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At the recent Brechin and area SNP annual general meeting held at the Caledonain Hotel convener Jim Houston have gave a full report on the last year’s activities and thanked all members for their part in the successful election of Nigel Don MSP to the Scottish Parliament.

After reports from other office bearers, the election took place for office bearers for 2012-13.

Those elected are as follows:- convener, Jim Houston; vice-convener, Stewart Mowatt; secretary, Brian Mitchell; treasurer/social organiser, David Smart; membership secretary, Councillor Mairi Evans.

The guest speaker who also oversaw the elections was lecturer and author Euan Macpherson from Dundee.

Euan highlighted the tools available to branches from HQ particularly in relation to the forthcoming campaign for independence.

Members were interested to hear how this is working elsewhere.

There was a lively question and answer session before the meeting closed.

The monthly meeting followed immediately thereafter, with the branch in very good heart for the upcoming local council elections.

There was some discussion about the benefits of the multi-million spend in Brechin in the past five years as a result of the previous SNP Angus Council foresight and the SNP Scottish Government programmes in the form of Townscape Heritage Initiative Lottery and Scottish Town Centre Regeneration funds.

Councillor Mairi Evans commented: “The legacy of the former SNP Angus Council and the support of the SNP Scottish Government are now being recognised in the improvements to many buildings in the centre of Brechin.

“Even the success a new community campus for Brechin is dependent on substantial funding from the SNP Scottish Government.”

Jim Houston added: “Contrast this with the singular lack of spend across Brechin and Edzell ward from the current Angus Alliance council.

“With the Provost and council leader as local members in positions of considerable power over decision-making, this area has seen a history of closures, removal of services and lack of investment in important local buildings.”

Members discussed a forthcoming visit to the Scottish Parliament with members of Angus North and Mearns Constituency Association and the SNP spring conference in Glasgow.

With theese events past, members will now be out campaigning for both SNP candidates in the local election on May 3.