Scottish Liberal Democrats in the North East have this week selected local resident Mike Rumbles to be their candidate for the Aberdeenshire West constituency at the next Scottish Parliamentary elections to be held in 2016.
Mr Rumbles was elected to the first Scottish Parliament in 1999 and served the people of West Aberdeenshire & Kincardine for 12 years before boundary changes abolished his constituency.
Commenting, Mr Rumbles said:
“I have been delighted by the very many local people who have asked me to stand again for the Scottish Parliament here in Aberdeenshire. It was heartening to receive over 80 percent of the votes of local Liberal Democrat members during the selection process.
“I am determined to ensure that once again the people of Aberdeenshire West have a local resident able to represent them in the Scottish Parliament who is willing to fight against the SNP government’s closure of local facilities such as the Aboyne Maternity Unit, their centralisation of local police services and their abject failure after 7 years in Government to get on with transport projects around the North East.”
Local MP Sir Robert Smith said in congratulating Mike on his selection:
“I am delighted Mike has decided to stand again for the Scottish Parliament. Having worked with him since he was first elected in 1999 I know he will speak up strongly for his constituents. Together with our local councillors we will make up a strong Liberal Democrat team serving the people of West Aberdeenshire.”