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Clockwise from top left: Keith Cockburn (Conservative), Daniel Fraser (Scottish Libertarian), Stefan Garbowski (Reform UK), Owen Thompson (SNP), Kirsty McNeill (Scottish Labour) and Ross Laird (Scottish Liberal Democrats).<\/p>\n
Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp<\/b>


Candidates fighting to represent Midlothian at Westminster following next month\u2019s general election will face each other at a public hustings this week.<\/p>\n

The cost of living crisis, immigration and education are all expected to be high on the agenda as the nominees are quizzed by members of the public at the event in Dalkeith on Thursday evening.<\/p>\n

Midlothian has been represented by Owen Thompson, SNP, since he won back his seat in 2019 after losing it by a narrow margin two years earlier to Scottish Labour\u2019s Danielle Rowley.<\/p>\n

Mr Thompson is standing for his party again at the July 4 election hoping voted will return him to the House of Commons.<\/p>\n

Originally from Loanhead, Owen served as a councillor in Midlothian for ten years, the last two as council leader, before he was first elected as the county\u2019s MP in 2015.<\/p>\n

He is a vocal supporter of independence and says his campaign is based on standing up for the people of Midlothian during the cost of living crisis caused by the \u2018abject failure\u2019 of the UK Conservative Government.<\/p>\n

Speaking as he launched his campaign, he said: \u201cThe people of Scotland deserve better than the indifference shown by unionist parties. This upcoming election is a pivotal moment for Scotland to choose independence, reject the years of Brexit-induced hardship, austerity, and economic chaos, and ensure that our priorities are no longer sidelined.\u201d<\/p>\n

\u201cI will be focusing on investing in education, mental health support, and creating opportunities that empower our youth to thrive.\u201d<\/p>\n

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