Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today declared that the Lib Dems are parking their tractors on Tory lawns and that his party can speak for rural communities across the country, after the Liberal Democrats stormed to victory in the Tiverton & Honiton by-election.
Liberal Democrat candidate Richard Foord overturned a Conservative majority of over 24,000 - the biggest ever majority overturned in a by-election.
Speaking from the Royal Highland Show in his Edinburgh Western constituency, Mr Cole-Hamilton said:
"I am absolutely delighted to be at the Royal Highland Show on the back of a spectacular win in the Tiverton and Honiton by-election. It is the biggest by-election victory our country has ever seen.
“It’s not a fluke because it’s the third time this has happened in a year. It also comes off the back of our making big gains in Scotland in May’s elections. The Liberal Democrat revival is happening everywhere.
"The voters of rural Britain have risen up in revolt after years of neglect. The scale of this victory shows that from one end of Britain to the other, no Conservative is safe. This is a hammer blow to Boris Johnson and everyone who embarrassed themselves defending him.
"Liberal Democrat tractors are now firmly parked on Tory lawns. We have shown that we can speak up for rural communities across the country and that momentum is with us."
Scottish Liberal Democrat agriculture spokesperson Cllr Clare Mclaren said:
"Rural Scotland has been taken for granted by both the Conservatives and the SNP.
"I am spending the Royal Highland Show listening to representatives of rural and farming communities and understanding the challenges that they are facing; from soaring energy bills to difficulties recruiting seasonal labour.
"Liberal Democrats are community champions and once people see what we can do for local communities they never look back."