Actor Brian Cox has backed Angus Robertson in the contest to become the SNP’s new depute leader, saying he has the “experience and talent” to help Scotland become independent.
The Braveheart and Bourne Identity star said he “couldn’t think of a better person to be Nicola Sturgeon’s right-hand man” than the Moray MP.
Mr Robertson is one of four candidates running to become the new depute leader of the SNP after Stewart Hosie stepped down from the role amid allegations about his private life.
Dundee-born Cox, who campaigned for a Yes vote in the 2014 independence referendum, said: “I have known Angus for many years and I am in no doubt of his abilities.
“Angus has taken the Tories to task to become the most effective opposition at Westminster and, after Brexit, we need an experienced team given we have a real chance to deliver independence. I am confident Angus has the experience and talent to help us get there.
“Angus works tirelessly for the advancement of independence, Scotland and the SNP. That’s why I am voting Angus number one to be depute leader of the SNP.”
Mr Robertson, leader of the SNP group at Westminster, said: “To have the backing of such an important voice in the independence debate is really important.
“Brian’s work during the referendum was invaluable and I was pleased to stand beside him throughout.
“Now, going in to the next phase of our party’s future – we need to have the most experienced team.
“Working alongside Nicola, I can bring the experience and leadership qualities that will take our leadership team to the next level.”
Mr Robertson is running against fellow MP Tommy Sheppard, MEP Alyn Smith and Inverclyde councillor Chris McEleny for the position, with the result to be announced at the SNP conference in October.