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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: Feb 11, 2020

    Liberal Democrat Constitutional Affairs spokesperson Wendy Chamberlain MP has branded the Home Office as 'not fit for purpose' as she tabled an amendment to an SNP motion due to be heard in the House of Commons on Tuesday afternoon.

    The amendment condemns the Conservative Government's Hostile Environment, which has caused people to be wrongly denied access to public services, evicted from their homes, detained and deported and calls upon all parties to work across the chamber to fix the Home Office.

  • Article: Feb 6, 2020

    Commenting on this afternoon's budget statement, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "This is a budget that is going to need substantial revisions.

    "We need to see serious efforts to support local government, the police, mental health, nursery education and the environment.

    "In particular, councils are buckling under pressure. The services they manage have been scraped back and back by years of underfunding and this budget doesn't deliver a fraction of the funding they need to get things back on track.

  • Article: Feb 5, 2020

    Commenting on the full review of Scotland's curriculum announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

    "Something has gone wrong in Scottish education. We have plummeted down the international rankings.

    "Teachers workloads are intolerable. There has been continuing confusion about the responsibilities of Education Scotland. Abolishing the survey of literacy and numeracy when the results declined, to replace it with new national testing, has made it harder to see what is really going on.

  • Article: Feb 5, 2020

    Responding to the Independent Inquiry into Mental Health Services in Tayside which warns of "a breakdown of trust in many aspects of the provision of mental health services in Tayside" and makes 51 recommendations for improving services, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

  • Article: Feb 5, 2020

    Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today demanded both of Scotland's governments urgently adopt new policies to tackle the "emergency" of homeless deaths, after the first ever statistics for Scotland revealed 195 homeless people died in 2018 - 4 a week.

    They also showed:

    • Scotland had the highest rate of homeless deaths of all GB countries in 2018, with a rate more than twice that of England or Wales.
    • a 19% increase on the estimated 164 deaths in 2017.
    • 53% of deaths in 2018 were drug-related (up from 41% in 2017).
    • 8% of deaths in 2018 were suicide
    • 8% of deaths in 2018 were alcohol-related
    • 79% of those who died were male, while the mean age at death was 43 for females and 44 for males.
  • Article: Feb 4, 2020

    Responding to confirmation that in December 2019, four, eight and twelve hour waits at A&E were the worst on record, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "The SNP Health Secretary said that she would turn round years of decline, but these figures confirm that she has spectacularly failed.

  • Article: Feb 3, 2020

    Responding to the news that the number of community payback orders issued fell by 1,500 (8%) last year, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:

    "For years we have heard the Scottish Government talk about maximising the use of community sentences, but these new figures show that their use has dropped for the third year in a row.

  • Article: Feb 3, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today voiced concern about the mounting and "colossal costs" of the unopened Sick Kids hospital, as he revealed staff costs for the empty hospital are topping £139,000 a month.

    Staff costs from March to August 2019 totalled £834,000, which covered domestics, catering and logistics. There were 137 staff whose employment covered working at the new hospital either part or full time during September 2019.

  • Article: Feb 2, 2020

    Research revealed today by the Scottish Liberal Democrats shows that 375,305 images were supplied to the Police National database from Police Scotland's Criminal History System since 2014, without a clear legislative requirement for their deletion if the person pictured is found to be innocent.

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has tabled an amendment to the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill which would see innocent people's photos deleted after 3 years, in line with current law for DNA and fingerprint retention. It will be voted on at the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee this Tuesday.

  • Article: Jan 31, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said

    "The SNP Leader's statement will be met with almost universal frustration.

    "People who want the division to stop will be dismayed that Nicola Sturgeon wants yet more constitutional arguments after years of Brexit and independence.

    "Independence supporters will feel let down with promises of yet more talking shops and a spin-job. This was supposed to be a game changing speech but all it's changed is the name of the pointless talking shop.