Liam McArthur, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney, has kicked off his campaign for re-election to the Scottish Parliament with a flurry of activity ahead of the vote on 5th May.
On Thursday night (24th March), Mr McArthur formally launched his campaign with an adoption meeting in Burray, where Mr McArthur lives with his family. A packed gathering in Burray Community Hall heard from former MP, MSP and Deputy First Minister, Jim Wallace as well as from the candidate himself. The event, including a busy Q&A, was expertly chaired by Jack Norquoy.
Keeping up the momentum, Mr McArthur was then joined on Saturday by Orkney Liberal Democrat members and supporters at the opening of a ‘campaign hub’ on 65 Victoria Street. The office will be open Monday to Saturday between 10:30am and 3:30pm and anyone is welcome to pop in for a chat, ask questions or volunteer to help with the campaign.
Speaking at the launch of Liam McArthur’s campaign for re-election as Orkney’s MSP, his predecessor, Jim Wallace, said,
“It is a privilege to endorse someone who has served Orkney with such distinction over the last nine years. We know that we can’t take anything for granted, but Liam McArthur has a positive track record which demonstrates he is the strongest voice for Orkney. I am looking forward to joining him on doorsteps over the weeks ahead."
Following the meeting and office opening, Mr McArthur said:
"I have been overwhelmed by the positive response to my campaign so far. At both the launch event and the opening of our campaign office, there has been a real buzz. I am enormously grateful to all the supporters, volunteers and members of the public who have got involved or been in touch to give their support.
"This election will be close, but I will be pulling out all the stops. In the weeks ahead I will be speaking to people all over Orkney and the Victoria Street drop-in provides a great opportunity for people to pop in for a chat.
“It has been a genuine ‘flying start’ but I am determined to keep the momentum going right up to polling day on 5th May."