Davidson harbours North East ambitions

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SCOTTISH Conservative leadership contender Ruth Davidson MSP was on the campaign trail last week as her tour of Scottish constituencies reached the North East.

Ms Davidson visited several local businesses as she met with party members to build support for her leadership bid.

As well as stopping in Oldmeldrum, she visited Buckie, Aberdeen and Peterhead, where she was welcomed by Port Trust member and former Conservative candidate, Jimmy Buchan.

Speaking afterwards, Ms Davidson praised the “ambitious” work of those involved with the port. “It is fantastic to see so much work going on in Peterhead to increase business to the port”, she said. “During these tough times, the work that is going on here is an example to all of Scotland of what can be achieved by hard work and vision for the future.”

Ms Davidson expressed her wish to return the North East to the Conservative fold, and distanced herself from rival contender Murdo Fraser over the party’s future. “Our party needs real change to reconnect with people in Scotland and increase our electoral success in the future”, she said. “A change of name isn’t going to do it - we need a generational change and a new leader who can make the Conservatives a modern and relevant force in Scottish politics once again.”