Robert Brown Lib­eral Democrats

Age: 68 Lives: Burn­side Oc­cu­pa­tional back­ground: Qual­i­fied so­lic­i­tor, cur­rent coun­cil­lor for Ruther­glen South ward. Po­lit­i­cal icon: Bobby Kennedy

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special -

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

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