MORAY MP ANGUS ROBERTSON has confirmed that he will be seeking re-election in the snap poll announced by the Prime Minister this week.
Mr Robertson is one of Scotland’s most high-profile parliamentarians, having been SNP leader at Westminster for several years and, more recently, become the deputy-leader of his party.
The Moray MP has been described as the ‘leader of the effective opposition’ in the House of Commons, having been first elected in 2001 and increased his vote in the three subsequent elections.
n the last election in 2015 he received a record 49.5% of the vote in Moray and a majority of 9,065 ahead of the Tories.
He was appointed to the Privy Council by Her Majesty the Queen that year and is a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee, which works with the security services including MI5, MI6 and GCHQ.
Speaking about the General Election Angus Robertson MP said: “I have been honoured to represent Moray since 2001, have a strong record standing up for the region and have helped literally thousands of constituents.
“The campaign in Moray will be a straight fight between me and the Conservatives and I urge Moray voters to show the Tories the red card. While the Tories were trying to close local military bases I successfully campaigned to save them.
“While the Tories have been undermining local industries and services I have worked to protect them. Moray is an area where many people are on low incomes and Tory austerity has been making life increasingly difficult. I have been a strong voice for fairness and opportunity.
“I don’t have any other jobs outside politics, so I am completely focused on my elected responsibilities. I would be honoured to be re-elected as the MP for Moray and re-commit myself to working for constituents regardless of their political views.”