Swinney drops in to aid SNP election bid

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Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP was in town to back the launch of local SNP man Stuart McDonald’s General Election campaign.

The launch took place at Cumbernauld Village Hall, with former candidate Julie Hepburn acting as chairwoman.

Well-known ceilidh band The Picts performed for the crowd of over 100.

Mr McDonald said: “It was a pleasure to welcome John to our launch event, where he spoke passionately about the Scottish Government’s plans to tackle inequality, protect public services and invest in vital infrastructure.

“John is hugely respected across Scottish politics, so to have him here in support of our local campaign launch was a real honour”.

Mr Swinney said: “I had a very enjoyable evening at Stuart McDonald’s campaign launch. I was impressed with the enthusiasm and determination of the local volunteers to ensure that Stuart is elected as the next MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East.

“I have no doubt that he will make an excellent representative for the area and I am pleased to be able to support his campaign”.

Mr McDonald has a mountain to climb in his bid to unseat Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East candidate Gregg McClymont, whose majority at the last election was 13,755, with more than 57 per cent of the votes cast.

However last month he welcomed the poll of 16 constituencies carried out by Tory peer Lord Ashcroft, in which only Dundee West polled higher for the SNP than Cumbernauld and Kilsyth.

But he said: “We’ve an enormous amount of hard work ahead of us”.