On Saturday 27 January 2024, Minister of State for Security, Tom Tugendhat MP, joined Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party MP candidate, Luke Graham, in Perth and Kinross-shire district. During his day in the county, the Minister joined Mr Graham canvassing in the Scone area, prior to attending a meeting of local party representatives in Perth’s George Hotel.
Commenting on his productive visit to the area, Mr Tugendhat said: “It was great to see and hear about all the work Luke and local Conservatives are doing in Perth and Kinross-shire.” He continued: “Luke has a proven record, securing £10m from the UK Government for the new Perth Museum, when MP for Ochil and South Perthshire.”
During a Q&A session at the evening meeting, understandably, security was a hot topic. The Minister emphasised the need for national unity in the face of hostile global forces, but also the importance of ongoing, positive and open dialogue in every arena: “I very much hope that local people recognise a true local campaigner, who puts Perthshire first,” said Tugendhat.
Luke Graham, previously MP for Ochil and South Perthshire and aiming for election, said: “Some people were surprised to open their front door and find a Westminster-based Minister on their doorstep. However, this demonstrates the value of Scotland within the United Kingdom and that every concern, however small, is taken seriously by both myself and UK Government ministers.”
Earlier in the day, Mr Tugendhat joined Stephen Kerr MSP for Central Scotland (Region) 2021.