Scottish Liberal Democrats have today announced that Elizabeth Riches will be the party’s candidate in North East Fife at the forthcoming general election.
Elizabeth has represented the East Neuk for 27 years area as a Regional, District and Fife Councillor. She was Leader of the Opposition on Fife Council (1997-2007) and then Depute Leader of the Council for five years (2007 – 2012).
Elizabeth Riches said
"I want to be the Member of Parliament for North East Fife so that I can stand up in Westminster for our area. North East Fife deserves a representative who will put the needs of the local area first.
"I will aim to provide a first class service for the constituency just like Menzies Campbell and I will work as part of a strong local team alongside our councillors and Willie Rennie.
"I will use my experience as a teacher, councillor for the East Neuk and deputy leader of Fife Council to serve the best interests of the area.
"Local people rejected independence by a large margin and should have an MP who can speak for them. Scottish independence is not in the interests of the academic, fishing, farming and tourism sectors."
Willie Rennie said:
"Elizabeth Riches will be a cracking MP. She has the determination, energy, intellect and steely backbone that North East Fife needs. She has been a doughty campaigner for the East Neuk for many years and will use that experience to stand up for us in Westminster. I am delighted."
Menzies Campbell, former MP for North East Fife said:
"Elizabeth Riches is outstanding and will be an outstanding Member of Parliament for North East Fife. I have known her for many years and have admired her tenacity, political judgement and energy. She will be a tremendous advocate for every corner of the constituency."
Elizabeth Riches Biography
Taught Biology in secondary schools in London, Belfast and St Andrews.
Ran a local small herb growing business for 25 years, selling at Farmers’ Markets and supplying top local restaurants.
For 27 years represented the East Neuk area as a Regional, District and Fife Councillor.
Leader of the Opposition on Fife Council (1997-2007) and then Depute Leader of the Council for five years (2007 – 2012).
Lived in the Arctic Circle for almost two years.
Loves gardening, walking and attending classical concerts.