Lib Dems select their candidate

Friday December 4th 2020


AC May, Liberal Democrat Candidate, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Following a poll of members in the constituency, freelance IT consultant AC May has been selected as the Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for the Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale seat in 2021.

Originally from Inverclyde, AC is a graduate of the University of St Andrews and the University of Glasgow. Much of his career has been in Scotland’s central belt, having lived in the Lothians for the past 25 years.

Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale, AC May, said:

“I wasn’t born here, but I’ve come here to do a job, and do it to the best of my ability.

“I intend to represent you the only way I know how – by working tirelessly with a keen eye on the future to ensure that there is investment and improvement in education, employment opportunities and business growth. I will stand up for better funded healthcare and demand that money is directed towards care homes, mental health and wellbeing to bring these up to the standards we all deserve. To do this will need a strong economy and the Scottish Liberal Democrats have the policies to drive the economy forward to bring this about. A vote for me is a vote of confidence for a more secure future for you and your families.

“It’s time for a change. The area needs someone who will heed the concerns of constituents, and voice these strongly in parliament, not just another person sitting in Holyrood applauding every word of the First Minister.

“Prior to the boundary changes, the Scottish Liberal Democrats had a long record of success here, and it’s high-time for a return to rational, clear thinking on the issues that matter locally and nationally.

“Our high streets and town centres – the beating heart of our communities – need urgent help. This was apparent before the pandemic, but even more so now. Online commerce can bring tremendous benefits, and is here to stay. Many businesses have transformed to the new normal, but many others have struggled. We need to focus on how growing online spend can coexist with a vibrant local economy, and work to restore community feeling.

“Issues like these, which affect us in our daily lives, are being pushed down the priority list. In daily media and the world of PR spin, we’re subjected to a confrontational power struggle being played- out between Holyrood and Westminster, while the rest of us would prefer to focus on better public services and raising standards in our schools and hospitals.

“I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the campaign. By their own admission, a divided Tory party has mishandled Brexit, driving Scottish voters in desperation towards nationalism, while the opportunist and populist SNP seeks to compound the disaster of Brexit by withdrawing from the UK completely. I’ve yet to see any economic projection or joined-up plan that gives credibility to that. If they think they can pull the wool over our eyes with their rhetoric and misty-eyed dreams, they’re sadly mistaken.

“A vote for me is a vote for progress through strong partnerships within Scotland, across the UK and with our European neighbours, so that together we can recover from the COVID crisis and move beyond the politics of division. In May 2021 vote AC May, vote Scottish Liberal Democrat, make a positive vote for your future.”

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