Liberal Democrats, Argyll and Bute
I was the local MP when the independence referendum took place and am opposed to another one. The first one gave a clear verdict against independence and there’s no point in doing it again.
As an MP, I saw at first hand how nothing got done during the run-up to the referendum and we can’t afford to spend another two years debating the same thing. Education standards in Scotland are slipping badly and the NHS needs more investment. We should be concentrating on these matters and forget about having another very divisive referendum.
We also need to spend time getting the right outcome for Scotland from the Brexit negotiations. Our exit from the EU should be as soft as possible. We should keep our membership of the customs union and the single market.
Farming and crofting in Argyll is a precarious existence even with payments from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy. When we leave the CAP, the Scottish Government should continue to make these payments, in the interests of both food security and maintaining the rural economy.
Farmers, fishermen and other businesses must keep the right to sell their produce into the EU without penalising tariffs.
Having finished in clear second place in 2015, I am well placed to overtake the SNP and regain the seat. My first act would be to tell the SNP that my re- election had demonstrated there is no desire in Argyll and Bute for another independence referendum.
I would also, as I did before, hold surgeries in every village.