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Cllr Peter Barrett

Peter is the Recruitment & Press Officer and Council Group Leader of Perth & Kinross Liberal Democrats. He is our Councillor for Ward 12 (Perth City Centre). He also leads the Scottish Liberal Democrat Group on COSLA (Convention Of Scottish Local Authorities).

Peter is also our Scottish Parliamentary Candidate for Perthshire North, as well as our second-placed Candidate on the Mid Scotland and Fife Regional List - after Willie Rennie.


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 Scottish Liberal Democrat Councillor on Perth and Kinross Council 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 our Council Group Leader. Peter also stood as a candidate for our area in the Scottish Parliament elections of 2007, and fought the Perth & North Perthshire Westminster constituency in 2010 and again in 2015. Previously, Peter was also 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.