Sunday, 15 April 2012

Opposition Parties' Lack Of Faith In New Leaders Exposed



The SNP have today (Sunday) published an analysis of local election poll notices, which show it is the only party to be fielding more council candidates in next month’s election than in May 2007.

The figures show that the SNP will be standing 176 more candidates than in 2007, while Labour will be fielding 24 fewer, the Tories 17 fewer and the Lib Dems an astonishing 84 fewer. There are also 135 less independents standing.

The publication follows revelations from one 87-year-old Tory candidate that he only agreed to stand for the Party – in a seat 60 miles from his home – on the condition that he would not win and would not have to do any campaigning. He also suggested this was the Tory strategy elsewhere in Scotland.

The lack of ambition shown by the other parties contrasts sharply with the desire of the Scottish National Party – coming from second place in 2007 – to make gains the length and breadth of Scotland.

Commenting on the figures, SNP Local Government Campaign Director Derek Mackay MSP said:

“These figures demonstrate how little confidence the three main opposition parties have in their new leaders.

“Since the elections last year, all three of them have promised to listen to the voters and come back with a new prospectus - yet the fact they’re fielding fewer candidates suggests they expect to go backwards.

“And just this week a Tory candidate let slip that he only agreed to stand on the condition that he definitely wouldn’t win and wouldn’t do any campaigning.

“By contrast, SNP candidates are working hard the length and breadth of the country to secure gains everywhere.

“We are delivering our message that SNP Councils across the country will deliver a fairer deal for families, including continuing the Council Tax freeze an delivering more free and flexible nursery hours.”
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