Perth and Kinross Conservatives have unveiled their largest ever field of candidates for the forthcoming local Council elections.
The local Tories will field 22 candidates across 12 wards in Perth and Kinross – the highest number since the voting system was changed nearly two decades ago.
It is also the most diverse group the party has fielded, with two prominent members of Perthshire’s minority ethnic community, Andy Chan and Aziz Rehman. The party currently holds 17 out of 40 seats on the Council and is looking to make gains at the ballot on May 5th.
Commenting, Councillor John Duff, the group elect leader of the Perth and Kinross Conservatives, said: “This is the largest field of candidates we have run for a local election since the current voting system was introduced. It is also our most diverse group ever, with two prominent members of the minority ethnic community locally.
“We have a real blend of experience and freshness, with 11 sitting councillors seeking re-election hoping to be joined by 11 new faces.”
Councillor Duff continued: “We have candidates from a range of ages and backgrounds, people with experience in business and in farming, and others with a record of public service. All are deeply embedded in local communities and committed to working hard for their area.
“As a minority administration in Perth and Kinross Council, the Conservative group has achieved a great deal, driving forward infrastructure improvements, tackling road repairs, protecting local services, all whilst keeping the Council Tax at affordable levels. We are set to add to our numbers in Perth and Kinross to continue this work over the next five years”.