The Herald on Sunday
Mike Russell to oversee SNP’s indy campaign
FORMER Scottish constitution secretary Michael Russell has been appointed as political director at the SNP’s independence unit.
Nicola Sturgeon made the announcement on Saturday and has congratulated Russell on his appointment to the top job.
Mr Russell, who stepped down as MSP for Argyll and Bute ahead of the Holyrood election in May, will oversee the development of the party’s independence campaign.
The independence unit was unveiled in January, with depute leader Keith Brown saying it would create policy papers and campaign materials to “fire up” the Yes movement.
The First Minister said: “Delighted that the SNP’s National Executive Committee has approved my nomination of Mike Russell as political director of the HQ independence unit.
“He will oversee the development of the party’s independence campaign, as we look ahead to #indyref2 later in this Parliament.”
Mr Russell has been the SNP president since November 2020.