Published: 30/01/2015 09:35 - Updated: 30/01/2015 15:19

SNP select candidate to fight Easter Ross seat at Westminster

Paul Monaghan, pictured with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, has been selected to fight the Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross seat for the SNP
Paul Monaghan, pictured with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, has been selected to fight the Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross seat for the SNP

THE SNP have selected their candidate to fight the Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross parliamentary seat.

Paul Monaghan said his focus would now be "winning this seat, which has been neglected by the incumbent MP for many, many years".

The seat is held by Liberal Democrat, John Thurso.

The Ross-shire based candidate joined the Scottish National Party in 1994.

He is currently the director of Highland Homeless Trust, which is a charity that provides specialist housing and support services to vulnerable people.

Mr Monaghan is also a board member of UHI North Highland College based in Thurso, a director of Inverness MS Therapy Centre, a director of Food for Families based in Invergordon and a member of the SSE Fairburn Windfarm Community Fund.

He a founding member of the North Highland College Foundation, that was recently established to facilitate access to further and higher education across Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.

He said: "I consider it an enormous privilege to have been selected by SNP party members to represent them in the Westminster seat of Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.

"I have been overwhelmed by the level of support I have received from within the party and indeed from individuals in all walks of life, and all political views, in communities across the constituency.

"It is clear to me that the people of Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross are looking for tangible and positive change.

"Our communities evidently want to live in a fairer Scotland and I now have the challenge of working to ensure that the Westminster parliament starts to listen and recognise the issues affecting ordinary people and ordinary families in the far north of Scotland.

"My focus will now turn to winning this seat, which has been neglected by the incumbent MP for many, many years.

"Between now and May, I and SNP activists in every community in the constituency will be working hard to convince voters that only the SNP can best serve their needs at Westminster.

"It’s an exciting time and I look forward to campaigning, meeting the electorate and representing everyone in Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross as we strive to ensure that not only is our voice finally heard at Westminster, but that UK policies are focused on our local economies are developed and jobs, wealth and opportunity are finally brought to all of our communities."

John Erskine, the Scottish Labour Candidate for Caithenss, Sutherland and Easter Ross, reacted by saying: “I congratulate Paul on his selection to contest this seat.

"This election must not be about the politics of division but the politics of fairness.  It must be about how we empower our communities, bring fresh investment to the area, create new jobs so our young people do not move away and improve our local transport links.  It must be about helping local people tackle the cost of living crisis. 

"Local people cannot afford another five years of the Tories and their Liberal Democrat accomplices.  The best way to get rid of them is to vote Labour.  Local people can protest against the Tories by voting for another or they can vote  Labour to  replace them. 

"The SNP and Paul Monaghan only care about one thing - independence - which the people of Caithness, Sutheland and Easter Ross rejected in their thousands only months ago."

 

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