SNP branch backs Sturgeon
The Shetland branch of the SNP has backed Nicola Sturgeon to replace Alex Salmond as party leader and First Minister.
Mr Salmond announced his resignation after Scottish voters rejected independence last week, with Ms Sturgeon widely expected to be his replacement.
Charlie Gallagher, convener of the SNP’s Shetland branch, said the decision to support Ms Sturgeon had been taken following the “tremendous day with us here in Shetland” last month when “she impressed all who met her”.
He added: “It is therefore with great pleasure that SNP, Shetland Branch, endorses Nicola as the next leader of our party and First Minister of Scotland. We know that Scotland will be in a safe pair of hands to take us forward to a fairer, more equal and socially just Scotland.
“It would also be inappropriate not to thank Alex Salmond for nearly 30 years service to his electorate, the people of Scotland and the SNP. Finally we must also thank Moira [Salmond] who has quietly and efficiently supported Alex throughout all these years. Both of you go off now and have a well earned holiday and come back refreshed and ready to contribute your vast knowledge to taking Scotland forward.
During the speech in which Mr Salmond announced his intention to step down he said: “I believe that in this new exciting situation, redolent with possibility, party, parliament and country would benefit from new leadership.”
Immediately afterwards Ms Sturgeon said ther would be “no greater privilige” if she were to be his successor.