A call to moderate voters who are opposed both to independence and to a so called “hard Brexit” to back the Liberal Democrats at the General Election has come from Councillor Robert Brown, Liberal Democrat candidate for Rutherglen & Hamilton West seat 2017.
Robert Brown said that recent elections showed there was a strong majority in the constituency against independence and in favour of Europe – only the Liberal Democrats represented that majority and could unite both the constituency and the country.
Robert Brown said:
“Scotland badly needs the outward-looking, international approach of the Liberal Democrats, based on strong partnerships within the United Kingdom, the European Union, the Commonwealth and NATO. It is in our interests both to stay in the United Kingdom and to stop a hard Brexit.
The SNP want to break up Britain and the Conservatives are bent on breaking up Europe. The SNP and the Conservatives need each other – they are each other’s bogeymen. Our country needs neither of them!
The biggest threat to the United Kingdom comes from the Conservatives. The obsession of their fanatics with Europe gave us an unwanted referendum – the failure of that referendum gave Nicola Sturgeon an excuse to re-open the independence argument. In addition, they have misused the very narrow public majority for leaving the European Union to land us with a hard Brexit, falling out with our European friends along the line, and landing us with a potential exit bill of £60 billion even before we begin.
The Conservatives are a menace both to the unity of the United Kingdom and to our European future.
Only the Liberal Democrats stand four-square against independence and against a hard Brexit.”
30th April 2017
Local Liberal Democrats go into the final week of the Council election campaign challenging for a seat in 3 local wards. Councillor Robert Brown aims to be re-elected in Rutherglen South while the Party is fighting hard to elect Dr. Norman Rae in Cambuslang West and Liz Keenan in Rutherglen Central and North.
Local Liberal Democrats rounded off the campaign with street stalls in Rutherglen and Cambuslang on Saturday, further leaflets across the area and a major weekend of activity contacting voters on the doorstep.
Robert Brown said:
“The Liberal Democrat record of local action has chimed with a lot of people. Everyone knows that Labour have lost their way while the Tories have not won in this area in 40 years.
This is the most intensive campaign we have run for some time but it seems to be paying off for us. We have talked to literally thousands of local people.
The choice locally is clearly between a Liberal Democrat Councillor standing up for Rutherglen and Cambuslang or an SNP Councillor chasing another independence referendum. I also detect a strong sense that people are fed up with the mess caused by Theresa May’s Brexit. The Liberal Democrats’ clear support for staying in the UK and staying in Europe is also a winner with the public.
Now we want a mandate from local people to make a difference on the local issues that matter to them.”
5 Manifesto Bullet points
Liberal Democrats want the Council to be a powerhouse for the community, with a “can do – will do” attitude, supporting high class education and sensitive care for older people, backing local town centres and the local economy, and delivering first class services for Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
• Safe Streets – tackling traffic danger hotspots and parking congestion
• Action on older Council houses – roughcast, roofs, paintwork, environment
• Action Plan for revival of Cambuslang and Rutherglen Town centres – with a dynamic professional to lead it
• Opening up the Council for local people – more power for Area Committees, better consultation on major projects, more accountability by Council administration
• Campaigning for mental health and wellbeing – making mental health