Weir endorsed as SNP candidate

Alex Salmond is pictured conducting the auction at Friday's meeting.
Alex Salmond is pictured conducting the auction at Friday's meeting.

Former First Minister Alex Salmond has endorsed local MP Mike Weir’s candidacy for the SNP in the forthcoming General Election.

Mr Salmond was the guest speaker at a packed and enthusiastic meeting in Forfar’s Reid Hall where local party members also unanimously endorsed Mr Weir as the choice of candidate.

Mr Weir said that it was a great honour to have served as MP for Angus since 2001 and that he is looking forward to the General Election campaign.

He said: “We will ensure that it is Scotland’s priorities that dominate Westminster – the ending of austerity, getting the real powers that the Scottish Parliament needs to revitalise our economy, and getting rid of Trident nuclear missiles. The Tories have promised a further £30billion of cuts if they win the next election and, when Westminster was asked to vote on their proposals, all the other parties trooped through the lobbies to support them. The SNP voted against them.”

After the speeches Mr Salmond held an impromptu auction of a bottle of malt whisky to raise funds for Mr Weir’s campaign, as well as posed for photographs with party members.