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Alison Simpson

Blog

  • Putting Division Aside (Isaac JM Jackson)
    Article: Apr 20, 2021
    By Alison Simpson in The Banffshire Journal

    As Liberal Democrats we know that people want to get their lives back. Nothing could make that harder than a row about an unclear future. As we struggle with an incompetent Brexit and a pandemic that has taken lives, damaged our children's schooling and devastated livelihoods, Nationalists - including the SNP - are busy fighting amongst themselves.

  • My amazing family. (Alison Simpson)
    Article: Apr 18, 2021
    By Alison Simpson

    I've lived here since 1987 - all my adult life.

    In 1997, I entered Community Economic Development and found my passion. In 2005, after a short spell working for the Moray Council, Set up my own business - and developed, planned and fundraised community and charity projects right across the North East. In each, I've worked with amazing people upon whose shoulders success ultimately rests.

  • Climate Emergency
    Article: Apr 4, 2021

    The world is on the brink of irreparable damage.

    Decisions made over the course of the next ten years - probably less - will either make or break our planet.

    The climate emergency is beyond dispute.

    2020 began with apocalyptic wildfires in Australia, declared amongst the "worst wildlife disasters in modern history".

  • mental health
    Article: Apr 4, 2021

    It's incredibly important we increase the number of clinicians in mental health - psychiatrists and psychologists - but there's another workforce that can make it easier to access help in communities.

    Mental Health Counsellors are able to tackle many of the lower level mental health issues that people experience. They can be trained quickly, which is why they can be so useful to the NHS as we put recovery first.

  • Alison Simpson at St Fergus
    Article: Feb 25, 2021

    Banffshire and Buchan Coast does not currently do well out of its elected parliamentary representatives . Whether one-trick Brexiteers or one-track Nationalists, these are, first and foremost, loyal footsoldiers of a Leadership whose concern is elsewhere, whether in the heartlands of England or Scotland's central belt.

  • Ballot Box
    Article: Jan 19, 2021
  • Article: Nov 18, 2020
    By Alison Simpson

    We face a crisis. Many, many, more of us are heading into old age, or caring for those who are. There's more to worry about than a few wrinkles…

    Folk who all their lives have worked and contributed (in the broadest sense) to our society deserve good choices when we become frail and vulnerable.

    COVID-19 has exposed weaknesses in the system - how we address both the need for strong support at home, and arrangements for respite and long term care.

  • Article: Oct 10, 2020

    Whether you have ever voted Liberal Democrat or not, most of us do. We live in a liberal democracy. To suggest there is no room for a genuinely liberal party poses worrying questions about where we are heading. Philosophy apart, there are urgent and relevant reasons why a strong Liberal Democrat presence in our politics is needed.

  • Alison Simpson
    Article: Sep 30, 2020
    By Alison Simpson

    I'm 57, from Golspie (just across the Moray Firth) and have lived here all my adult life, landing in Deskford at the age of 23. Home is now near Sandend. My daughter was born in Buckie and both kids went to school in Portsoy and Banff.
    Mark, my husband and I have been involved in lots of local activity over the years, from the out of school club to community drama.
    For most of this time I worked from home, but the last three years I've worked in Fraserburgh, and loved it.