Campaign to ‘keep Banchory in Deeside’

The campaign seeks to keep Banchory in Deeside under the changes
The campaign seeks to keep Banchory in Deeside under the changes

A campaign has been launched to keep Banchory within the Deeside and Gordon constituency for future Westminster elections.

Recommendations in the Boundary Commission Review for Scotland would incorporate the town within a new Kincardine and Angus East constituency.

Other Deeside communities including Aboyne, Ballater and Braemar would remain in the Gordon and Deeside area.

Scottish Conservative MSP for Aberdeenshire West, Alexander Burnett, has backed the case to ‘keep Banchory in Deeside’.

Mr Burnett said: “I think the vast majority of residents would agree that Banchory cannot be removed from Deeside.

“There are long historic links, not to mention similarities in terms of the issues facing the region. I think people in Banchory feel connected to those in neighbouring towns.”

He added: “I would urge anyone locally who feels strongly about this to support the campaign and make their voices heard.”

But the Liberal Democrats accused the Conservatives of “mock outrage”.

North East Scotland MSP Mike Rumbles said: “Locally, Tory representatives are trying to hoodwink people into believing the two Aberdeenshire constituencies will cross an imaginary historical divide, and nothing could be further from the truth.

“They are playing politics with communities to suit their own electoral ambitions.”

The proposed changes will be subject to consultation.