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Elections May 2007
25 March 07
At its meeting in Golspie on Friday night, Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross SNP Constituency Association unanimously adopted Rob Gibson MSP as their candidate. Mr Gibson contested the seat in 2003 coming third. He was then elected to Holyrood as an SNP list member for Highlands and Islands.
Mr Gibson who lives in Evanton with his partner Eleanor Scott the Green MSP has been an campaigner for many north issues. He took a lead part in the radical changes to the Crofting Bill. His active membership of the Environment and Rural Development Committee helped add a strong voice for developing the sustainable economy of the North of Scotland.
He said, "Polls show that the SNP can lead a new government in Scotland. Labour could lose power for the first time in fifty years and voters want a positive change. The SNP's policies can help secure steady decommissioning of Dounreay and its transformation into a centre of clean energy excellence. The revitalisation of the Cromarty Firth port has stalled under the Labour LibDem government. And all over the North the urgent need is to get reasonably priced building land to construct eco-friendly homes.
"Scotland has to turn the world upside down. If we look at Ireland, Iceland and Norway , these small independent nations in the Arc of Prosperity are far more successful than devolved Scotland in the UK. It's time for this constituency to elect an SNP MSP with ambition for our sustainable future."
Rob Gibson Selected As Candidate For
Following his unanimous selection as sole nominee at a meeting held in the Dornoch Bridge Inn, Rob has pledged to apply his wide knowledge of the issues that most affect life on the north mainland. He commented, 'I am delighted to have the honour to contest the Far North seat. Since becoming an MSP I have travelled extensively throughout the North and seen huge potential. To unlock our human and natural resources, local communities need real decision taking powers.
For too long people here have had to put up with half measures dished up by the LibDem and Labour coalition government in Edinburgh. North voters can make a real difference for the future of our widespread communities and build a modern economy by voting for real change.''
'Supporting the SNP's Far North challenger will make a real difference in government as it will hasten the election of an SNP led government. Then there will be the chance to vote in a referendum on Scottish Independence, the means to apply the full range of powers people take for granted in Norway, Iceland, Ireland while Scotland's progress is held in check. I am looking forward to meeting many more electors in the coming months in the line of my parliamentary work. I believe my skills are well honed to transform the prospects of this constituency. '