a great sup­port to Pete’s cam­paign and re­elec­tion to West­min­ster to con­tinue rep­re­sent­ing the peo­ple of Perth and Kin­ross.”

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Right on cue First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon plays pool with staff and volunteers at the Strath­more Cen­tre for Youth De­vel­op­ment. Pic by Richard Wilkins

Sup­port Pete Wishart thanks volunteers Nora Brown and Re­nee Rapa for their ef­forts

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