Tomorrow (Thursday 7th May) is Election Day and our candidates are Gillian Cole-Hamilton for the General Election and James Calder for the Dunfermline South Council By-Election.
Gillian and the Lib Dems nationally are fighting to take the lowest paid out of income tax completely, improve on our NHS and education as well as having a stronger Scottish Parliament in the UK.
James is campaigning on local issues and is putting local residents first, including improving road and pavement surfaces, dealing with litter problems, encouraging community sport and improving education provision.
James has commented, ‘Tomorrow is going to be one of the closest elections in years and I encourage everyone to come out and make their voice heard. The Lib Dems will provide a strong voice for people locally. If elected, my priority is to serve the local community.’
Polling opens at 7am on Thursday 7th May.
Workers across Scotland will benefit from a further £400 tax cut under Liberal Democrat plans to raise the Income Tax threshold to £12,500 in the next Parliament. The Lib Dems delivered on their top election pledge from 2010 to cut taxes for Scottish workers – to the tune of £800 a year – but now they want to go even further.
The Conservatives are trying to take credit for the tax cut but let’s not forget that they said it was unaffordable in the run up to the last election. The Lib Dems had their commitment to cut taxes for Scottish workers on the front page of their manifesto, and cutting taxes for those on low and middle incomes will be a top priority for them again.
The Scottish Liberal Democrats are leading the campaign for a stronger Scotland within the UK
The Scottish Liberal Democrats have a strong and proud record of delivering more powers to Scotland. They have led the fight every time more powers have been taken away from London and given to Scotland, and were instrumental in the formation of the Scottish Parliament.
The Liberal Democrats are now working to strengthen the Scottish Parliament further, with control of major taxes and a new £3 billion Scottish welfare system. The Scottish Parliament needs to be strengthened so that it can raise much more of the money it spends through new tax powers. That way Scotland can determined its own destiny on domestic issues while retaining the strength and security that comes with being part of the UK.
The Liberal Democrats in Westminster will work hard to ensure that David Cameron and Ed Miliband honour their pledge to Scotland, and secure the powerful change that Scotland needs.
Lib Dems only party with plan to fill NHS funding gap
The Lib Dems have committed to increase the money available for the Scottish health service by £800 million.
They are the only party to do so, as part of a fuly costed plan to give £8bn yo UK services. Both Labour and the Conservatives refuse to commit to the extra funding our NHS needs, despite leading doctors warning that it is essential.
Senior Lib Dems Charles Kennedy said, “We want to build a fairer society and that’s why we are committed to giving the NHS the funding it needs to cope with the future challenges of an increasing population and people living longer.”
A senior Conservaitvie has even admitted that NHS spending may have to be CUT under George Osborne’s plans to cut deeper and faster after the election.
Today the Scottish Liberal Democrats have unveiled a manifesto showing both the Party’s progress in Government and vision of the future. At a small gathering in South Queensferry, eschewing the pomp of other Parties, Willie Rennie, Jo Swinson and Mike Crockart unveiled the manifesto in a local business.
The Scottish Lib Dem Manifesto has prioritised making our country have a stronger economy in a fairer society, avoiding lurching too far to the left like Labour, or the right, like the Tories. It also promises to transfer more powers to Scotland without taking it too far like the SNP’s damaging policies, as well as providing free childcare for all two-years olds by 2020 and to fight climate change with five new green laws.
Willie Rennie, MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife, as well as Scottish Lib Dem leader, has commented, saying,
‘Liberal Democrats are driven by our ambition of creating opportunity for all. Our prospectus to the people of Scotland is proudly Liberal Democrat. Standing on the record of progress in government and vision of the future. In just five years we have got the economy back on track and done so fairly. We are now closer to our ambition of creating opportunity for everyone. But with wins for the Liberal Democrat in this election we can make it a decade of opportunity.’
‘With Liberal Democrats we can create opportunity for children by investing in education especially in the early years. With Liberal Democrats we can create opportunity for everyone by investing £800million in our NHS and bring mental health care to the fore. With Liberal Democrats we can create opportunity for workers by creating even more jobs and cutting their taxes too. With Liberal Democrats we can create opportunity for Scotland by delivering more powers to the Scottish Parliament.’
‘These are Liberal Democrat ambitions because they build a stronger economy and a fairer society, in a stronger Scotland. It is a positive offer to create a decade of opportunity for everyone in our country.’
You can read the Scottish Lib Dem Manifesto here.
Gillian’s background is working as a Primary School teacher and had also helped organise a convoy of educational aid to Kosovo while she was a student, asssisting Muslim children who were denied the right to education during the period of conflict there.
Gillian has declared ‘Having had a great history as a Liberal Democrat seat while Willie Rennie was the local MP, I am really excited to be standing for Dunfermline at the General Election. My priorities are to stand up for the people of Dunfermline and also to use my experience in education to campaign to make sure our children get the best teaching possible.’