Rennie: the Highlands needs a local champion

On a visit to Wick today Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has said that only Liberal Democrat MPs will stand up for their local communities while the SNP are cheerleaders for independence.

His visit to Wick, in the Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross seat with candidate Jamie Stone, is part of a tour of constituencies that the Liberal Democrats are targeting to win.

Mr Rennie pointed to the centralisation of health services in the Highlands which have left people in the area short-changed.

Mr Rennie said:

“Liberal Democrats stand up for the Highlands against the SNP and their centralisation agenda which strips powers and services from the region.  The downgrading of the maternity unit at Caithness General Hospital typifies what has been lost in the Highlands.

“The local NHS has been short-changed by the Scottish Government. There’s a GP shortage and control over police and fire services has been taken to the central belt.  Yet despite this shoddy treatment not one nationalist MP has spoken up for the region.  That needs to change and with Liberal Democrat MPs the Highlands will have local champions who will put local needs first.”

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