Cole-Hamilton goes after rural voters in wake of Tory chaos


As he visited Strathtay in Perth & Kinross, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has said that his party can speak for rural Scotland and urged voters to back Scottish Liberal Democrats. 

Campaigning alongside Clare Mclaren, the party’s agriculture spokesperson, Mr Cole-Hamilton highlighted policies such as: 

  • Encouraging rural colleges to become enterprise hubs, meeting local skills needs and supporting innovative new businesses.
  • Tackling the chronically poor condition of local roads.
  • Helping communities get the most of the Rural and Island Housing Fund secured by Scottish Liberal Democrats and, once it fulfils its potential, seek its extension. 
  • Campaigning for rural communities to have enhanced consultation rights and consideration, similar to the Islands Act, to ensure the unique challenges they face are addressed.
  • Support stronger local health services so that people can get the care they need closer to home.
  • Securing the connections to superfast broadband which communities need to work, learn and thrive with plans for community connection managers who will broker bespoke solutions for communities, particularly in remoter and island areas that have been left out of the main central government programmes.

Mr Cole-Hamilton said: 

“On my tour around the country, I keep meeting former Conservative voters who are absolutely scunnered at the way the Prime Minister has behaved. They played their part and kept each other safe, while he partied in Downing Street. They work hard and pay their taxes while the Chancellor does nothing to help people with the cost-of-living crisis. 

“I want Scottish Liberal Democrats to be the voice of rural Scotland. Our councillors are hardworking local champions who will stand up their communities and send a message that voters are demanding better than Tory sleaze and SNP incompetence. 

“We have a positive plan to support rural communities and ensure that every corner of Scotland can flourish. That’s why voters should back Scottish Liberal Democrat candidates on 5th May.” 

Clare Mclaren said: 

“With my years of experience in agriculture and rural industries, I will be helping the party to develop a new policy agenda for remote and rural communities. 

“From encouraging rural colleges to meet local skills needs, to tackling the chronically poor condition of local roads and securing access to the superfast broadband which communities need to thrive, Scottish Liberal Democrat councillors can deliver for rural Scotland.” 


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