Economy Secretary stands
Brown enters race for SNP depute
Keith Brown: ‘serious job to be done’ (photo by Terry Murden)
Scottish Economy Secretary Keith Brown has joined the contest to become the SNP’s depute leader.
Mr Brown becomes the third, and most senior, candidate to put his name forward as successor to Angus Robertson who stepped down last month after losing his Moray seat in Westminster in last year’s general election.
The depute party role will involve rallying members around elections and a possible referendum on independence.
Mr Brown told a newspaper he had been approached about standing and agreed to be considered.
“I’ve taken the advice of senior colleagues past and present, people I like and respect, and I’m pleased to be putting my name forward,” he said.
“There’s a serious job for the depute leader in supporting Nicola [Sturgeon] and getting the party in shape to face the future.”
Mr Brown served with the Royal Marines before entering politics and was first elected as an MSP in 2007.
He will be challenged for the depute role by James Dornan and Julie Hepburn.
Westminster leader Ian Blackford and other high profile SNP figures including Pete Wishart, Johanna Cherry and Tommy Sheppard have ruled themselves out.