MOMENTS after the SNP announced Councillor Drew Hendry as their General Election candidate for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg gave an interview to local newspaper, The Inverness Courier, announcing a £300 million ‘city deal’ to save his Liberal Democrat colleague from wipe-out.
Lib Dem and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has held the Highland seat for ten years and faces tough competition from the Nats; who are set to sweep all but four seats in the May election. Bookies have Hendry as their favourite to win the seat, despite Alexander defending a 8,765 vote majority. Opinion polls have recently shown indications that the SNP will make considerable gains in May, with support for the Lib Dems dropping by the day.
The deal is said to kick-start the local economy by promoting tourism to areas such as Loch Ness, however Councillor Hendry, leader of the Highland Council, remarked that it was simply “a desperate ploy [by the Liberals] to try and reverse their collapse in support”.
Nessie was unavailable to comment on the matter but is reported to have been disgruntled by the proposals, having told a local “I prefer a quiet life.”.
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