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The Scottish Liberal Democrats has selected Alison Simpson as its prospective parliamentary candidate for the Banffshire and Buchan Coast seat in the 2021 Holyrood election.

The 56-year-old has lived, worked and raised her family in the constituency over the last 33 years.

As a community development officer and social enterprise specialist, she has contributed to many local projects, developing a wide variety of events and facilities - including the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, Whitehills Marina and Banffshire Community Transport operation.

Alison Simpson has been chosen as the Scottish Liberal Democrats candidate for the Banffshire and Buchan Coast constituency in next year's Holyrood election.

The party's constituency secretary Alistair Mason said: "She has worked to support many different community groups right across the area, and is proud to have been a part of a number of enduring success stories.

"She has worked hard to ensure that local residents are able to own and maintain community assets and have a say in the issues that are important to them.

"Her professional and voluntary activities have brought her into contact with many local residents, and she hopes to have built a reputation for effectiveness, integrity, and authenticity.

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

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