His­tory will judge us more kindly

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Reaction -

Coun­cil­lor Robert Brown be­lieves his­tory will judge the Lib Dem’s record in Gov­ern­ment more kindly than the elec­torate did.

The Lib Dems slipped into fifth place in Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West, fall­ing be­hind UKIP.

Can­di­date Tony Hughes had braced him­self for a poor re­turn, but Coun­cil­lor Brown be­lieves his party can re­cover and said: “On the one had you had David Cameron strik­ing up English na­tion­al­ism and on the other, the SNP do­ing the same with Scot­tish na­tion­al­ism.

“We’ve ended up with the worst of both worlds. A ma­jor­ity Con­ser­va­tive Gov­ern­ment and a pow­er­less group of SNP MP’s.

“Thurs­day went pretty much like how we ex­pected. We had a favourable re­sponse to our mes­sage but there was an is­sue with peo­ple try­ing to stop the SNP.

“I’m pretty con­fi­dent we will see a dif­fer­ent re­sult next year (in the Scot­tish elec­tion). This time, votes were lent to the Labour party.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing, but it re­flects the sit­u­a­tion we have been in with the coali­tion gov­ern­ment, which I think will re­flect bet­ter from a his­tor­i­cal per­spec­tive.

“We have achieved a lot, we helped to sta­bilise the econ­omy and with­out us it would not have been as fair.”

Coun­cil­lor Brown also said the re­sult showed the need­for pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion to be used in UK elec­tions and said his party was still best placed to re­form Bri­tain.

He said: “We have ar­gued for PR and it’s more rel­e­vant now than ever. In Scot­land, the SNP have all but three of the seats, and that’s not jus­ti­fied in their vote share.

“Broadly speak­ing, you have more than half the pop­u­la­tion who want to re­main in the UK and they are not be­ing rep­re­sented.

“Right now we will need to heal the di­vi­sions and we are best placed to do that.

“We have al­ways sup­ported a fed­eral UK, a more plu­ral­is­tic UK.”

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