Following the Brexit chaos in Westminster this week, the Scottish Liberal Democrats have selected John Waddell to contest their formerly held seat of West Aberdeenshire & Kincardine.
Scottish Liberal Democrats in the constituency, represented by Liberal Democrat Sir Robert Smith for 18 years until 2015, selected the former Banchory Academy pupil to contest the next General Election.
Upon being selected, John said: “I’m excited to be standing for my home constituency and especially one that has such a strong liberal tradition, having been represented by Liberal Democrats Sir Robert Smith in Westminster and Mike Rumbles MSP in Holyrood.
“Growing up in Banchory, at the heart of this constituency, I always saw how hard Liberal Democrats worked at all levels of governance to represent and advocate for their constituents, making a positive difference for our community.
“I will be a strong pro-UK and pro-EU voice - promoting the views of this constituency who rejected independence and rejected Brexit.
“As I have done in the recent past, I will advocate for better local mental health services, in particular for children and young people, for better transport links and work to protect the long-term security of our energy sector.”
Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for the North East, Mike Rumbles added: “John is extremely hard working and more than anything else cares about helping local people and our communities. We could not ask for a better representative for our area.
“This area has a strong tradition of voting Liberal Democrat, both Sir Robert Smith and I have held the seat in Westminster and the Scottish Parliament in recent years. Voters rejected the SNP at the last election for their divisive focus on the constitution and the Tories have since done nothing but pursue a damaging hard Brexit which the public didn’t vote for.
“We need to send a clear message to the SNP and the Tories that their squabble over narrow Scottish and UK nationalism will only create a bigger mess than the one we already have. It is time to get on with the day job.”