Robert Brown Liberal Democrats
Age: 68 Lives: Burnside Occupational background: Qualified solicitor, current councillor for Rutherglen South ward. Political icon: Bobby Kennedy
Scotland badly needs a stronger liberal voice in our parliament – championing educational opportunities for our young people, offering a new deal for the health service, tackling climate change – making Scotland fit for the future.
Our team have now knocked on thousands of doors and got a good sense of local concerns. Many are worried at the threat of a further independence referendum – only 18 months after the Scottish people decided that our best interests lay as part of the United Kingdom.
Many others believe it is time to pass judgement on the SNP’s performance – the botched centralisation of the police, the crisis in GP numbers, the problems at the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the continued uncertainty over Rutherglen/Cambuslang GP Out of Hours service.
Scotland’s schools have slipped down the international rankings as councils have been forced to reduce teaching staff and salami slice support staff. Over 150,000 college places have been cut – that is why we have called for investment in education of £500m, paid for by a penny on income tax – reversing the SNP cuts and providing muchneeded investment in early years, schools and colleges.
We have called for investment in education of £500m, paid for by a penny on income tax