One of the people who has impressed me most over the past year, even when I don't agree with her, is the new Liberal Youth Scotland President Sophie Bridger. Persuasive, intelligent and articulate, 20 year old Sophie has shown really strong leadership skills within LYS and has made an excellent and constructive contribution to the Scottish party executive in just a few meetings. She's very likeable and has very cool head. I'd say that these are pretty much the exact qualities you need to fight a by-election for the Scottish Liberal Democrats in the current climate.
It's handy, then, that she's been selected as our candidate in the Inverclyde by-election. I think this is a job she'll do very well.
Welcoming her selection, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:
“I am delighted that Sophie has been chosen as our candidate for this important by-election and I congratulate her on this achievement.To help Sophie's campaign, please contact Jean Stewart on 01475 704735 or Simon Hutton on 07886 626380.
“Sophie is the right choice for Inverclyde. She is a rising star within the Party and I know that she will be a fresh new voice for Inverclyde at Westminster.
“Sophie has a brilliant track record, having given her time over to volunteering and working in a care home. It is time for a real change in Inverclyde and Sophie and the Scottish Liberal Democrats will make that change.
"Liberal Democrats have real solutions and voters here can put their faith in the younger generation to fight for Inverclyde.”