Busy Day In East Dunbartonshire

01 March 2011

SNP Member of the European Parliament Mr Alyn Smith will hit the campaign trail tomorrow (Wednesday) with former MSP and SNP candidate for Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Fiona McLeod.

The SNP duo will visit the Strathkelvin Talking Newspaper Association; a voluntary organisation based in East Dunbartonshire who provide recordings of the Kirkintilloch & Bishopbriggs Herald on tape for blind and partially sighted people free of charge. Thereafter, they will meet representatives from the British Heart Foundation in Kirkintilloch before embarking on a tour of small businesses in Bearsden to promote the SNP Government’s continuing commitment to support small businesses through the Small Business Bonus Scheme.

Speaking ahead of his visit, Smith said:

“As 2011 is the European Year of Volunteering what better way to kick start my visit to East Dunbartonshire than to visit the Strathkelvin Talking Newspaper Association. They provide an invaluable service for visually impaired people in the area and show the impact and value of volunteering. I am looking forward to recording the front page and speaking to volunteers.

“When I am back in Scotland I always take every chance I can to see how things are working in practice. I am looking forward to meeting with representatives from the British Heart Foundation and visiting local businesses to make them aware of the Small Business Bonus Scheme and find out what I can do for them when I get back to my desk in Brussels.

"The people in this constituency want a strong and experienced voice to fight their corner. For the people in Strathkelvin and Bearsden that person is Fiona, and that's why I am backing her and showing my support."

SNP candidate for Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Fiona McLeod said:

"I am honoured that a politician of Alyn Smith's calibre is spending the day in Kirkintilloch & Bearsden and meeting so many hard working locals.  I know from my own experience that Alyn will enjoy getting behind the mic for the Talking Newspaper. 

“Meeting the volunteers at BHF is very personal for me as I have fundraised for them in the past as my way of saying thank you for the research that my Mum has benefited from.  Everyone knows that small local businesses are the backbone of the Scottish economy and it is important that they all get the information about the SNP Government's many supportive initiatives."