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Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Coun­cil­lor Robert Brown has been con­firmed as the Lib­eral Demo­crat can­di­date for Ruther­glen at next year’s Scot­tish elec­tions.

The for­mer MSP was the unan­i­mous choice of party mem­bers in a con­stituency-wide ballot.

Coun­cil­lor Brown, of Burn­side, is the lead Lib Dem can­di­date on the Glas­gow re­gional list. Cur­rently a mem­ber for the Ruther­glen South ward, Coun­cil­lor Brown was pre­vi­ously an MSP for Glas­gow be­tween 1999 and 2011.

Dur­ing that time, he served as Deputy Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Young Peo­ple in the Labour/Lib­eral Demo­crat coali­tion ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Coun­cil­lor Brown be­lieves his party can make in­roads, de­spite hav­ing fin­ished fifth at the gen­eral elec­tion in May.

He said: “I am de­lighted to be given such a ring­ing en­dorse­ment by our lo­cal mem­bers – it is a huge priv­i­lege. We have a great cam­paign in place and I be­lieve there is a huge op­por­tu­nity for Lib­eral Democrats in Ruther­glen. We are see­ing quite a num­ber of peo­ple com­ing over to us from Labour as a re­sult of their prob­lems fol­low­ing lead­er­ship elec­tions. The fail­ures of the SNP gov­ern­ment in Ed­in­burgh across many pol­icy ar­eas are in­creas­ingly recog­nised – on child­care lev­els, ap­pren­tice­ships and col­lege places and the grow­ing GP and NHS cri­sis. Scot­land needs a strong lib­eral voice as never be­fore to tackle and halt the tide of cen­tral­i­sa­tion un­der the SNP.

“The Lib­eral Demo­crat MSP team in Ed­in­burgh has been the most ef­fec­tive op­po­si­tion to the SNP in a num­ber of key ar­eas. I hope to be part of a larger Lib­eral Demo­crat team next year.”

Con­stituency Con­venor David Bail­lie added: “There will be no can­di­date in this elec­tion more qual­i­fied to rep­re­sent our area. Robert was a Ruther­glen coun­cil­lor for 15 years be­fore be­ing elected as a found­ing mem­ber of the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment in 1999. Lo­cal peo­ple took the first avail­able chance to re-elect him as a coun­cil­lor in 2012. They recog­nised they could have no­body bet­ter to rep­re­sent them.”

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