Monthly Archives: May 2017

Today all of the Dunfermline General Election candidates united together in a show of solidarity to remember murdered former Labour MP Jo Cox. Liberal Democrat candidate James Calder joined with Douglas Chapman (SNP), Cara Hilton (Labour) and Belinda Hacking (Conservative) by visiting the new Museum and Art Gallery that has just opened to the public.

James Calder has said,

This showed an important message today- that no matter what some individuals may try to do, politicians from across the spectrum will unite to show we will not bow down to evil. Jo Cox was an MP who served her community and her murder was a tragic event. All of the candidates today showed though that we are united in wanting to make our community a better place and in honouring the memory of Jo.

Today’s event in Dunfermline mirrored other events around the UK to remember Jo Cox.

Today the Liberal Democrats launched their manifesto for the General Election. The manifesto offers the chance to Change Britain’s Future and offers a positive alternative to the Tories and their hard-Brexit agenda as well as Labour’s inability to oppose them.

Some of the pledges include:

  • To oppose the Conservatives’ hard-Brexit agenda by avoiding a disastrous Single Market exit and giving people, not politicians, the final say on the Brexit deal.
  • Opposing Scottish independence and instead delivering  stronger devolution powers.
  • Investing extra in our schools and NHS

James Calder, Scottish Liberal Democrat Candidate for Dunfermline has commented, “The Scottish Liberal Democrats are the only Party that offers an alternative to regressive nationalism. The SNP obsess about independence, the Tories pander to xenophobia and an economically damaging agenda, and Labour are nowhere to be seen! If you want a brighter future which is based on hope rather than using fear and xenophobia. then the Scottish Liberal Democrats are your best possible choice here in Dunfermline.”

The Dunfermline Liberal Democrats have announced that James Calder has been selected as the Scottish Liberal Democrat Candidare for Dunfermline and West Fife. James is the Councillor for Dunfermline South and has lived most of his life in the Constituency.

James Calder has said, “Dunfermline and West Fife deserve an MP who will put the local community first, rather than being another Cheerleader for Independence. I want to see improvements to our education and NHS as well as a positive approach to Brexit negotiations which allows Britain to retain Single Market access and gives tthe British people the final decision. I also oppose any attempt at another Independence Referendum in any circumstances.”

The General Election is on the 8th June.

After a hard fought campaign James is looking forward to working hard for the local community.

Councillor Calder has said,

It is a privilege to be given this opportunity by the people of Dunfermline South. I would like to thank everyone who has given me their support and I pledge to work as hard as possible to ensure that the local area’s voice is heard in the Council.

We have problems caused by the Capacity Crisis in our schools locally as well as roads and pavements that have deteriorated into a poor state. I hope to work with fellow Councillors from all Parties to try and tackle these issues which need to be dealt with.

It is also important for me to be an approachable Councillor, and to that end I welcome anyone contacting me regarding issues that they would like dealt with.