Perth and North Perthshire MP, Pete Wishart, has called on local Conservative politicians to ensure that their colleagues in Edinburgh do not thwart the bid for Perth to be the new home of the Stone of Destiny.
Following recent consensus between politicians locally and the publication of a joint statement from Conservative and SNP group leaders calling for the stone to come to Perth, Mr Wishart has insisted that Edinburgh based Conservative politicians do not attempt to block the bid.
Speaking today (Tuesday 12th March) Mr Wishart said:
“Securing the Stone of Destiny will be a vital part of the Perth City Hall regeneration and I want politicians from all parties to get behind the bid and not attempt to block it. It is ultimately a decision for the Commissioners of the Regalia but any attempt by Edinburgh Conservatives to thwart the Perth bid would go down very badly.
“In its current location, it is not a central attraction and the ability to see it comes with a considerable price tag. If it were rehoused in Perth, not only would it be given much more prominence, but I understand it would be free to visit.
“Having cultural attractions around Scotland helps to share the tourism spend right across the country, rather than simply centred in the capital alone. I would urge local Conservative politicians to secure the support of their colleagues across the country and campaign to have the Stone of Destiny housed in Perth City Hall.”