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Game designer's promise as Lib Dem candidate for new Strathspey constituency


By Niall Harkiss

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Game designer and leader of the Moray Liberal Democrats Neil Alexander has laid out his promise of being a 'hard worker who puts their community first' as a candidate for the new Moray West, Nairn & Strathspey constituency.

Moray West, Nairn & Strathspey candidate Neil Alexander.
Moray West, Nairn & Strathspey candidate Neil Alexander.

Mr Alexander, 29, a game designer based in Elgin who also plays rugby for Moray RFC, has campaigned locally on a range of issues, such as returning maternity services to Dr Gray's Hospital and calling for the introduction of sewage monitoring on the River Spey.

He has been advocating for better mental health support in Scotland, highlighting the importance of sport as a means of bringing people together to talk about their issues. He was appointed as national spokesperson for Sport & Culture for the Scottish Liberal Democrats in summer.

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The new Moray West, Nairn & Strathspey constituency has resulted in the previous Moray seat taking in former Liberal Democrat areas, including Nairn and Aviemore, which the Liberal Democrats are fighting hard to win back from the SNP.

The Moray Lib Dem leader said: “I am standing because I want to put the issues that matter to local people first.

“The Tories and the SNP are two-sides of the same divisive coin. But there is so much more that unites us than divides us, and we deserve an MP who can show that.

“Living in Elgin, I can see that the people living here, in the Moray Firth and in the Cairngorms have been taken for granted for far too long.

“Time and time again, Liberal Democrats are showing how we can be that voice of change. From healthcare to housing, our fantastic Highland councillors and campaign teams work tirelessly to represent the needs of local people. It’s what I do as a campaigner already, and it's why I want to be our next MP.”

This year Moray Council announced they would inspect every council home in Moray for dangerous RAAC concrete after Mr Alexander and local Liberal Democrats called for inspections to be carried out to ensure the safety of homes in the area.

This followed calls for rule changes to the Moray Council housing allocations after Mr Alexander raised the issue of domestic abuse victims struggling to find council housing, a policy which Moray Council recently announced they will now consult the public on.

Neil added: “What I campaign on is what you get when you vote Lib Dem - a hard worker who puts their community first, always.

“I’m proud of what we’ve achieved so far just from campaigning on the issues that matter. From Ardreseir to Aviemore, from Lossiemouth to Nairn - it’s time we got an MP who will put our community first, and not divide people based on one or two views.


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