Liberal Democrats gather in North East for mini conference

10 Feb 2024
Wendy Chamberlain MP

North East Scotland Liberal Democrats will this Saturday hold a mini spring conference in Inverurie, as they promised to prioritise “communities and public service” at the forthcoming election and criticised the SNP for having neglected this after more than a decade in government.

As well as a keynote address from Scottish Liberal Democrat deputy leader Wendy Chamberlain MP, former MP for Gordon, Lord Malcolm Bruce of Bennachie, will be opening the event.

Prospective general election candidates for seats within the North East of Scotland will also be hosting a show and tell session of their campaign priorities and answering members’ questions.

Wendy Chamberlain said:

“I am absolutely thrilled to be speaking in Inverurie this weekend. It’s a powerful reminder that communities and public service are at the very core of our liberal vision.  

"We've knocked thousands of doors in the North East, talking about the issues that matter the most, from access to local healthcare to the state of the roads. It's clear that the SNP are haemorrhaging both trust and support. On everything from the economy to health and education, the nationalists have failed to deliver.  

“At the next election, our eyes will be firmly fixed on putting the issues that matter at the top of the agenda.”  

Liberal Democrat candidate for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, Michael Turvey, said:  

“The people of the North East get a poor deal. The tax chaos the Conservatives have inflicted on the energy industry is costing jobs and investment.  Meanwhile, the SNP are starving local services of cash, with Aberdeenshire amongst the worst funded local authorities in Scotland.

"Liberal Democrats are passionate about championing a new kind of politics that will inspire communities and put their interests first.  We're playing a key role in running both Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire councils, and our first regional conference for several years shows that the party is continuing to grow at a grassroots level.

“At the next election, we will be laser focussed on the issues that matter. That means campaigning for quality public services, ensuring a just transition for the energy industry and growing the economy by creating sustainable jobs for the future.”