Brechin SNP celebrates success

At the monthly meeting in the Caledonian Hotel, Brechin Branch SNP members celebrated the re-election of Mairi Evans and the election of Jim Houston to represent Brechin and Edzell Ward on Angus Council.

This success was heightened by the fact that Angus was returned to an SNP administration and Mairi has been appointed secretary to the SNP group.

Vice-convener Stewart Mowatt commented: “I wish to congratulate Mairi and Jim on fighting a very positive campaign on the doorsteps across the ward.

“It is also important to acknowledge the effort put in by branch members to give us this result.

“We must also thank all the voters who put their faith in Mairi and Jim to represent their interests within Angus Council.”

Councillor Evans added: “Jim and I have listened to the concerns on the doorsteps and at the hustings in Brechin.

“We will do our very best to see that the interests of our area are fully represented in Angus Council. There is a lot to do and we have already started.”

Members asked the two councillors to take an urgent interest in developments on the community campus and upgrade of the City Hall as well as looking at possibilities for improving the library services to Edzell and surrounding area.

There was some discussion on the BBC anti-Scottish bias which is attracting criticism the length and breadth of Scotland.

Councillor Jim Houston commented: “The BBC did everything it could to manipulate the statistics for last week’s council elections which proved the SNP had won across Scotland.

“There is to be a demonstration at Pacific Quay, Glasgow on Saturday, May 26 which I hope will send a strong message to the BBC that enough is enough and it is time they revised their bias towards the party voted for by the people of Scotland.”

At that point the meeting closed so that members could enjoy the Caledonian’s catering and have a chat with the councillors.