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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: Jan 14, 2020

    Commenting on Boris Johnson's letter to the First Minister refusing another independence referendum, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "The 2012 Edinburgh Agreement ensured that there was a legal, fair and decisive vote on independence. The nationalists lost, but rather than spend the subsequent years fixing crises in health and education, they have ignored domestic policy and carried on obsessing over independence.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2020

    Responding to the news that performance against the A&E waiting time target has fallen to 81.8% of patients treated within 4 hours, compared to the 95% target, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

    "A&E waiting times are suffering a serious and sustained slump. The Government has not reached its own target since July 2017.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2020

    Commenting on the latest turmoil in Scottish Labour, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "Richard Leonard's authority was undermined in the election by Jeremy Corbyn. Now he has been undermined by his own Executive in Scotland. It begs the question: is anyone listening to the Leader of the Scottish Labour Party?

  • Article: Jan 9, 2020

    The Scottish Government has, today, backed down from its 2016 election promise to deliver superfast broadband to every home in Scotland by 2021, admitting that the commitment will not be delivered until well into the next Parliament.

    The Scottish Government's connectivity minister told MSPs in the Scottish Parliament today that the Scottish Government's R100 programme will now not be completed until 2023 at the earliest. This marks the third delay to the project announced since 2016.

  • Article: Jan 8, 2020

    Commenting on today's debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill in the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "Scottish Liberal Democrats were clear that we would oppose Brexit in all its forms and that is what we will do. I still believe and will continue to make the case that we should make Brexit stop.

  • Article: Jan 7, 2020

    Responding to the news that 724 operations were cancelled during November due to capacity or non-clinical reasons, the highest figure for a year, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

    "24 people per day are having their operations cancelled through no fault of their own, causing disruption and further pain. It's frustrating for staff too but there simply aren't enough of them to go around.

  • Article: Jan 5, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called for a parliamentary inquiry into the collapse of Our Power, after it emerged that the SNP Government is poised to lose millions of pounds it invested in the not-for-profit energy supplier and will only have weeks to learn lessons before its own identical company is to start serving customers.

  • Article: Jan 4, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have called for action to tackle the lack of gender balance in Scotland's justice system.

    It follows a freedom of information request by the party and comes as Lady Hale is about to retire as Lord President of the Supreme Court next week.

    The request shows that just 37% of those in the role of Justice of the Peace were women in 2019. This imbalance is replicated throughout the court system. Statistics from the Judiciary of Scotland show that only 25% of Scotland's judiciary are women, including 23% of Sheriffs and 26% of High Court judges.

  • Article: Jan 3, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today declared that "it does not take a brain surgeon" to recognise that Scottish NHS staff are overworked and in need of a break, as he revealed new data showing that there have been over 45 million hours of staff absence since 2016, with staff mental health issues cited as the number one cause.

  • Article: Dec 31, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "Around the globe, dark currents have buffeted liberal democracy. Boris Johnson's Brexit threatens to cut us off from our European neighbours, while Donald Trump's trade wars and Twitter tirades threaten to undo America's status as a global leader. Meanwhile from Hong Kong to Xinjiang, protestors and activists face brutal clampdowns. These are the challenges we must face up to over the next twelve months.