Aberdeenshire SNP Launches Local Election Manifesto

>> 9 April 2012

Aberdeenshire SNP today launched its 2012 local government election manifesto for Aberdeenshire Council at a gathering of SNP candidates in Cruden Bay.

A group of the SNP's Councillors, local election candidates and activists, led by Aberdeenshire Council SNP Group Leader Cllr Joanna Strathdee and Banff & Buchan MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford, were present at the launch of the manifesto document.  The document will be the basis of the SNP's approach if it forms an administration on Aberdeenshire Council after the 3rd May elections.

The SNP is fielding a record 36 candidates in the Aberdeenshire local authority area at this election, reflecting the party's ambition to take over the administration from the current Liberal Democrat/Conservative coalition.

Commenting after the launch, SNP Group Leader Cllr Joanna Strathdee said:

“These are difficult but also exciting times for Scotland and Aberdeenshire. There are important choices to be made, which will define how we live, work and take decisions for years to come.

“In Aberdeenshire, we are at the heart of Scotland's economic strength. We stand at a moment of great opportunity, with new life predicted for our oil and gas sector, just as the promise of renewable energy from our seas comes to fruition.

“The current downturn has forced a lot of families and businesses to look carefully at their budgets, and to make sure they are getting the best value they can. In the SNP, we believe that local councils should be no different.

“By focusing on what really matters, the SNP believes that together, we can maintain the services that people value, while putting in place the infrastructure which will help Aberdeenshire and its people seize the great opportunities of the future.”

Banff & Buchan MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford said:

“We are proud of our policies and proud of the candidates we have representing us. A vote for the SNP in May will be a vote for a well-run council, which can secure opportunity and prosperity for the future, while delivering fairness and good governance in the present.

“An SNP administration will be a council which has a head and a heart, and which is committed to making Aberdeenshire the best part of the country in which to live.”

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