SNP Leader and Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond took to the streets on  Day One of the General Election campaign, to meet voters in one of the SNP’s top targets.  

Across the country, the SNP is to deliver half a million “MORE NATS LESS CUTS” campaign postcards by 6pm tonight, in time for the evening news bulletins.  
The SNP also highlighted the calling of the election on the anniversary of  the Declaration of Arbroath – Scotland’s Declaration of Independence, a key issue in the campaign.  

Visiting Portobello in the Edinburgh East constituency, Mr Salmond said:
“At this election, Scottish voters can elect local and national champions.  SNP MPs who will make sure Scotland’s communities can’t be ignored.

“Scotland needs champions now more than ever. The London parties offer  the same agenda – they are part of the same metropolitan, political machine.  

The London  parties have blown the gaff on their plans for Scotland.   By their own admission, Labour would cut ‘tougher and deeper’ than Thatcher, and the Tories are planning a  special cut for Scotland despite being funded by Scottish resources, blowing their  respect agenda away.

“The SNP are going into this campaign with a clear message for Scottish voters: more votes means more Nats, and more Nats means less cuts. The Westminster system is discredited, and only  SNP champions can protect and promote Scotland’s interests.  

“We can protect jobs, recovery and important local services and instead cut  things like the £100,000 million replacement for Trident, identity cards, the  House of Lords or the Scotland Office.”
“And in calling the election on the anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, Scotland’s declaration of  independence, Labour have ensured that the London parties refusal to allow Scotland’s  voters a say over their country’s future will be an issue SNP champions will  bring to the fore.

“On polling day the people of Scotland can do more than just vote for a politician, they can elect a local champion with the SNP.”