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Clydesdale’s MSP, Aileen Campbell on Tuesday received unanimous backing from local party members to seek re-election to the Scottish Parliament next May.

An endorsement meeting was held on Tuesday August 4th in Carluke, which saw a large volume of members turn out to officially endorse Aileen as the SNP’s candidate.

Aileen has served in the Scottish Parliament since 2007, and won the Clydesdale seat in the 2011 SNP landslide victory, and has since served as Scotland’s Minister for Children and Young People.

Campbell was the local SNP’s sole nominee for the constituency, and has been fully endorsed by the local party’s local membership.

Commenting, Aileen said:

"I am absolutely honoured to have received the unanimous backing of the Clydesdale SNP members to stand as their candidate next year. I was so humbled to see so many members attend our meeting last Tuesday and am really looking forward to the campaign.

"Even though we are a party of over 100,000 - the party still feels like an extended family. That extended family is committed to making Scotland a better place. I will fight this election to continue to serve the people of Clydesdale, while supporting the progressive measures of the Scottish Government, and protecting the vulnerable from the harsh austerity agenda of the Tory Government in Westminster."

Clydesdale SNP convenor and Lanark resident, Bill Mills also commented on Aileen’s endorsement by the party’s membership, and said:

"Clydesdale SNP members turned up en-mass on Tuesday evening to endorse the nomination of incumbent MSP Aileen Campbell as their chosen candidate for the 2016 Holyrood Election in the Clydesdale Constituency. Such was the turnout, that we had to move to a larger hall to accommodate everyone. Following an address to the members, Aileen received a unanimous endorsement vote with rapturous applause.

"The meeting was independently chaired by Angela Crawley, the newly elected SNP MP for Lanark & Hamilton East, who also received a warm & enthusiastic welcome - (including loud applause, which she is denied at the House of Commons!).

"As Aileen mentioned in her address, while the SNP have increased membership to over 100,000, we have retained especially in Clydesdale, the sense of belonging to a family. Tuesday’s event was very much a family occasion.

"Aileen has represented the Clydesdale constituency with absolute professionalism & dedication since her election in 2011. We are also especially proud of her role as Minister for Children & Young people in which she has established ground breaking initiatives. We are delighted to express our 100% support for Aileen and we are looking forward to launching her campaign for re-election with a large and enthusiastic team."

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