Pete Wishart has been re-selected to fight the Perth and North Perthshire Westminster seat for the Scottish National Party. Pete was the sole nominee and was nominated by all of the 11 branches within the constituency. This will be Pete’s third election campaign for the Perth and North Perthshire constituency and his fourth campaign in a Perthshire seat, previously being the Member of Parliament for North Tayside.
The former Runrig musician has constantly been rated as one of the House of Commons hardest working MPs. His name will now go forward to the party’s National Executive Committee for approval.
Speaking following his nomination Pete Wishart said
“I have represented constituents in Perthshire since 2001 and it is an immense privilege and honour to have been selected to fight the Perth and North Perthshire Westminster constituency once again.
“We go into this campaign in better heart and better resourced than ever before. With around 2,000 members and 11 branches with roots in all parts of this wonderful constituency the SNP is relishing this campaign.
“I will be standing on my record of delivering for the people of Perthshire and taking this fantastic constituency forward. Everybody will know of someone that I have assisted in this constituency over the past 13 years and I am particularly proud of my record of being one of the hardest working MPs in Parliament.
“The SNP is currently standing at over 40% in the opinion polls for Westminster and if this translated into MPs we could secure our largest ever group of MPs and possibly hold the balance of power. We will ensure that the powers promised for Scotland are delivered and we will use any and every opportunity to progress Scotland’s agenda and deliver for the people of Scotland
“In the course of the campaign I will outline my priorities and use the campaign to highlight several local issues from across the constituency. But an early priority for me is to work to ensure that Perth becomes Scotland’s first living wage city. In the course of the next few weeks I will be talking to businesses and trades unions about how this can be progressed.”