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Cllr Jane Ann Liston reciting a Scottish song

 

On Friday the 26th, the Dunfermline Liberal Democrats had their annual Burn’s supper in Limekilns, Gellet Hall.

Everyone enjoyed their haggis, neeps, and tatties, after listening to Bryan Little address the haggis. Others took turns reciting Scottish poems and songs as well. After the meal there was a raffle to help raise funds for campaigning. A great time was had by all and haste ye back!

 

 

The recent motion proposed by Liberal Democrat Councillor for Dunfermline South James Calder at the City of Dunfermline Area Committee to reduce speed limits on single carriageways to 30 mph passed unanimously earlier this week with one ammendment to bring a report on the implications of this to a future Committee meeting.

Councillor Calder has welcomed this, stating “I am delighted that Councillors have agreed to proceed onwards with this motion and I was happy to accept a sensible ammendment to it. We should hopefully see a report soon with the implications of making single carriageways in Dunfermline a maximum 30 mph speed limits.

“This will have obvious benefits in safety, especially as children have to cross some of these roads for school buses. We should also see environmental benefits and reduce noise pollution for residents who live along these roads. Finally this will show Dunfermline is leading the way in an era where urban areas are putting safety over speed first.”

James Calder

Story from Teresa Little

LibDem Councillor James Calder rescued 92-year-old John Gray when the Council stonewalled him, says his daughter, Teresa Little.

Cuts to council services meant that a mysterious ‘policy’ appeared. This strange policy forbade council officers to sign forms requesting proof of elderly pension recipients’ being still alive. John Gray was set to lose his French pension because the French Authorities would accept no other proof of his existence except that from his Local Authority, Fife Council.

At the last-minute James Calder stepped in, signed the form and obtained the appropriate stamp from officers. No Councillor has ever heard of the mysterious policy. So do officers make policy or should policy come only from elected councillors? James knows! Do you?

by James Calder

Christine Jardine making her speech

On the 29th July we had our Annual Summer Barbecue in Crossford, with this year newly elected Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine in attendance. The event was well attended, with myself acting as chef again.

The event provided a great opportunity for people in the party to chat in a friendly environment without the pressure of any upcoming election. We also had Councillors from past and present there, alongside Christine Jardine MP.

Tony Presented with his Quaich

Before Christine’s answer dinner speech, I presented to retired Dunfermline South Councillor Tony Martin a Quaich for 25 years long services as a Councillor. Having been my predecessor in Dunfermline South, it had been obvious to me for some time that he has been an excellent Councillor, and the local Party committee agreed with me and we clubbed together to get the Quaich. Tony gave a quick speech about his experience as a Councillor, but also passed on a message to me after. He said:

Thanks to everyone for the quaich presented to me yesterday. I am very grateful for the support I have received over the years from my close friends the are Dunfermline Liberal Democrats. I was proud to represent you as an elected member for what’s was for the most part 25 happy years. I was very touched. Thanks again and good luck in the future.

Afterwards Christine Jardine gave her speech. It was great to hear from a newly elected MP her experiences on campaigning but also on how she has found being an MP since being elected. Her insights of how the current Tory Government are performing (apparently as poor from the point of view of someone working at Westminster as it seems to be for the rest of us from afar) were especially interesting.

I would like to thank Christine Jardine for coming to be our speaker, everyone who helped with organising and most of all to everyone who came to help make it such as successful event. I look forward to next year.

 

By Aude Boubaker-Calder

Aude and James at Fife Pride

On this first of July, Kirkcaldy was the centre of the first celebration of its kind in Fife. Known as well as the Lang Toun , Kirkcaldy welcomed the first Pride event of the Kingdom.

Councillor Jame Calder and myself, Aude Boubaker-Calder, joined the festivities organised by a local LGTBQ+ activist group Fife Pride.  The festivities were kicking off a bit before 1pm where the parade strolled on the High Street where a lot of the Saturday and Payday shoppers stopped to see this coloured-rainbow assembly celebrating Love for everyone disregarding gender and beliefs.

The parade finished on “The Square” where a massive marquee was waiting the celebrants with food, drinks but also various animations and stands representing associations and businesses supporting the LGTBQ+ cause.

There was a wonderful turn out for a first time event with the hope from the organisers and the participants of a come back the next year!

