Colin Beattie chosen as SNP election candidate

Friday November 13th 2020


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Colin Beattie has been selected unopposed as the SNP‘s candidate for the Holyrood elections in 2021 in Midlothian North and Musselburgh.

He has been the local MSP for almost ten years, winning the seat for the SNP from Labour back in 2011. Talking about his selection as candidate, Colin Beattie said:

“I am both honoured and delighted to be selected to stand again for election in this constituency. With my dedicated team of staff and local members, I know we have made a real difference to the lives of so many individuals and families and I am proud to have done so.

“Covid-19 has hit people, jobs and businesses hard and it’s crucial that residents here in Midlothian North and Musselburgh know they have an MSP who will fight for economic recovery and will support those hardest hit, particularly a generation of young people, who have been disproportionately affected by this pandemic.

“I will be increasingly vocal in my strong defence of our values of equality for all citizens of Scotland against the backdrop of a UK Conservative Government who are ever more detached and out of step with the needs of Scottish people. So much is at stake in this election but I am confident that together, as a community, we will prevail.”

Commenting, SNP Depute Leader & Campaign Director Keith Brown said:

“The Holyrood election six months from today will be the most important in Scotland’s history, and will determine our country’s future.

“Effective leadership during the global pandemic is proving a real boost to support for an independent Scotland. The SNP will continue to focus on what’s important to the people of Scotland, and each and every day we will work hard to retain the trust placed in us.

“Tory governments at Westminster that we didn’t vote for, led by the likes of Boris Johnson, can’t be trusted to work in Scotland’s interests.

“Our outstanding field of gender-balanced candidates will be proud to stand on the SNP’s strong record in government, and the right for people in Scotland to decide their own future.”

SNP Constituency Association Convenor, David Temple said:

“Colin has worked hard for this constituency throughout the past 10 years and we are fortunate to have a candidate of such a high calibre to represent both the party and the needs of the people living and working in Midlothian North and Musselburgh. His caring commitment to residents in this diverse constituency is matched by his astute support for business.”

The Scottish Parliament election is to be held on 6 May 2021. Other parties have yet to declare their candidates.

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