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06 May 2024

SWA comments on SNP leadership election results

Leader of the SNP John Swinney MSP | SWA Member Patricia Dillion, MD of Speyside Distillers | SWA CEO Mark Kent
Following the outcome of the 2024 SNP leadership contest, the SWA has congratulated John Swinney

Commenting as John Swinney MSP has been confirmed as the new leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Chief Executive of the SWA Mark Kent said: “The Scotch Whisky industry congratulates John Swinney on becoming SNP leader, and presumptive First Minister of Scotland. Mr Swinney has made clear he welcomes an ongoing partnership with the Scotch Whisky industry to deliver economic growth, achieve ambitious sustainability goals, and enhance Scotland’s reputation on the world stage. The SWA and wider industry stands ready to work with his government to ensure its policies match and support our shared aims.”

Learn more about the Scotch Whisky industry's political engagement here