Can­di­date re-vis­its former home

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The Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date for Perth and North Perthshire in the forth­com­ing West­min­ster elec­tions, Ian Duncan, was back in his old stomp­ing ground last week.

Mr Duncan vis­ited Alyth, where he went to school, with the leader of the Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives, Ruth David­son, dur­ing a whistlestop tour of east Perthshire on the cam­paign trail.

The MEP, who has rel­a­tives in Alyth, was met by a num­ber of well-wish­ers and Ms David­son was pleased to see Ian’s home town.

She said: “I have known Ian since he was 14 years old and he has al­ways talked about Alyth, but this is the first time I have been here.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic town, I re­ally like it. There is some won­der­ful iron-work in the square from the mil­len­nium and it is good to see the new bridges af­ter the flood­ing here two years ago.”

Com­ment­ing on the elec­tion, she said: “There is still a lot of work to do and we know we have to work hard for ev­ery sin­gle vote.

“I think Ian is an ex­cel­lent can­di­date, he is a lo­cal boy born and bred and a true gen­tle­man and I think Perth and North Perthshire de­serve a true gen­tle­man.

“There re­ally is only one party that can take on the SNP.

“We will do the work and put in the shift but it’s up to the vot­ers.”

Lo­cal coun­cil­lor for the Strath­more ward, which in­cludes Alyth, Den­nis Mel­loy, was among those who came out to meet Ian and Ruth.

He said: “Ian is an ex­tremely strong can­di­date who brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence in agri­cul­ture, fish­ing and the EU from his time as an MEP and I am look­ing for­ward to sup­port­ing him in the cam­paign.

“The vote to have me re-elected as coun­cil­lor for the Strath­more ward in­creased ex­po­nen­tially in this area and I would hope to see a sim­i­lar re­sult in sup­port of Ian in the gen­eral elec­tion.”

And one lo­cal res­i­dent who has lived in the town for five years, Mau­rice Cunningham, said: “It was nice to see Ruth David­son in the town.

“It’s good to see politi­cians vis­it­ing com­mu­ni­ties and see­ing what’s go­ing on.”

Visit Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive party leader Ruth David­son, Ian Duncan MEP and par­lia­men­tary can­di­date for Perth and North Perthshire, with Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive sup­port­ers in Alyth last week. Pic Richard Wilkins Impressed Alyth res­i­dent Mau­rice Cunningham said it was nice to see politi­cians visit lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties

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