A newly elected North-east MP today said it was important to get the best Brexit deal for the fishing, farming and oil and gas industries.
Ross Thomson was elected as Aberdeen South MP in last week’s General Election, ousting the SNP’s Callum McCaig, who was a former city council leader.
Mr Thomson, who was previously an Aberdeen city councillor, flew down to Westminster on Monday for the first day of Parliament.
He said: “It has been a whirlwind few days since the election.
“The Scottish Conservative team, including six from across the North-east, is eager to get to work.
“With Brexit negotiations fast approaching, we need to make sure we are getting the best possible deal for the whole UK – particularly our oil and gas, fishing and farming industries.”
Mr Thomson is delighted to be at Westminster with “a strong group of 12 other Scottish Conservative MPs”.
The Tory MP was joined by his North-east colleagues – West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MP Andrew Bowie, Gordon MP Colin Clark, Angus MP Kristene Hair, Moray MP Douglas Robertson, and Banff and Buchan’s David Duguid who were newly-elected in the General Election.
He added: “I think the numbers reflect a shift in public opinion across Scotland since 2015.
“Voters responded very well to our messageto oppose a second independence referendum and I think it is clear now that Nicola Sturgeon’s plans are dead in the water.
“It is an absolute honour and a privilege to represent Aberdeen South at Westminster.
“I am sure my colleagues feel the same about their constituencies.”
Mr Thomson, who was a Tory MSP at Holyrood, won the seat with 18,746 votes – a swing of 14.75% from the SNP.
He gained a majority of 4,752 over the SNP’s former energy spokesman at Westminster.