Robertson launches campaign with ‘ready for independence’ claim

'On the brink' of independence claim.
‘On the brink’ of independence claim.

MORAY MP ANGUS ROBERTSON has launched his bid to become the deputy leader of the SNP by claiming that Scotland is now ready for Independence.

Mr Robertson is strong favourite to become No.2 to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon following the controversy of former deputy leader Stewart Hosie being forced to step down over issues in his personal life.

Launching his bid on Thursday, Mr Robertson said: “We know that we are on the brink of independence – the campaign that comes now should be all about persuading people why our vision is the right one for Scotland.

“The SNP depute leader has a big role in order to make this happen – developing our policy, strategy and tactics to win.”

Mr Robertson is hoping to attract the support of 5000 SNP members ahead of nominations closing on August 5 – his opponents declared so far are MEP Alyn Smith, MP Tommy Shepherd and Councillor Christopher McEleny.