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Alison Smith Candidate in General Election 2019

Alison Smith has been selected as the Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate to contest Banff and Buchan in the 2019 General Election to be held on Thursday the 12th December.

Alison is a writer and academic. After graduating from the University of Aberdeen, she worked for Malcolm Bruce, MP for Gordon, from 2001-2006, and served as a councillor in Aberdeen from 2003-2007. She now teaches Comparative Government, European Politics and Russian Politics and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Alison is passionate about the importance of education, community, and the need to return civility and integrity to politics. Married with a son, she enjoys gardening and hill-walking in her spare time.

Why vote for Alison?

* She will fight for rural and coastal communities, where investment is long overdue.

* She will oppose Scottish independence and Brexit, which have already wasted five years and more than eight billion pounds.

Alison says - "It's time to put our local communities first. We've lost five years bickering about independence and Europe. Meanwhile rural and coastal services are being cut.
£8.3 billion has already been spent on no-deal Brexit preparations. Just a drop of that could transform our coastal and rural towns and villages!"

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: Jul 13, 2020

    Responding to the news that the breast cancer screening programme is to restart, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "The resumption of breast cancer screening is extremely good news.

    "It is incredibly important that we start up all screening as swiftly and safely as possible.

  • Article: Jul 10, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie today questioned proposals to delay the expansion of childcare to 1140 hours and called on the Scottish Government to stop stonewalling parents by refusing to release local progress reports. The party says a one year delay to the expansion is bad for education and the economy.

  • Article: Jul 9, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today pressed the Finance Secretary about what measures she will put in place to support freelancers and others excluded from the existing funding schemes.

    Speaking after he addressed the Finance Secretary in the Scottish Parliament, Mr Rennie said:

    "Too many people have fallen between the gaps in the various support schemes offered by the UK and the Scottish governments. It's harsh and unfair to leave so many excluded.

  • Article: Jul 8, 2020

    Responding to the statement from the Chancellor, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "This mini budget contains some measures such as the VAT cut for hospitality and tourism that Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for. The green home grants is a start but not enough to kickstart a real green recovery.

  • Article: Jul 8, 2020

    Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has written to the First Minister to ask when visitors to Edinburgh will be able to arrive without quarantining.

    Mr Cole-Hamilton's letter is as follows:

    Dear First Minister,

    I am writing to ask that you expedite the decision on the designation of 'air-bridges' to those countries from where we will be able welcome international visitors to Scotland without a quarantine order. Furthermore I'd be grateful if you could clarify which countries might subsequently be included into the air-bridge scheme in the latter half of the summer tourism season.

  • Article: Jul 8, 2020

    Commenting on news that the Scottish Government is further delaying the roll out of 1140 hours for early learning and childcare, education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

    "The year long delay to the implementation to the expansion of early learning and childcare will come as a bitter disappointment to families across Scotland.

  • Article: Jul 8, 2020

    Speaking ahead of the First Minister's statement on the next steps in easing the lockdown, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has challenged her to ensure that everyone who is expected to work will be able to access childcare.

    His call comes as an SNP-run council announced that children will not be in full time education on 11th August. Falkirk council have announced that while teachers will return on 11th August, pupils will not return full-time until the 24th.

  • Article: Jul 8, 2020

    After the initial meeting of the APPG for ExcludedUK today, Liberal Democrat MP and Chair of the APPG Jamie Stone has joined with the other co-chairs in calling on the Chancellor to help those who have so far been left out of the financial support measures introduced by the Government.

    The APPG has been set up with the help of ExcludedUK to represent the 3 million individuals who have not been entitled to the Government support in response to the coronavirus crisis. The first meeting this morning was the largest of any inaugural APPG meeting, seeing over 150 MPs join online.

    In a joint letter to the Chancellor ahead of his speech tomorrow, Jamie Stone and the co-chairs of the APPG (William Wragg MP, Tracy Brabin MP, Alison Thewliss MP, Jeffery Donaldson MP and Caroline Lucas MP) have urged Rishi Sunak to not only respond to the Treasury Select Committee Interim Report and its recommendations to help all those who have been excluded, but also commit to a meeting with the APPG and Excluded UK as a matter of urgency.

  • Article: Jul 8, 2020

    Commenting on a new survey from the Scottish Childminding Association which suggests that if current restrictions were to continue only 19% of childminding businesses believe they will still be viable in 12 months' time, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "The Scottish Government have a big challenge on their hands. If they do not change course the majority of childminding businesses will be in deep trouble.

  • Article: Jul 7, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today backed plans from Scottish Care for a National Day of Mourning and Remembrance for all those impacted by Covid-19.

    Dr Donald Macaskill, chief executive of Scottish Care, has written to all members of the Scottish Parliament to ask them to agree in principle to the idea of a day to mourn all those who have died in care homes, in hospitals and in community and remember all those who have worked tirelessly in the care of others sharing compassion, exercising professionalism and sacrificial service