Councillor Tony Martin (left) is backing James Calder (right)

Retiring Councillor Tony Martin is backing James Calder to put Dunfermline South First

With longstanding Dunfermline South Councillor Tony Martin retiring this year, he is backing James Calder to continue ensuring local people are put first.

James Calder lives and works locally and wants to continue the work of Tony Martin. Over the past couple of years, Tony has been mentoring him and feels James is ready to carry on his work locally.

Tony has said,

It has been a privilege and a great pleasure to be able to work for the people of Dunfermline South. Improving the area and keeping it well maintained has always been my priority and it has been great working with the Community.

I urge you to vote for James Calder. He is young, trustworthy, energetic and intelligent. I know he will work hard to continue carrying on the work I have started and to put the area first.

James Calder has added,

It has been great to learn the ropes from Tony, who has been a dedicated Councillor for many years now and has served Dunfermline South well. It is my hope that I can continue his good work locally and ensure residents will be my number one priority!

If elected I will be a Councillor who will put local residents first rather than being another SNP cheerleader for Independence. I will fight for dealing with the disastrous school capacity problems hitting Dunfermline, ensuring our roads and pavements are properly dealt with and that local people are listened to.

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.

Callum Hawthorne

As someone who has lived in this ward all their life, I am concerned as you are about its welfare and fruition. I’m only 29, but in my short life I’ve seen a lot of change in the area and I want to make sure any future change is for the better. That’s why I’m standing as the Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate in the upcoming local council elections on Thursday 4th May 2017.

Having spoken to people in the community and taking into account my own experience, I have drawn up a small list of issues I think need addressed:

  • Fighting for education (Fife Council have announced a dramatic £3 million cut to the education budget due to lack of funding from the Scottish government)
  • Lower rates and funding for small-business owners (We need to encourage local enterprise to keep our communities strong and vibrant, as well as generating employment)
  • Dog fouling, especially along Coastal Path (We have beautiful scenery right on our doorstep, but we shouldn’t be deprived of enjoying for want of watching where we tread)
  • Greater childcare provision (many young families are struggling on single-incomes because insufficient childcare support is holding back entry in the job market).
  • Further consultation on proposed new flight paths for Edinburgh Airport (I’m aware there is concern over noise pollution concerning Route-D which will fly directly over North Queensferry)

Thank you for taking the time to read this. By electing me you are choosing a candidate with a positive and vibrant vision for our community. If you wish to contact me with any queries, issues or new ideas for our ward please email me at columbareturns533@gmail.com.

Aude Boubaker-Calder will be a local champion

Aude Boubaker-Calder is the Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for West Fife and Coastal Villages. Aude wants to be a local champion and ensure that the local area is given the attention it deserves.

Aude has said,

Having lived in West Fife for a number of years now, my priority is ensuring the very best for local people and public services. I am fed up to see the SNP Government ignoring West Fife. Rather than focusing on Independence, they should be fixing our roads, our services and schools.

That is why I will focus my attention on improving our area. Our schools, roads, accessibility and public transport badly need investment, and if elected I pledge to fight for that.

Dunfermline South bad state streets

James Calder observing the bad state of the streets of the Dunfermline South ward

After years of inaction by the Labour Fife Council administration, James Calder is sharing the frustrations of local residents in Dunfermline South over the state of our roads and pavements.
James Calder has said,

Tony Martin has done a great job in battling to get some of our roads resurfaced, but despite this some areas are neglected.

Enough is enough! This is damaging cars, and is unsafe for elderly and disabled people. Too many people are injured and too many cars are damaged. I will push Fife Council into resolving this.

Aude Boubaker-Calder wants to see better bus services

Many villagers in West Fife would like to see improved bus connectivity in their area, and Lib Dem candidate Aude Boubaker-Calder is calling for this to be made a priority by Fife Council.

Aude has said,

Many people rely on public transport in the villages, especially the elderly. However all too often the services are infrequent or do not go to where people want.

