North East community champions attended a Burns supper at the Prime Minister’s official residence.
Each of the 13 Scottish Conservative MPs invited a local business or voluntary sector leader to dinner and entertainment at Number 10 on Monday.
Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid accompanied Score Engineering managing director Conrad Ritchie, while West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MP Andrew Bowie invited Louise Shankley from Macphie of Glenbervie.
Angus MP Kirstene Hair was accompanied by Frank’s Law campaigner Amanda Kopel, the widow of late Dundee United footballer Frank Kopel.
Mrs Kopel was recently awarded the British Empire Medal after her campaign for free personal care for those aged under-65, following a diagnosis of vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s for her husband when he was aged just 59.
Ms Hair said:
“Amanda has fought tirelessly to make her voice heard and secure free personal care for those who need it, regardless of their age.”
“I am delighted that her hard work and tireless campaigning has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.”
“She is proof that one person can make a difference when the cause is just and the time is right and I was delighted to show my appreciation to Amanda by inviting her along to Downing Street to the Prime Minister’s Burns Supper this year.”