Race to succeed Salmond

Gillian Martin has announced she is seeking the SNP candidacy for Aberdeenshire East at the Holyrood election next year.
Gillian Martin has announced she is seeking the SNP candidacy for Aberdeenshire East at the Holyrood election next year.
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A second political hopeful has announced that she is bidding to succeed Alex Salmond in the Aberdeenshire East constituency.

Gillian Martin has been nominated for selection as the SNP’s candidate at next year’s Scottish Parliament election.

Mr Salmond will be standing down as an MSP after being elected to Westminster.

Mrs Martin, who grew up in Newburgh and is a former Ellon Academy pupil, is the area’s executive member for Women for Independence and a lecturer at North East Scotland College.

Mrs Martin, who lives in Newmachar, said: “Aberdeenshire is what I’m all about.

“I care deeply about my home and the challenges we face as a rural community and one whose population is being hit hard by the difficulties the oil and gas industry is facing, yet still has the resources and resilience to go forward into new opportunities that can see our area becoming a leader in new renewable resources as well as maintaining its reputation for one of the highest producing agricultural areas in Scotland.”

She added: “I am also keenly aware of our potential as an eco tourism location.

“Our area has been brilliantly served by Alex Salmond, who has lived and breathed this area since his election all those years ago and I was delighted to be in his team for election to serve Gordon in Westminster.”

Jennifer Dempsie, who was a former special adviser to Mr Salmond, recently announced that she would seek the candidacy to replace her ex- boss.

The former First Minister was elected MP for Gordon at May’s election.