I’d like to see Fife Council do more to ensure that bus services benefit everyone and are made a priority. After all, not only does this improve transport links but will make a better environment if less people take their cars.

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.”

James Calder wants to see the Queensferry Crossing Completed

It has been announced that there will be another delay to the Queensferry Crossing. Originally meant to be finished at the end of last year, then in May, it looks set to be delayed further. Local Dunfermline South Council Candidate James Calder has expressed suprise and concern at this development.

James Calder has said,

Last year the SNP Government were unable to explain why there was a 5 month delay to building the Queensferry Crossing caused by 25 days of bad weather, yet the same reasons are being made again. Naturally I understand the importance of ensuring the safety of Bridge workers first, but I want to see more transparency from the Government.

After the damaging closure of the Forth Road Bridge in the winter of 2015, it is imperative for Fifers that the new Bridge is put in place to avoid this happening again. We need answers from the Scottish Government on why this is taking so long and for how long they have known about this further delay.

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.

Willie Rennie

After a mere two and a half years, despite promises of the Referendum being a ‘once-in-generation’ event, the SNP and Greens are backing another divisive Independence Referendum. Willie Rennie and the Scottish Liberal Democrats are opposing this and instead is arguing in favour of a Federal solution.

During the debate in the Scottish Parliament today, Willie Rennie had argued the following:

I want to address the issue of this cast iron mandate. For the SNP their mandate for another referendum is based on the European Union. But now the SNP tell us they will not seek or guarantee membership of the European Union with their referendum.

They will use the EU to get a referendum even though their referendum won’t get the EU. And we know the reason why. They are cynically courting the one in three independence supporters who backed Brexit. So they will use pro Europeans to get a referendum but sell them out to win independence. It is low politics for narrow gain.

And then we have the Greens. It seems like from a different time but we recall their budget triumph where they secured funds that were going to be spent anyway and not a penny for the environment. Far from being a bold green budget it was a bland shade of beige. That was the first broken promise this year.

Now we have the verbal gymnastics of Patrick Harvie arguing that manifesto commitments don’t count anymore. What happened to this participative democracy? What happened to the million names of a petition? Where is the role of the people in deciding whether to have another referendum? Patrick Harvie’s idea of participative democracy is a few green members gathering on a wet Saturday afternoon in Perth to airbrush a manifesto commitment.

In just three months two manifesto commitments blown out of the water. The Scottish people will remember Patrick Harvie and his excuses.

Alex Salmond said the referendum in 2014 was a once in a lifetime opportunity. At the weekend he denied he ever said it. Despite it being on the record. We have it on YouTube. Then he denied he denied it despite that being on YouTube too. Then he dismissed the whole this as nonsense anyway. It was the fastest denial about a denial about a broken promise ever known.

‘How long is forever?’ said Alice. ‘Sometimes, just one second,’ said the White Rabbit. ‘Time is a relative concept, especially in Wonderland.’ Or, indeed, in Scotland.

The Liberal Democrats stated clearly in our manifesto that we would oppose another divisive independence referendum and that is exactly what we will do.

We have made great progress on reforming our United Kingdom. In just 20 years, we have created this Parliament, which is based on proportional representation and has been built on the foundations of human rights. It has gained more powers, including—most recently—powers over tax. We should be proud of what we have achieved together, through everybody in the Parliament working together.

I want to create a federal United Kingdom with power that is shared across the country, a written constitution, fair votes and an elected second chamber. Such reforms are on the way to making our United Kingdom even stronger. The campaign for independence undermines that chance and that momentum.

There is a positive case for the United Kingdom. The economic case for the UK is even stronger than it was in 2014, but it is not just about numbers on a spreadsheet; it is about the values that we share. It is about the compassion that has built some of the best charities in the world, such as Oxfam and Save the Children—British charities that are spreading compassion around the world. It is about the compassion that has built the second-biggest aid budget in the world—SNP members do not like that. It is about the compassion that has built one of the best health services in the world.