Don takes Angus North and Mearns

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I am honoured and delighted to have been elected as SNP MSP for Angus North and Mearns. The fact that so many of you have given me your trust by voting for me is overwhelming. This is a responsibility I will respect and you have my pledge that I will work hard for every one of my constituents.

At this point, I wish to pay tribute to my campaign team and constituency activists without whose unstinting support I would not have received this position. We fought a positive campaign and did not take any of your votes for granted, working to earn each one.

I should also like to thank my campaign opponents for fighting a mainly tough but clean campaign and acknowledge the return of Alex Johnstone as a regional MSP for the North East. My work as your representative starts now and I shall honour commitments already made to take on the matters that really matter to you. In Stonehaven and the Mearns part of the constituency the big issues are grade separation at the Laurencekirk junction and the erosion at the Bervie Braes.

I have commented throughout the campaign about how important I believe tourism is to the economy of the area and that I see a major role for me in helping to bring tourism opportunity providers together. This would be to work together to develop a cross-constituency approach to promote events and venues which could attract a much wider participation.

Nationally as a member of the Scottish Government, I shall work with my SNP and, where possible opposition, colleagues to deliver on the promises made to you during the campaign. Lastly I would like to reiterate my thanks and appreciation to all of you for placing your confidence in me to represent you for the next five years.

Nigel Don MSP