On Friday, the Scottish Conservative Party held their annual conference in Edinburgh, with support from the AECR.
Speaking at the event, Ian Duncan MEP said:
I am delighted to join fellow Conservatives here in Edinburgh for the Scottish Conservative conference.
With only 62 days until the Scottish Parliamentary elections, the party is gearing up for one of the most important elections in years. With Ruth Davidson at the helm, we are well placed to achieve the best return of Scottish Conservative MSPs since the Scottish Parliament was established in 1999.
It was also a pleasure to welcome Jan Zahradil MEP, President of the AECR to the event, and conference delegates very much enjoyed hearing his perspective on the reform agenda in the European Union.
Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson delivered a stirring keynote, in which she warned that Scottish independence remains very much on Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP agenda, who views the issue as “as a long war”. Toward challenging this, Ms Davidson explained why – next to the crippled Lib Dems and hopeless “Corbynitis” – the Conservatives are the viable and promising alternative to SNP dominance in Scotland:
If you want a strong opposition, an SNP that’s held to account, protection for your pay-packet, Scotland safe in the UK, and a country that’s open for business, then the Scottish Conservatives are for you.
On behalf of the wider European conservative family, AECR President Jan Zahradil offered a speech of encouragement and support:
We are your friends, and as such we are here to help you and support you! I am delighted that the AECR has been able to support this Conference for the second year running.