Monthly Archives: October 2017

The Boundary Commission have released their updated proposals for boundary changes for Westminster constituencies. The new proposal sees Dunfermline divided in two, with part of Dunfermline being placed in a new ‘Fife South’ constituency and part with ‘Clackmannanshire and Dunfermline’ consitituency. Liberal Democrat Councillor for Dunfermline South James Calder has expressed disappointment at the proposals.

Cllr. Calder has said,

These proposals seek to divide Dunfermline into two when the previous proposals would have seen all of Dunfermline and West Fife maintained in the same constituency. This is a concerning change of heart by the boundary commission, appears illogical and I am curious as to why they have come to this conclusion.

Due to this I have responded to the consultation as I firmly believe that the Dunfermline Community should remain united. I would urge anyone interested to make their views clear on this and also respond to the consultation.

In order to respond, you can follow this link.

Following the meeting of the Full Fife Council on the 5th October, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Councillor James Calder has expressed concern over the attitude of the SNP/Labour Fife Council Administration towards schools.

Councillor Calder has commented,

After the behaviour of Councillors in the SNP/Labour Administration in the last Full Council Meeting, I am concerned that they are out of touch with the reality in our classrooms. When I asked a question asking if  they would take action in reducing class sizes for P4-P7 after a shocking rise of over 50% for pupils in class sizes of over 30, I couldn’t quite believe the response.

The SNP Education Convenor stated that this was ‘normal’ and then dismissed the concerns of a teacher I spoke to who stated this often presented a nightmare, claiming that was just the views of one teacher. However I have had similar views articulated by a number of teachers. I would like to see some of these politicians handling classes of this size and I think teachers should be given more support.

Later in the Council meeting I was astonished to hear the SNP Council co-leader attacking opposition politicians for simply scrutinising the Council’s record in education. Claiming we were attacking education as a profession is of course nonsense – teachers are doing a great job despite the SNP.

Of course it is no surprise this attitude has been taken considering that this Administration’s political masters at Holyrood have consistently underfunded education and caused problems with their interventions over the years. We have seen Scotland slide down the Pisa International rankings. Incredibly the attitude of some of the SNP Councillors is rather than to try and fix this, they instead decided attack the credibility of these findings.

The Council Administration has to step up to the plate and take a positive attitude to fixing our educational problems, rather than trying to discredit opposition politicians who are simply holding them to account.