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Environment Minister In Aboyne To Support SNP Candidate Blackett

>> 16 April 2012

North-east MSP and Minister for the Environment & Climate Change Stewart Stevenson paid a visit to Aboyne to support local SNP council candidate Geva Blackett.

Mr Stevenson toured Aboyne speaking to local residents and discussing the issues they raised.

Speaking afterwards, Stewart Stevenson said:

I very much enjoyed campaigning with Geva in Aboyne.  There seemed to be a higher than average awareness of the election campaign and that the SNP stand an excellent chance of getting a councillor elected in this area for the first time.

Last year’s Scottish Parliament election where the SNP gained the West Aberdeenshire seat from the Liberal Democrats has very much focussed the minds of those who are sympathetic towards the SNP but have always voted tactically for other parties up until now.  They now see that voting SNP gets results and that message was coming across as I went round the doors in Aboyne.”

SNP candidate for Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside Geva Blackett added:

I’m delighted that Stewart Stevenson took time out to come to Aboyne and hear about the issues affecting local people.  The state of the roads and the lack of local housing, meaning people having to leave the area and jobs for young people are priority issues here.

There’s no doubt these are tough times.  Economic issues and their effects on local services are key to the sustainability of this beautiful area and, if successful, I’m determined to do what I can to protect local services from the brunt of the cuts cascading down from Westminster.”

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