SNP steps up campaign as local elections near

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With one week to go before the poll in the Scottish council elections, SNP leader Alex Salmond has urged the party’s candidates and members to ‘redouble their efforts’ in a final push for votes.

The SNP is the only party to be fielding more candidates than at the last council elections in 2007, and has set a target of winning more seats and councillors than any other party this time around.

Over the next seven days, Party chiefs are planning a series of letters to target voters in swing wards, local and national newspaper adverts and an unprecedented push on polling day to get its vote out.

In a message to SNP members, Mr Salmond said:

“The local elections are now just a week away and across the country the party’s campaign is in full swing.

“I’m delighted to report that we are contacting as many voters during this campaign as we managed in last year’s Scottish election and that is a testament to the hard-work and commitment of our members.  So, thank you for all your efforts and your support.”

Mr Salmond described the party’s campaign message as “a powerful one” and insisted that cooperation and partnership will allow SNP councils to progress and achieve more.

According to Mr Salmond the party will:

• keep the Council Tax frozen, saving families an average of £1,200 by 2016.

• protect the 1,000 extra police – officers who have helped deliver the lowest crime rates for 35 years.

• provide more help for young parents with extra, free nursery hours – increasing to 600 every year.

• invest in jobs and training through our Building for Recovery programme and the unique Opportunities for All, which guarantees the offer of a training or learning place to all 16-19-year-olds.