>> 18 April 2016
The two Co-Leaders of Aberdeenshire Council have today given their backing to the SNP's Gillian Martin to be the next Member of the Scottish Parliament for Aberdeenshire East.
The endorsement for the SNP candidate comes as the campaign enters its final fortnight.
Councillor Richard Thomson, SNP Councillor for Ellon & District and Co-Leader of Aberdeenshire Council, said:
Councillor Martin Kitts-Hayes, Co-Leader of Aberdeenshire Council who was elected as a Liberal Democrat Councillor for Inverurie & District at the last Council elections, said:
SNP Candidate for Aberdeenshire East Gillian Martin welcomed the support, adding:
"It is particularly welcome to have the support of Martin. People across the North-east who may have voted Lib Dem in the past are increasingly realising that it is only the SNP who can be trusted to take action and deliver for the North-east - over £1 billion has been invested in the North-east by the SNP Scottish Government from £224 million in key infrastructure improvements to a new £37 million academy for Inverurie to extra funding for NHS Grampian.
"In this election, I am asking voters to elect me as their local MSP, and to use their second vote to elect Nicola Sturgeon as their First Minister."