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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."

Recent updates

  • Article: Oct 22, 2020

    Responding to reports indicating that the Canadian owners of fabrication yard firm BiFab have withdrew their bid for a major contract build jackets for wind turbines to be installed off Fife,

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "Frankly ministers need to explain why they have not been able to fulfil their promise to workers in Lewis and Fife.

  • Article: Oct 22, 2020

    Responding to comments from National Clinical Director Jason Leitch on GMS this morning that "people should get their digital Christmas ready", Willie Rennie said:

    "People have made huge sacrifices for months on end, they will be devastated to hear that Christmas as they know it is cancelled this year. Many will rightly question whether the government have used the past six months as well as they could have to expand testing, shore up our NHS and prepare for a second wave.

  • Article: Oct 22, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today highlighted "alarming" new findings from Carers UK, suggesting that 87% of Scottish carers have found that the needs of those they care for have increased since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The report also found that:

  • Article: Oct 21, 2020

    Responding to the First Minister's briefing this afternoon, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "I am really anxious about the developing situation. The government needs to be on top of this if we are to control the virus. Hospital wards are filling, cases are rising at a worrying rate and the R number is still well above 1.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie today said there is a "dangerous lack of capacity" within Test and Protect after new statistics showed that last week a further 560 people weren't interviewed about their whereabouts and contacts within 48 hours of their positive test being logged.

    Scottish Liberal Democrat analysis of today's Public Health Scotland data shows the number of people waiting over 48 hours between their positive case being logged and being interviewed by contact tracers:

    Week ending

    Number of people waiting 48-72 hours

    Number of people waiting more than 72 hours

    Total waiting more than 48 hours
    18 October
    11 October
    314
    368
    246
    199
    560
    567
    4 October 228 213 441
    27 September 120 57 177

    20 September

    49 23 72
    13 September 57 39 96
    6 September 31 7 38
    Time between the record appearing on the Contact Tracing Case Management System and the positive individual being interviewed

  • Article: Oct 21, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP has today written to the Education Secretary to raise concerns about the safety of school staff across Scotland who were asked to shield and propose the implementation of a Danish-inspired scheme, whereby teachers with existing health conditions could seek consultations with their doctors, and that the doctor's advice to the individual teacher returning to work must be adhered to by the employer.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2020

    Speaking after the conclusion of a meeting of Scottish political party leaders, Willie Rennie said:

    "I am very concerned with where this is going. We need a government that is on top of the situation.

    "People made great sacrifices for months and are frustrated the government did not keep its part of the bargain on testing, quarantine checks and planning for the return of schools and universities.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2020

    A probe into the use of the official government logo by a commercial company has been demanded by the Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Willie Rennie. The inquiry has been called for after the Scottish Government were forced to ditch its botched fire alarm plan yesterday. Mr Rennie also called for a fully funded new plan to be prepared urgently.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today warned that ministers are struggling to deliver an effective tracing system as it was revealed that Scottish government has agreed a £1.3m contract with call centre company Ascensos for "immediate and rapid deployment" of additional contact tracers.

  • Article: Oct 20, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today pressed for urgent action to tackle the pressures and barriers facing carers in Scotland.

    His comments come as the Health and Care Experience Survey for 2019-2020 reveals that:

    • The percentage of respondents agreeing they "have a good balance between caring and other things in my life" has fallen steadily from 69% in 2013/14 to 64% in 2019/20
    • The percentage of respondents agreeing they "feel supported to continue caring" has fallen steadily from 43% in 2013/14 to 34% in 2019/20
    • The percentage of respondents agreeing that "local services are well coordinated for the person I look after" has fallen steadily from 47% in 2013/14 to 38% in 2019/20