Alex Neil MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing

Keith Brown is my pick for depute leader of the SNP, his political instinct is second to none and his organisational ability is top-notch.

As a ministerial colleague he has proven himself more than capable and his commitment, dedication and hard work are exemplary.

Nicola Sturgeon will need a fearless and able deputy to stand beside her during the Smith Commission proceedings and the changes that the SNP will have to undergo to accommodate the thousands of new members we have now.

I have total confidence in the reliability and integrity of Keith Brown; he’ll make an excellent depute and will be an able lieutenant to Nicola.