Monday May 22nd 2017
Ross Laird is the Midlothian Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate in the 2017 General Election.
I’ve been living in Midlothian for ten years and like most people, have seen major changes. Some for the better; some for the worse. We now enjoy a direct rail link to Edinburgh and we have growth in our research parks, but Tory austerity has also taken its toll – food banks and low wages have sadly become the norm.
I believe in local campaigning – I’ve been fighting for better recognition of our local heritage and, having created a local cycle group, improving cycling provision. But it is the future of our young people that I care about the most. That’s why I have a long history of working for community centres and I am currently on the board of the YMCA-YWCA in Penicuik.
And it is the future of our young people that is at stake in this election. The Tories’ have opted for a hard Brexit, meaning an uncertain future for Midlothian’s young people.
Midlothian’ economy is reliant on our connections across the UK and Europe –from world class research at The Roslin Institute to funding and support for our colleges. Brexit will have a detrimental effect on them and the Midlothian economy. Instead, we want to build a positive future for our area.
Liberal Democrats are the only party that has consistently championed Britain’s membership of the European Union, because we believe that Britain’s best chance to succeed is within the EU.
Midlothian desperately needs investment and an MP standing up for people’s rights.
A vote for Lib Dems means:
– Better workers’ rights, like more paternity leave
– Investment in the NHS and education – neglected so long by the SNP
– Support for our businesses to create a strong local economy and support for mutual and cooperatives
– Greater protection of the freedoms we value
On June 8th, you have a choice – you can vote for the Tories or Labour, who are happy to let Brexit happen, or you can vote Lib Dem, to ensure your voice is heard.
Scotland and Midlothian did not vote in favour of Brexit, which is why we demand a vote on the final negotiated deal with Europe.
So please send a clear message on June 8th and don’t let the Tories get away with a hard Brexit.
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