Can­di­date did not ex­pect elec­tion

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, Fol­low­ing the let­ter sent in to your pa­per last week by Coun­cil­lor Julie McKenzie, I must com­ment that our for­mer MP Alan Reid agreed to stand in the gen­eral elec­tion af­ter many lo­cal peo­ple told the Lib­eral Democrats they hoped he would put his name for­ward.

Many peo­ple told us Alan had been a very hard-work­ing MP and was the only can­di­date who can over­take the SNP and stop an­other in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum. Alan fin­ished in clear second place the last time, well ahead of the third-placed Tory.

When he stood for Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil, Alan ob­vi­ously didn’t know that the Prime Min­is­ter in­tended to call a gen­eral elec­tion for June 8. Theresa May had promised re­peat­edly that she wouldn’t do this. We clearly can’t trust a word she says.

Coun­cil­lor McKenzie crit­i­cised Alan for stand­ing in the gen­eral elec­tion in last week’s let­ter, but I don’t re­mem­ber her say­ing any­thing when 15 SNP coun­cil­lors were elected to par­lia­ment at the 2015 gen­eral elec­tion, caus­ing 15 by- elec­tions.

Alan is car­ry­ing out his coun­cil du­ties as Coun­cil­lor McKenzie well knows. He at­tended the whole of last week’s coun­cil meet­ing. Coun­cil­lor McKenzie also knows that there are no coun­cil or com­mit­tee meet­ings be­tween now and polling day be­cause the coun­cil staff are too busy or­gan­is­ing the elec­tion.

Coun­cil­lor McKenzie’s let­ter was just part of an SNP smear cam­paign. They are clearly very wor­ried that Alan Reid will move from second place last time to first place this time. Cathy McInnes, Con­vener, Ar­gyll and Bute Lib­eral Democrats.

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