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Stirling candidates react to former PM’s election visit

local candidates react to the former UK prime minister visiting Stirling

Parliamentary candidates in Stirling have reacted to Theresa May’s visit to Stirling as part of Conservative MP Stephen Kerr’s re-election campaign.

Earlier this week, former Prime Minister Theresa May was in Stirling assisting the local Stirling Conservative Party association with their campaigning to get the Conservative candidate ,Stephen Kerr  re-elected as MP for Stirling.

During her visit, May took selfie’s with pupils from Dunblane High and also went on a door -knocking session meeting local residents and visiting the conservative campaign headquarters in Gladstone Place.

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Credit: Stirling Conservative association

Stephen Kerr said “We had a great day and it was a privilege to welcome Theresa back to Stirling. There were so many people that wanted to speak to her and get a photo. It was a very positive day and we are getting a great reaction from people.”

During her visit to the constituency,  Theresa May also took the opportunity to highlight Kerr’s work as an MP between 2017 and 2019 saying:

“I  really enjoyed spending the day in these  lovely areas,  meeting so many people and supporting Stephen. In just two and half years Stephen has gained a reputation as a very hardworking MP both across the constituency and in Westminster. He certainly never wasted an opportunity to fight Stirling’s corner and helped make sure that Scotland’s voice was heard loud and clear.”

The Liberal Democrat candidate for Stirling Fayzhan Rehman said he “welcomed reasoned and civilised debate”  but added “only the Scottish Liberal Democrats that actual represents the majority view of Stirling’s constituents on Brexit and Indyref2.”

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Credit: Stirling and Clackmannanshire Liberal Democrats

Reham argues that “Brexit will make Stirling poorer,” and that Scottish independence is “even more significantly damaging not only to Stirling residents economic prosperity, but also to our social fabric.

Commenting on the visit , the Scottish Green’s candidate for Stirling Bryan Quinn said “Theresa May is expert at taking slim majorities and throwing them away as demonstrated in 2017. If I were Mr Kerr I would have kept her well away from the 148 vote majority he is defending in Stirling. ”

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Credit:Scottish Greens

Quinn also argued that the current Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party Boris Johnson has “made a mess of brexit” and  “The Tories are so ashamed of Boris Johnson that they will not put him on any leaflets or have him come up to speak to people on the doorsteps in Stirling or anywhere else in Scotland.”

Alyn Smith, the SNP candidate for Stirling and Mary-Kate Ross , the Scottish Labour candidate for Stirling have been approached for comment.

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