Maxwell campaign gets ‘big name’ support

Stewart Maxwell is joined by Alex Salmond, Kirsten Oswald and Humza Yousaf campaigning in Clarkston.
Stewart Maxwell is joined by Alex Salmond, Kirsten Oswald and Humza Yousaf campaigning in Clarkston.

Some of the SNP’s top names came out in force this week to show support for local MSP, Stewart Maxwell.

Mr Maxwell, who is hoping to be re-elected to the Eastwood constituency, was campaigning in Clarkston on Tuesday.

Stewart Maxwell is joined by Alex Salmond, Kirsten Oswald, Humza Yousaf, Fiona Hyslop and Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh campaigning in Clarkston.

Stewart Maxwell is joined by Alex Salmond, Kirsten Oswald, Humza Yousaf, Fiona Hyslop and Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh campaigning in Clarkston.

Originally, the group were due to man an outdoor stand in the Main Street, however as 3pm approached mother nature intervened and the group were forced under cover in a local cafe as the heavens opened.

Bolstering Mr Maxwell’s campaign, some of the big names who turned out were former First Minister Alex Salmond MP, MSP; Fiona Hyslop MSP; Humza Yousaf MSP, and Kirsten Oswald MP.

Mr Maxwell spoke to The Extra saying: ““The Scottish Parliament election is about how we keep Eastwood and Scotland moving forward and build on the progress we’ve made since 2007 – and I’m delighted to have the support of people like Alex Salmond and Fiona Hyslop as our election campaign steps up a gear.

“The SNP has a strong track record both locally and nationally – which is why more and more people in Eastwood are putting their trust in us to secure the re-election of Nicola Sturgeon for First Minister and an SNP government which stands up for Scotland.”

Stewart maxwell enjoying a cuppa campaigning in Clarkston with Kirsten Oswald

Stewart maxwell enjoying a cuppa campaigning in Clarkston with Kirsten Oswald

Mr Salmond commented: ““I am delighted to be here in Eastwood today to highlight the SNP’s strong track record locally and nationally – and to campaign for the election of Stewart Maxwell, to continue his hard-work representing the people of this area.

“Stewart is one of the hardest-working MSPs in the Scottish Parliament and would work tirelessly to make Eastwood a better place – and I would urge everyone across the constituency to cast both votes for the SNP, securing the election of Stewart Maxwell as MSP and the re-election of Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister.

“I also have to say a thank you to the people of Eastwood who spoke to us today and for their warm hospitality.”

The 2016 Scottish Parliament election is to be held on Thursday, May 5 to elect 129 members. It will be the fifth general election since the parliament was established in 1999.

Stewart Maxwell is joined by Alex Salmond and the staff of cafe Roma campaigning in Clarkston.

Stewart Maxwell is joined by Alex Salmond and the staff of cafe Roma campaigning in Clarkston.