De­pute calls on in­de­pen­dence sup­port­ers to ‘get ready’

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NEW SNP de­pute leader Keith Brown has called on in­de­pen­dence sup­port­ers to “get ready” for a sec­ond vote on Scot­land’s fu­ture.

Mr Brown, who is the Econ­omy Sec­re­tary in Ni­cola Stur­geon’s cab­i­net, said while it was not clear when an­other ref­er­en­dum could be held, mem­bers and those out­side of the party had to be pre­pared for the con­test.

He spoke af­ter be­ing an­nounced as the SNP’s new de­pute leader at the start of the party’s Aberdeen con­fer­ence.

Mr Brown, who was the fron­trun­ner through­out the cam­paign, de­feated grass­roots ac­tivist Julie Hep­burn and coun­cil­lor Christo­pher McEleny.

The con­test had been sparked when An­gus Robert­son re­signed the post af­ter los­ing his seat at the House of Com­mons in last year’s shock snap gen­eral elec­tion.

SNP leader, First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon, has promised to con­sider the tim­ing of a pos­si­ble sec­ond in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum this au­tumn, when more de­tails about the UK’s Brexit deal are known – with Mr Brown say­ing the de­ci­sion was in the “safest of hands”.

Stur­geon and Brown

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