Mike Weir MP has been confirmed to again stand for the Angus Westminster seat. At a packed meeting at the Reid Hall in Forfar Mr Weir was unanimously endorsed by members of the local SNP from across the constituency.
Former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond MSP was the guest speaker at the event and received a rousing reception from the enthusiastic members.
Speaking at the meeting Mr Weir said that it was a great honour to have served as MP for Angus since 2001 and looked forward to the coming General Election campaign.
“Angus is the most beautiful constituency in the country, and it is a real honour to have served the area where I was born and brought up. I look forward to the forthcoming campaign.”
He added that the forthcoming General Election was likely to return a larger number of SNP MPs giving the party the opportunity to influence the formation of the next government and pursue Scotland’s interests.
“Within two weeks of publication of the bill that was supposed to implement the recommendation of the Smith commission we have panic in the ranks of the other parties with others now promising to consider more powers, if we can achieve this just on opinion polls how much more can we do when we hold the balance of power in Westminster?
“We will ensure that it is Scotland’s priorities that dominate Westminster – the ending of austerity, getting the real powers that the Scottish Parliament needs to revitalise our economy, and getting rid of Trident nuclear missiles.
“We have seen in recent weeks the differences between us and the other parties. The Tories have promised a further £30billion of cuts if they win the next election and, when Westminster was asked to vote on their proposals, all the other parties trooped through the lobbies to support them. The SNP voted against them.
“We held a debate to oppose the renewal of Trident – spending billions on new nuclear weapons whilst proposing massive cuts to other services is simply indefensible, yet all the other parties support Trident.
“SNP MPs voted for a moratorium on fracking, Labour abstained and the other parties voted against it. We now have a moratorium on fracking in Scotland only because the Scottish Government took the courageous decision to go it alone and stop it in its tracks.
“Time and again it is only the SNP that stands up for Scotland’s interests and Scotland’s priorities at Westminster.”
After the speeches Mr Salmond held an impromptu auction of a bottle of malt whisky to raise funds for the campaign, as well as posing for photographs.