Robert MacKen­zie

Con­ser­va­tive, Ross, Skye and Lochaber

The Oban Times - - Election Special -

This elec­tion comes at a crit­i­cally im­por­tant junc­ture in the his­tory of the United King­dom. We have voted to leave the Euro­pean Union and only the Con­ser­va­tives have the strength, com­mit­ment and re­solve to carry out the demo­cratic will of the peo­ple and act in the na­tional in­ter­est to get the best deal for the whole of the United King­dom.

We con­tinue to face the threat from the SNP of yet an­other di­vi­sive in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum and only the Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives have the back­bone to de­fend our pre­cious union with Eng­land, North­ern Ire­land and Wales.

In our home com­mu­ni­ties, the SNP is fail­ing our young peo­ple, with fall­ing lit­er­acy lev­els in our schools and longer wait­ing times in our hos­pi­tals. It con­stantly blames such prob­lems on West­min­ster and aus­ter­ity, while fail­ing to use the pow­ers it has at Holy­rood to raise rev­enue and al­lo­cate re­sources ef­fec­tively.

It is time to end the un­cer­tainty and elect a strong and sta­ble Con­ser­va­tive govern­ment that will con­tinue to strengthen our econ­omy, so that we can fi­nance the world- class schools, hos­pi­tals, so­cial care ser­vices, in­fra­struc­ture, de­fence forces and se­cu­rity ser­vices we all ex­pect, some­times take for granted, and too in­fre­quently take a mo­ment to cher­ish.

I am a lo­cal farmer who was born in Ding­wall and brought up on my fam­ily’s farm in Easter Ross. I be­lieve in fair­ness, free­dom of in­di­vid­ual choice, tol­er­ance, work­ing hard, speak­ing out against in­jus­tice and re­spect­ing the rule of law.

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