The Herald on Sunday

Mike Russell to oversee SNP’s indy campaign

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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.

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