SNP big guns in Glenrothes as by-election campaign hots up

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The deputy leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party visited Glenrothes on Sunday as campainging hots up ahead of this Thursday’s crucial by-election.

Stewart Hosie and Shona Robison, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport were in Macedonia in the town joining the SNP’s candidate Julie Ford, on the election trail.

Mr Hosie MP, praised Mrs Ford for what he said were her “impressive political skills”.

“She is an experienced caseworker, confident media performer, and has mature political judgement. It is obvious to anyone who meets Julie that she cares passionately about her home community of Glenrothes and is eager to use her skills to make it a better place for all,” said Mr Hosie.

“I have been impressed by Julie’s commitment to listen to local people and local issues, I am certain Julie will be an excellent councillor.”

Shona Robison, MSP for Dundee City East added: “Julie has a lot of campaign experience and also has experience of helping constituents from working in my parliamentary office, so she will be able to hit the ground running in helping people in Glenrothes.”

Julie Ford’s campaign was also given a boost by visits from Stephen Gethins MP and Annabelle Ewing MSP, Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment.

This Thursday’s Glenrothes West and Kinglassie by-election, the second in the ward in just seven months, follows the stepping down of long-standing SNP councillor and former Fife Council leader Peter Grant, following his victory in May’s general election.