Following Peter Morrell’s decision to step down as chief executive of the SNP with immediate effect, the party’s NEC has confirmed that former party chairman and chief executive Michael Russell will oversee the operation of the SNP’s headquarters on a temporary and voluntary basis.
Russell takes charge until a new party leader is appointed and the process of appointing a permanent replacement is complete.
The election of a new leader for the party is overseen by Lorna Finn, the party’s elected national secretary, and Mi-Voice, a respected independent company, conducts the process of issuing and counting votes.
Commenting, Business MP Kirsten Oswald said: “Peter has been a key part of the team that led the SNP to election victory after election victory and changed the face of Scottish politics.
“He steps down with our appreciation for his many years of service and great electoral success.
“As organizer of business meetings, I have called the NEC to the meeting to take responsibility for ensuring the general running of the SNP headquarters and prior to the election of a new leader for the party.
“The NEC has unanimously supported Michael Russell, the party’s widely respected chairman and former CEO, to take responsibility for day-to-day operations on an interim basis until a new party leader is appointed and the process for appointing a permanent replacement is complete. I am pleased to confirm that Michael has agreed to this.
“The leadership election has been overseen entirely by the National Secretary Lorna Finn who is responsible for all party elections, not the Chief Executive, and as a result these changes have no impact on the conduct of the leadership competition.
He added, “The ballots are issued and sorted by the MeVoice company, which is a respected independent company, and voting ends next Monday.
“Throughout this period, I thank the hardworking and hardworking staff at SNP HQ whose commitment to our party is second to none.”
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