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All in the family for SNP's Jackie Hendry

By Alan Shields

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Politics runs in the family or so it seems for the Hendrys.

Jackie Hendry was elected at last week's local elections as councillor for Inverness Ness-side.

She is the wife of a familiar face to many in the Highland capital having helped her husband Drew in his standing as a Member of Parliament since 2015 and as a councillor before that.

Now she hopes to serve her community under the SNP banner.

Speaking just minutes after being elected, Mrs Hendry told the Inverness Courier her hopes and aspirations for her time in local politics.

She said: “First of all I know everyone says this, but genuinely I want to thank the people of Inverness Ness-side for putting their trust in me and also to the other candidates in the campaign and for everyone who has helped me out in the last few months.

“In terms of what I want to do – in the SNP our priority is the cost of living crisis, absolutely, over and above everything.

“In the council what we can do is work with our partners and local charities to try and support families with that.

“That's a priority.

“We also want to work with communities so that we've got communication – so say for example I wanted to go tidy up an area – I wouldn't just bulldoze in – I'd communicate with them and say what do you need done, what can we do here, how can we work together?

“I think that's important so they can trust us as their councillors and show that we will get things done. We will listen to what they want.

“I also think it's really important to have a positive vision for the Highlands as we've been through so much in the last few years and now with the cost of living and fuel poverty – it's just so horrendous.

“It's important that we have hope for the Highlands and a vision for the future.”

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