Candidate re-visits former home
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