SNP choose Paul Robertson to stand in Banff and Buchan
THE SNP has chosen a former Yes campaign organiser to be their candidate for Banff and Buchan at a likely Westminster general election.
Paul Robertson (28), previously worked in former nationalist MP Eilidh Whiteford’s Peterhead constituency office for five years.
He was the local campaign organiser for the Yes campaign in the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence and went on to work in Westminster as the SNP’s head of research and policy.
Most recently he has been a communications and public affairs consultant for a London-based consultancy, advising senior business leaders.
Mr Robertson said: “It is a privilege to be selected as the SNP’s candidate for Banff and Buchan. The hard working people of this constituency would be hard hit by the devastating impact of a Tory no-deal Brexit that nobody voted for and will make us all poorer.
“It has never been clearer that the only way to protect Scotland’s interests is through independence. At this important election, people will have the opportunity to oppose a damaging no deal Brexit and send Westminster a message that Scotland must have the right to choose our own future.”
Ms Whiteford, who was the area's MP from 2010 to 2017, has recently become a mother and did not seek nomination as the SNP candidate.
She has endorsed Mr Robertson's selection.
She said: "With our key industries of farming and fishing voicing real concerns about the impact of a no deal Brexit and a Tory trade deal with Trump, it’s vital we have an MP who will stand up for our industries and people’s livelihoods - and not just do what Boris Johnson tells him to do.
“I know that no-one will work harder than Paul and that he has a rare mix of energy and experience at the highest levels of politics and business, and he would be a powerful champion for the people of Banff and Buchan.”