This election is about the leadership team of the SNP and who is best qualified to work side-by side with SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon. As Westminster SNP leader Angus Robertson already has an excellent working relationship with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. We need the strongest partnership between our two biggest parliamentary groups and with SNP members. Having been SNP Business Convenor and successful SNP Campaign Director Angus Robertson has the top level experience and an established track record. With a Leader and a Deputy Leader from urban and from rural Scotland the SNP would best reflect the whole country, competing against Labour as well as the Tories and Liberal Democrats
The SNP is the most effective political party in the country. Our strength comes from our members, branches, local grassroots campaigning and partnership with councillors and parliamentarians. We need to make sure our organisation, policy-making and campaigning techniques keep pace with the rapid growth in membership. A record number of new members and activists want to help secure electoral success, best governance at all levels of government and Scottish independence. We need to empower everyone who wants to play a part. We also need relevant campaigning priorities for the whole of Scotland. We need to take on Labour, but also focus against the Tories and Lib Dems where they are the main competition to the SNP. As Campaign Director Angus Robertson and the campaign team transformed the SNP into an election winning party in 2007 and 2011 and promoted the grassroots model in the independence referendum roadshow before the foundation of Yes Scotland. He has a track record of delivering change.
We are very close to independence and we must start campaigning right now to persuade people who didn't vote ‘Yes’ in 2014. Securing 45% support in the independence referendum was a great achievement but we must reach out to the 55% who voted ‘No’ in 2014. The SNP Depute Leader has a big job to help make this happen and Angus Robertson has the experience and track record to deliver. We are working hard to protect Scotland in Europe. Angus Robertson has a political profile across Scotland, the UK and in the European media. Every week he holds the UK Prime Minister to account in Prime Ministers Questions, as leader of the effective opposition at Westminster and is making the independence case. As a European-based diplomatic affairs correspondent for nearly a decade and then as SNP Foreign Affairs and Europe spokesman he knows the challenges and opportunities we have to deliver independence.