Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP today visited Deanston Distillery in Doune to launch the Scottish Conservative European election campaign.
Alongside her Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Dean Lockhart and the Scottish Conservative candidates for the upcoming European Parliament election, Ms Davidson urged Scots to move on from constitutional debates.
Ms Davidson and Mr Lockhart were also given a brief tour of the distillery, which is a crucial part of the local economy and attracts visitors from around the world.
Ms Davidson said a vote for her party would "respect the result of referendums", pledging "to honour the voices of millions of people who told us Scotland should stay in the UK, and that the UK should leave the EU".
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said:
“It was a pleasure to launch the Scottish Conservative campaign for the European elections on 23rd May here at Deanston alongside our great candidates.
‘’A vote for the Scottish Conservatives at this election will be a vote to respect the result of referendums.
“To honour the voices of millions of people who told us Scotland should stay in the UK, and that the UK should leave the EU.
“Nicola Sturgeon wants to use these elections to selfishly push her own case for separation.
“Another independence referendum would reopen old wounds and plunge Scotland into another period of division and uncertainty.
“It’s time to move on – and only a vote for the Scottish Conservatives can ensure we do exactly that.”
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
‘’Scotch whisky is renowned around the world and is one of Scotland’s largest exports.
‘’The Stirling area is home to two fantastic distilleries, here at Deanston and also Glengoyne, which are both going from strength to strength.
‘’It was great to join Ruth in the region I represent, and help to launch the Scottish Conservative campaign for the European Parliament elections.
‘’The choice for voters in Stirling is clear.
‘’A vote for the SNP will only embolden those pushing Scotland towards independence, whilst a vote for the Scottish Conservatives will keep Scotland in the UK as we leave the European Union.’’