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David Evans meets B&B committee

David Evans (back row 2nd from left) meets the local LibDem general election campaign committee

Welcome to Banffshire and Buchan Coast Liberal Democrats web site. Designed to keep you up-to-date with local events as well as what's happening nationwide.

Local Liberal Democrats choose General Election candidate.

The local Party has selected David Evans to contest the 2015 General Election. Originally from Newburgh David attended school in Ellon before studying Law at Aberdeen University. He now works for the NHS in Aberdeen.

David will fight a positive campaign. He will also explain to voters what the LibDems in coalition at Westminster have acheived in government during the past 5 years when they inheritied the worst economic recesion of a generation. Some of the acheivements , include the lowering of personal tax for the poorest paid, increasing old age pensions, increasing child care, as well as helping many businesses through the current recession.

He will also hold the SNP to account for their failures in government.

As part of the UK Government the Liberal Democrats are now the only party that can deliver social justice in coalition with the Conservatives. We will continue to work toward a fairer Britain.

"We will work towards delivering a fairer society that the Labour Party and the Conservative Party have failed to deliver when previously in government on their own during the past 50+ years. We will work hard re-build a stable, green economy for each and every one of us. We will reform politics so that every person and every vote counts. Fairness will be our aim in all that we do as we seek to provide a stable government that serves the whole of the UK."

"You can find out more, including how to keep in touch or join the Liberal Democrats, on this site."

Recent updates

  • Article: May 28, 2015

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes is urging local people to join a national bone marrow donor register … and help save lives in the fight against blood cancer.

    The blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan is searching for more selfless people willing to donate their stem cells, or bone marrow, to save the life of a stranger. More than 550,000 people are on the register.

  • Article: May 27, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes today said people will be astonished by the latest "crisis of conscience" by former SNP justice secretary Kenny MacAskill, who only today urged the SNP to review its position on votes for prisoners.

    This is despite the fact that as justice secretary he blocked Liberal Democrat moves to give some short-term prisoners the vote in the independence referendum.

  • Article: May 27, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that a full commitment to the Smith Agreement must be front and centre of the first Conservative Queen's speech tomorrow (Wednesday 27th May).

    Speaking ahead of the Queen's Speech, Scottish Liberal Democrat Willie Rennie said:

    "David Cameron must put the more powers for Scotland agreed by the five-party Smith Commission front and centre of his Queen's speech today.

  • Article: May 27, 2015

    Following the discussion of new facial recognition technology at Topical Questions at the Scottish Parliament today, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP commented: "Fingerprint and DNA evidence have been mistaken in the past, leading to miscarriages of justice. That is why legislation was introduced to govern how it is managed. Surely the use of this latest biometric software, facial recognition technology, should be subject to similarly rigorous regulations?

    "The cabinet secretary simply does not get it. It may be that custody mugshots can be uploaded to the national database legitimately. The real questions surround how the police can then try to identify people on the street using this raw technology and, crucially, in what circumstances this would be appropriate."

  • Article: May 26, 2015

    Eleanor Morgan, Senior Editor at VICE UK, blogs about why they partnered with Mind this week.

    One in four of us in Britain will experience a mental health condition over the course of year.

    This figure - a quarter of the population - includes everything from depression and anxiety disorders to psychosis disorders like paranoid schizophrenia. Mental illness is real, pervasive and can affect anyone at any time, but you will all know that already. However, thanks to the stigma, lack of understanding and reluctant communication that still surrounds mental health disorders, we often feel defined by our problems, that we are our conditions. This is wrong.

  • Article: May 26, 2015

    One of Britain's greatest Paralympic athletes has called on wheelchair-users to back a new push to transform wheelchair services across England.

    Retired Paralympic legend Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson, now a crossbench peer, said that wheelchair-users had been fighting for more than 30 years for improvements to NHS wheelchair services, and were "really angry and want change".

  • Alison McInnes (centre) with other MSPs outside parliament
    Article: May 26, 2015

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes promoted National Epilepsy Week (17-23 May) activities in the Scottish Parliament which included cover signing the published revised SIGN national guideline on managing epilepsy in adults. Along with fellow MSPs, she was pictured holding up the gold standard guidance cover in a group photo, held by the Epilepsy Consortium Scotland (ECS), following First Minister's Question Time on Thursday 21 May in the Garden Lobby. 

  • Article: May 26, 2015

    The civil liberties of innocent people could be at risk as Scottish Liberal Democrats today revealed Police Scotland are using controversial new facial recognition technology to try to identify people.

    Figures revealed by the Scottish Liberal Democrats today show that 601,837 custody mugshots of 334,594 Scots have been uploaded to the UK-wide Police National Database (PND).

  • Article: May 21, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats said today that the lack of a long-term financial strategy must be resolved urgently in order to avoid damaging cuts to fire services in local communities.

    An Audit Scotland report published today revealed significant challenges faced by the new national fire and rescue service, including a £43m black hole in its budget.

  • Article: May 20, 2015

    A Lib Dem peer who is wheelchair-bound today told how she was made to feel like a nuisance "inanimate object" after she was barred from boarding an almost empty bus.

    Baroness Sal Brinton was told by a bus conductor to wait for the next number 24 from Euston station after a young father refused to move his pram, despite wheelchair users taking priority just after midday yesterday.

    The Lib Dem party president, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and can only walk a few paces, said the father just turned his back on her and the bus conductor refused to even ask him to move his buggy.

    Baroness Brinton, who had been on her way to party HQ in Westminster, told the Standard: "The guy just refused to cooperate and turned his back on me and the conductor refused to even have a conversation with him.

    "The conductor told me there was another bus coming soon, but that sailed past while we were having that discussion. In the end they just closed the doors on me leaving the people at the bus stop frothing at the mouth with anger.

    The bus, pictured by Baroness Brinton, after it drove off when she was not allowed to board

    "I didn't want him to fold up the buggy and take his child out, just move slightly so we could both fit. On the bus I did eventually get a buggy got on and everyone was very helpful and we managed to get both of us on.

    "Frankly it was all about wanting something to happen. I felt like an inanimate object who was just getting in the way.

    "There are enough barriers for wheelchair users as it is."

    Mike Weston, Transport for London's director of buses, said: "I'm very sorry about Baroness Sal Brinton's experience. We have spoken to the bus operator Metroline and they are investigating.

    "Our guidance to bus drivers clearly states that wheelchair users are to be given priority access to the dedicated space on our buses even if it is occupied by a buggy or other passengers. Drivers are asked to use the onboard automated announcement system to make it clear when the wheelchair space is needed and, if necessary, to ask buggy owners to share the space, move or fold their buggies.

    "As with many things about life in a busy London, we do ask our customers to look out for one another and to abide by our guidance. In a case where another passenger will not make space, the bus driver should explain the situation to the wheelchair user.

    "If the next bus is not already there, the driver is under instruction to contact his or her garage so that the next bus can be notified to pick up the wheelchair user."