- 27 July 2015
SNP MSP for Glasgow, Bob Doris, was recently selected to contest the Maryhill and Springburn Scottish Parliamentary seat at next year’s Scottish elections. The endorsement meeting, held in Maryhill’s Burgh Halls, unanimously backed Bob to win the seat from Labour who currently hold the constituency. Bob, who stays in Maryhill, has served as a Regional MSP for Glasgow since 2007. The meeting was chaired by the new MP for Glasgow North, Patrick Grady, who is also the SNP’s National Secretary.
Commenting on becoming the candidate Bob Doris said: “It is both an honour and a privilege to be selected to contest the 2016 Scottish Parliamentary elections for the SNP. It is also a great responsibility but one that I am ready for. It has been humbling to see the growth in SNP support across Maryhill and Springburn which has led to SNP MP’s Anne McLaughlin and Patrick Grady now representing our local communities at Westminster. It has been humbling to see so many former Labour voters switch to the SNP. Unlike Labour, the SNP will not take their support for granted.
“Voters in this constituency were appalled to see the cosy Tory / Labour alliance during the No campaign in last year’s Independence referendum. Just this May in the UK elections, voters locally and across Scotland rejected the austerity cuts now being inflicted upon Scotland by the Tories, cuts which the Labour Party shamefully refused to oppose. I pledge to campaign to boost local job creation and regeneration in our communities, as well as protect our most vulnerable citizens. Labour have shown themselves totally incapable of doing this.
“I look forward to the challenges ahead and will do all I can to stand up for our communities across Maryhill and Springburn constituency
Patrick Grady MP for Glasgow North added: “I have known Bob for many years and have witnessed the excellent job he has done as a Glasgow MSP since 2007. I know just how much more he could do as our constituency MSP if elected. We now have a strong team of 56 MP’s at Westminster. It is vital that we build on that success by returning as many SNP MSP’s as possible at next year’s Scottish Parliament elections. Anything other than an SNP victory will be seized upon by the Tories to inflict even deeper cuts to our communities. Maryhill and Springburn needs the strong local voice, an SNP voice, to stand up to the Tories, not get into bed with them as Labour have done.