Bryn Jones has been working for Local Residents

Bryn’s work on potholes

Bryn Jones, the Dunfermline Liberal Democrat Candidate for Dunfermline North, has been working hard to ensure the best environment for everyone. Some of the examples of his work include:

  • Bryn has been reporting graffiti and vandalism to the council across the ward.
  • In Kingseat, Bryn had a faulty light in the town park fixed after a resident contacted him.
  • On Townhill Road, Bryn has had pavement potholes repaired.
  • On Arthur Street and Tuke Street, Bryn has had all new dog fouling posters put up in the area, and is fighting litter.
  • On Torwood Place and Drummond Place Bryn had a street of faulty lights fixed as a priority.
  • On Whitefield Road Bryn has had potholes filled in.

If you want a Councillor who will put Dunfermline North first on the 4th May, give Bryn Jones your First Preference Vote.

Lauren Jones at Crossford Primary School

£3 million cuts coming to Fife Schools

Fife Council have put forward £3 million worth of education cuts, at a time when Scotland’s Schools have recorded their worst ever performance and schools are struggling to keep up with demand for places in an ever expanding Dunfermline.

The £3m cuts will result in larger class sizes which Liberal Democrats are warning will result in teachers having less time to spend with individual pupils. Dunfermline South Council Candidate Lauren Jones said, “These cuts are a direct result of the SNPs failure to properly fund education in Scotland, and we’re feeling the impact here in Dunfermline.”

Scotland’s scores for maths, reading and science all declined in the latest PISA figures. The Liberal Democrats propose a “Penny For Education” to stop the cuts. Lauren said: “As a mother and council candidate, it’s my ambition to see Scotland rise up the world rankings and be the best in the world.”

My speech in Parliament this afternoon opening for my party in opposition to a second referendum on Scottish independence. It was my second appearance in this debate as last week I ground to a halt mid way through a memorised speech just moments after news of the attack on Westminster had filtered into the chamber. It wasn't pretty and the SNP have taken great delight in using the footage against me. So this in part, is for them.

Posted by Alex Cole-Hamilton on Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Video above of Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton arguing against another Referendum

Today the SNP backed by the Greens passed a motion asking for another Independence Referendum, which the Scottish Liberal Democrats have opposed. The Scottish Liberal Democrats believed that not only was this divisive, but meant that important issues such as education and the economy were being ignored by the SNP Government.

Dunfermline South Candidate James Calder has argued,

This is not what Scotland or Fife needs right now. People have had enough of the SNP’s divisive obsession with independence and instead want to see them get on with the day job of Governing. What is worse is there is no mandate for this – the SNP do not have a majority and the Greens had promised they would only support a referendum if they had a petition asking for it with a million signatures – so far we see no sign of this!

I would rather see our public services be dealt with first. In Dunfermline we have a schools capacity crisis brought on as a direct result of SNP policy of under funding Councils. We have roads and pavements falling to bits. We have Mental Health services seriously underfunded. Let’s get on with fixing our country. We need local Councillors, MSPs and MPs who will get on with their day job instead of obsessing about independence.

James wants to see more public bins

James Calder has spoken to concerned residents in Dunfermline South about littering in the area. Despite some community initiatives to help clean up the area, too many people are making a mess and James is determined to do something about it.

James has said, “Just earlier today a resident showed me a nice natural area just south of Pitcorthie near the Golf Course that has had litter left all over it. While I call on the Council to clear it up, we shouldn’t have to solve it that way.”

“Instead I want to see a carrot and stick approach to deal with this. More public bins will encourage people to deal with litter themselves, and better policing including through litter wardens will discourage people by using the threat of fines.”

James Calder and Willie Rennie want public services, not independence, put first

This morning Nicola Sturgeon announced she will seek a Section 30 order to grant her yet another independence referendum after the Scottish public decisively rejected this less than 3 years ago. The Scottish Liberal Democrats are opposed to this and want to see the SNP get on with the day job of governing.

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has said,

No independence referendum, either at Westminster or in the Scottish Parliament – that’s the view of the Liberal Democrats. You’re asking me to go against what I believe. I believe that we shouldn’t have another one because it’s divisive. I would vote against the Conservatives at every possible opportunity just like I’d vote against another independence referendum.

Local Liberal Democrat prospective Council Candidate for Dunfermline South James Calder has added,

Nicola Sturgeon continues to ignore the wishes of the Scottish people here. Not only this, but the SNP have spent their time fixated on the damaging spectre of independence just like the Tories obsess about a damaging hard Brexit. The Scottish Liberal Democrats not only will fight this but put our public services first. I can categorically say now that a vote for myself and my Liberal Democrat colleagues locally first will be a vote for a Councillor who will make local communities the priority, rather than being another SNP cheerleader for independence.