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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.”