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Parliamentary prodigy Mhairi Black to lead youth campaign in historic election for young people

On the first day of their 81st Annual Conference in Aberdeen, the SNP have revealed that they are to launch their Holyrood 2016 campaign with a new party political broadcast featuring the youngest MP for 350 years, Mhairi Black.

The expertly produced film is entitled "A Tale of Two Cities" and highlights the marked differences between the modern and progressive Scottish Parliament under the present Scottish Government and the outmoded and out-of-touch Palace of Westminster. It can be viewed by clicking on the following web-link: https://goo.gl/8T6nTg  

Last month it was announced that the 21-year-old Member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire would spearhead the SNP’s youth campaign in next May’s Scottish Parliament elections, as 16 and 17-year-olds are given the vote for the first time.

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Now Ms. Black and an extract of her maiden speech - which went viral online and hit 11 million views worldwide – will be at the heart of the SNP’s new campaign film “Strong Scottish Voices”.

The film, narrated by celebrated screen actor Martin Compston, extols the value of having strong Scottish voices at Westminster and a strong Scottish Government in Edinburgh.

Martin Compston on red carpet at Edin Film Festival

Campaign director and Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP, commented, “As the SNP launches its 2016 election campaign our new broadcast will be seen in thousands of homes up and down the country. The broadcast reflects our high ambitions for Scotland and our belief in the huge potential of Scotland’s youth.

“This election will be truly historic for young people, as 16 and 17 year olds will vote for the first time in any national election in any part of the UK. 

"By lowering the voting age we have sent a strong message to young people in Scotland: your opinion does matter, your voice will be heard and your vote will influence the future of our country."

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The Deputy First Minister continued, “I am delighted that Mhairi will lead our youth campaign and play a key role in electing a strong team of Scottish voices at Holyrood next year. Mhairi’s election itself was remarkable – becoming the youngest ever democratically elected MP in the UK – but since May she has also proved to be a powerful advocate for the people of Scotland. 

"Mhairi's maiden speech had a message that resonated far beyond the walls of Westminster and reached an incredible eleven million people."

Mhairi Black in Westminster

Mr. Swinney added, “This campaign video will also highlight the substantial progress the SNP has made in government. We have frozen the council tax, protected free university tuition, reformed our colleges, put 1,000 more police on our streets, cut NHS waiting times and increased free childcare. 

"This election will be an opportunity to build on this progress and take forward the First Minister’s bold and ambitious vision for the next decade."

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The veteran North Tayside MSP - pictured above with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon outside Bute House in Edinburgh - continued his statement by proclaiming, “Whether in Westminster or Holyrood, the SNP will always do what is right for Scotland.

"We take absolutely nothing for granted, but with our talented team, policies and momentum we can win an unprecedented third-term.

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John Swinney concluded with the affirmation, "We will work tirelessly in the coming months to retain the trust of the people of Scotland and elect a team of strong voices to the Scottish Parliament.”

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