New MSP pledges to work “tirelessly” for constituency

Pictured outside the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday are (l-r) Councillor Joy Mowatt, election agent Bill Duff, Nigel Don and his wife Wendy Wrieden, and campaign organiser Lynne Devine.

Pictured outside the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday are (l-r) Councillor Joy Mowatt, election agent Bill Duff, Nigel Don and his wife Wendy Wrieden, and campaign organiser Lynne Devine.

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NEW NORTH Angus and Mearns MSP Nigel Don was sworn in last week as the constituency’s first member of the Scottish Parliament.

For the past four years Mr Don has represented the north east of Scotland as an SNP list MSP. He won his seat after the Scottish Parliament election on May 5 with a majority of 7,286 after gaining almost 55 per cent of the vote.

After Wednesday’s ceremony at the parliament when all 129 MSPs were sworn into office, Mr Don said he is committed to working for the constituency and laid out his priorities for the area.

He said: “I am delighted to have taken my place as the constituency MSP for the new seat of Angus North and Mearns. As a list MSP for the North East I have been representing part of the constituency for the last four years, and I am looking forward to working hard for all the communities across the seat.

“As I outlined during the campaign our priorities for the area must be increasing tourism, making the case for a grade separated junction at Laurencekirk, combating coastal erosion and dealing with the impact of the tax hike on the oil industry.

“I will work tirelessly on the behalf of my constituents in the Scottish Parliament and will ensure that an SNP Government continues to be a Government that delivers for Angus North and Mearns.”