Last night, Luke Graham, MP for Ochil and South Perthshire, and Pete Wishart, MP for Perth and North Perthshire, joined forces in parliament to lend their support for Perth’s 2021 City of Culture bid.
While speaking in the House of Commons Luke Graham noted no Scottish city had previously won a bid to be the UK City of Culture, and was keen to emphasise the impact a successful City of Culture bid could have on the area. Mr Graham later stated,
‘While it is the city of Perth itself which is bidding to become the City of Culture in 2021, it is Perthshire in its entirety which stand to benefit from a successful bid. Perth is a city with an extensive and engaged hinterland and, as the MP for the South Perthshire and Kinross-shire area, I intend to wholeheartedly support this bid to ensure all of Perthshire benefits from Perth’s status as the City of Culture.’
Pete Wishart was equally effusive in his support for the bid, highlighting the investment opportunities which would stem from the bid, emphasising the need to work with communities, creatives and businesses of all sizes in both Perth and its surrounding areas to ensure widespread engagement in the project to maximise the investment opportunities.
Finally, Mr Graham was keen to highlight the need for a bipartisan working relationship to help support the bid. Harking back to the closing section of his maiden speech last week Mr Graham noted,
‘Last week, I expressed my desire to ‘stretch my hand across the aisle for the good of our communities’. I am delighted to have been able to act upon that desire so soon and I look forward to working with Mr Wishart further on this project.’