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Cllr Peter Barrett

Peter is the Perth and Kinross Liberal Democrats Council Group Leader and Recruitment & Press Officer, as well as our Councillor for Ward 12 (Perth City Centre).

He is also our UK General Election Candidate for Perth & North Perthshire.


Contact Details

Address: 16 Corsiehill Road, Perth PH2 7BZ

Phone: 01738 475090 (Council) / 01738 571527 (Home)

Email: peterbarrett@perthlibdems.org.uk

Council Details


  • Housing and Health Committee
  • Strategic Policy and Resources Committee
  • Perth Common Good Fund

Representation on External Bodies

  • CoSLA


  • Affordable Housing Member/Officer Working Group
  • Equality and Diversity Member/Officer Working Group


Peter has been a Perth and Kinross Councillor for over a decade, since his election in 2003 when he won his seat from third place, beating the Conservatives and leapfrogging the SNP. He was re-elected in 2007 and then again in 2012, when he became the Local Party Leader. Peter also stood as a candidate for our area in the Scottish Parliament elections in 2003 and 2007 and fought the Perth and North Perthshire constituency at the Westminster election in 2010. He has also been a National Campaigns Manager with the Scottish Liberal Democrats and was a winner again as Agent in Willie Rennie's by-election triumph in Dunfermline. Peter champions the causes of care for the elderly, action on homelessness, and affordable housing, as a former Convenor of Housing and Health. He has fought numerous high profile campaigns with the active support of Perth residents to preserve and enhance the stature of the city:

>Championed Perth's successful bid to achieve Fairtrade status.

>Fought successfully to preserve the amenity of Tay Street.

>In the vanguard of the "Stop the Incinerator" campaign against the Shore Road waste to energy plant.

Peter has a passion for the Fair City of Perth and for Perthshire and works hard to improve the quality of life for all; he has been a regular shopper at the Farmers' Market since it started, is a Friend of Perth Festival of the Arts, a Horsecross regular and a member of Perth Burns Club, and a familiar figure at local events. He lives in Perth, with his wife Liz who runs her own business. They have two sons, one studying at university and the other at college. Before working in politics, Peter was a manager with a national builder's merchant working in Edinburgh, London, Dundee and the Borders. He is an elder at St. Matthew's Church on Tay Street, where he edits the monthly magazine and founded the Men's Group. Peter's hobbies include hill-walking, crosswords, sailing and cycling, and he can often be seen on his bike between home and Council duties.