Sir Robert Smith submits candidacy for Westminster

CANDIDATE: Sir Robert Smith, Liberal Democrat
CANDIDATE: Sir Robert Smith, Liberal Democrat
  • Parliament dissolved two weeks ago
  • Sir Robert Smith submitted nomination as Lib Dem candidate for WAK last week

Two weeks ago, parliament was dissolved, signalling the beginning of the general election campaign, which will last a further four weeks.

As part of this, all sitting MPs are no longer parliamentarians but are instead classed as candidates.

On Tuesday, April 1, Sir Robert Smith and election agent, Peter Bellarby, at Viewmount, Stonehaven, formally submitted his nomination as Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine.

Sir Robert has been in the seat since its creation in 1997.

Prior to his election he was an Aberdeenshire Councillor, Scottish Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson and Vice-Convener of the Grampian Joint Police Board between 1995-97.

He has twice served as a member of Aberdeen University Court.

Sir Robert helped launch the SDP in the North-east when the party was formed in 1981 and has been a Liberal Democrat since the merger of the SDP and Liberal Party in 1988.

According to a Liberal Democrat spokesperson: “Robert has a strong record of delivering for local people.”

His areas of political interest include energy policy, rural issues and international development.

He has been a member of the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee since it was created in 2009, acting as interim committee chair from June - November 2013.

He sat on the International Development Select Committee from 2007 to 2009.

He serves as honorary vice-president of Energy Action Scotland, a fuel poverty charity, and is a vice-chair of the All-Party Group for the UK Offshore Oil and Gas Industry.

He is vice-chair of the Post Offices APPG and co-chairs the APPG on Afghanistan.

Sir Robert represents a large rural constituency where the oil and gas industry, subsea engineering and marine renewables are major employers.

His previous portfolios include party Energy spokesperson, Deputy Chief Whip and shadowing the Scotland Office.

He has also served on the Trade & Industry Select Committee, Scottish Affairs Select Committee and the Procedure Committee.