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Liberal Democrats Announce Candidates for Local Elections

Liberal Democrat Candidates Barry McMahon (Highland Ward) and Claire McLaren (Strathtay Ward)

The Liberal Democrats have announced the two candidates who will stand in Highland Perthshire, when residents go to the polls on the 5th of May 2022.

Claire McLaren will stand in the Strathtay Ward, with Barry McMahon representing the party in the highly contested Highland Ward.

Mrs McLaren was brought up close to Murthly and attended Glendelvine Primary School, before remaining in Perthshire and bringing up three children.

She has been involved in property management and has also run a retail business. Claire’s interests include curling having served as the President of the ladies’ branch of Scottish Curling. More recently she has been appointed as agriculture spokesperson for the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

Mrs McLaren speaking on what it would mean to represent the Strathtay Ward on the Perth and Kinross Council said: “I am delighted to be representing the Scottish Liberal Democrats in Strathtay Ward.

“I was brought on a dairy farm near Murthly, the area and its future are close to my heart. To represent Strathtay Ward on the Perth and Kinross council would be a great honour indeed.”

Standing for the Liberal Democrats in the Highland Ward will be Barry McMahon a retired aerospace manager, who has been an active participant in promoting the party since his retirement in 2019.

Despite working in England for most of his career Mr McMahon has roots in Scotland and Ireland and since retiring has returned to the area, where he enjoys walking in the area around Pitlochry with his wife and cycling from there to Killiecrankie.  

Mr McMahon speaking about his candidacy said: “I hope to get the chance to help the people of the highland ward with the problems affecting their lives, such as the cost of living and health and education.”

The Local Elections will take place on the 5th of May and residents who are registered will already have begun receiving their poll cards. The deadline to register to vote in person in Monday the 18th of April, while the Postal Vote deadline is at 5pm on Tuesday the 19th of April.

To register to vote in person visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and to register for a postal vote visit https://www.mygov.scot/apply-postal-vote

The votes will be counted on the 6th of May with Candidates announced on the day or shortly after.

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