New Scottish Secretary to visit Deeside

Alistair Carmichael at the Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall for the counting and declaration of results for the Election''0300hrs  approx 7/5/10

Alistair Carmichael at the Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall for the counting and declaration of results for the Election''0300hrs approx 7/5/10

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One of the UK’s newest Cabinet Ministers will be making a visit to Deeside to try and convince locals that Britain is ‘better together’.

The Right Honourable Alistair Carmichael MP, newly appointed as Secretary of State for Scotland, will join Army Lieutenant General Sir Peter Graham of the Better Together campaign at the annual dinner of the West Aberdeenshire Liberal Democrats.

The dinner is not just open to Lib Dems and anyone interested is encouraged to come along.

This year’s event is being held at the Banchory Lodge Hotel on Friday, November 15 and is open to anyone who wishes to hear the guest speakers.

Orkney and Shetland MP Mr Carmichael replaced fellow Liberal Democrat Michael Moore into the post of Scottish Secretary at the most recent cabinet reshuffle.

There was speculation that a reason for Carmichael’s appointment was that Westminster were looking for a ‘bruiser’ politician that would fight hard in the independence referendum.

Turning to a political career fairly late, Mr Carmichael was elected to represent Orkney and Shetland in the 2001 general election.

He was appointed Liberal Democrat Northern Ireland and Scotland Spokesman by Sir Menzies Campbell in July 2007,[5] but resigned in March 2008 in order to vote in favour of a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

He was reappointed to the position by Nick Clegg in October 2008.

Since September 2011 he has also served as Deputy Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, succeeding Jo Swinson.

Aberdeenshire-born Sir Peter Graham is the other speaker of the evening.

Brought up in Fyvie and educated at St Paul’s School in London and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Graham was commissioned into the Gordon Highlanders in 1956.

Before retiring in 1993, the military man had held many posts in the British Army including Commanding Officer of the 1st Bn of the Gordon Highlanders, Commander of the Ulster Defence Regiment and General Officer Commanding Scotland and Governor of Edinburgh Castle.

Tickets are £39 and are available from Thistle and Rose Ltd, 6 Dee Street, Banchory.