Rixson is Lib Dems’ pick to fight Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch seat

Denis Rixson is a Lib Dems councillor who currently represents Caol and Mallaig on The Highland Council. NO F48 Denis Rixson
Denis Rixson is a Lib Dems councillor who currently represents Caol and Mallaig on The Highland Council. NO F48 Denis Rixson

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Liberal Democrats have selected Caol and Mallaig councillor Denis Rixson to fight the Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch seat at the Scottish Parliament elections in May next year.

The party confirmed Mr Rixson, who sits on Highland Council’s Climate Change Panel, on Friday and says he will work in partnership to build a ‘green and fair recovery from the pandemic’ but also stand up to the SNP’s ‘relentless drive towards centralism’.

Before winning his Highland Council seat from the SNP in the 2018 by-election, Mr Rixson was a school teacher in the Highlands for more than 30 years and owned  Mallaig Bookshop.

Councillor Rixson said he was delighted and honoured to be selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the constituency, currently held by the SNP’s Kate Forbes.

Skye and Lochaber MSP Kate Forbes is concerned about new mortgage debt figures for her constituency.NO F50 Kate Forbes in parliament
Kate Forbes , the current MSP for the Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency.
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‘The Highlands have a proud Liberal history and I am privileged to continue that tradition. There are political views other than those currently entrenched at Westminster and Holyrood and I want to promote the importance of liberalism amidst our current divisions,’ he told the Lochaber Times.

‘With the coronavirus crisis exposing local people to financial hardship, politicians must address the inequalities in our communities and ensure no-one is left behind.

‘From the challenges facing our tourism industry to the underinvestment in affordable homes and transport infrastructure, people need action. These issues will never be addressed by SNP’s relentless drive towards centralism,’ he said.

‘I am determined to listen and work in partnership to win on the issues that matter. Liberal Democrats will build a green and fair recovery from the pandemic and ensure everyone in the Highlands has the opportunity to get on in life.’

Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie added: ‘With our party’s deep roots in the Highlands and Denis’ experience and local record, we are offering people the opportunity for a new future by doing things better.

‘With the contest amounting to a two-horse race between the Liberal Democrats and the SNP, only a vote for Denis can stop the SNP here and reject another divisive independence referendum.’

 

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Denis Rixson is a Lib Dems councillor who currently represents Caol and Mallaig on The Highland Council.

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