Bren­dan O’Hara

SNP, Argyll and Bute

The Oban Times - - Election Special -

This elec­tion is about pro­tect­ing Scot­land from a hard-right, hard Brexit. Only a strong group of SNP MPs can pro­tect Scot­land’s vi­tal in­ter­ests.

The EU sin­gle mar­ket sup­ports around 80,000 Scot­tish jobs and that loss could be dev­as­tat­ing for our econ­omy.

The Scot­tish Govern­ment sub­mit­ted a firm pro­posal to the UK Govern­ment to set a clear path for Scot­land to re­main both within the UK and the sin­gle mar­ket but this was dis­missed out of hand by Theresa May’s govern­ment.

The man­date for any ref­er­en­dum at the end of the Brexit process was de­cided by the elec­torate at the 2016 Holy­rood elec­tions. Let’s be very clear, though: the Brexit vote was forced upon us by the Tories. We voted to re­main in the EU and we were promised in 2014 that a vote against Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence was a vote to se­cure our EU mem­ber­ship.

At the time of this snap elec­tion, I was sched­uled to host a con­stituency first, a Chi­nese busi­ness sum­mit in Campbeltown - to in­tro­duce our lo­cal pro­duc­ers and busi­nesses to the lu­cra­tive Chi­nese mar­ket.

My fo­cus is on strength­en­ing Argyll and Bute’s eco­nomic re­gen­er­a­tion through co­op­er­a­tion be­tween all stake­hold­ers, the coun­cil, HIE and the Scot­tish Govern­ment. Con­cur­rently, I have pressed for the faster roll-out of su­per­fast broad­band, dig­i­tal and phys­i­cal con­nec­tiv­ity through­out Argyll and Bute.

Hav­ing built strong re­la­tion­ships and good work­ing part­ner­ships across the con­stituency, I will con­tinue to cham­pion Argyll and Bute as a fan­tas­tic place to live, work and do busi­ness.

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