Liberal Democrats announce local council candidates
Rutherglen Constituency Liberal Democrats have announced their candidates for the May Council elections for the local area.
The candidates are –
- Rutherglen South: Councillor Robert Brown
- Rutherglen Central & North: Liz Keenan
- Cambuslang West: Norman Rae
- Cambuslang East: Ellen Bryson
- Blantyre: Stephen Reid
Sitting Councillor Robert Brown said:
“Liberal Democrats in South Lanarkshire will be contesting all 20 seats in the Council area for the first time ever. We go in to the elections with high hopes of gaining seats in South Lanarkshire, not least in Cambuslang and Rutherglen – following almost 30 gains across the country in recent months and a superb Parliamentary by election victory over the Tories before Christmas in Richmond Park.
We will be fighting the election on local issues – better housing, traffic safety, environmental issues and above all education. We want more community power for Rutherglen and Cambuslang. We want to open up the Council and make it more accessible and accountable to local people.
However we are also well aware that many people also look at the key national issues. Only the Liberal Democrats are campaigning to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom, and the UK in Europe. The SNP of course want to separate from the rest of the UK and the Tories have all lined up smartly behind Brexit – while Labour seems to have lost its direction and its purpose.
The Liberal Democrats offer an outward-looking, international and liberal vision, action on local issues, priority for education, community safety and housing, and opportunity for young people. This approach is badly needed in these uncertain days.”
- Robert Brown has been Liberal Democrat Councillor for Rutherglen South since 2012. He graduated with first class honours from Aberdeen University, served as Procurator Fiscal Depute in Dumbarton and was senior civil partner with a major Rutherglen and Glasgow legal firm. He was a Councillor for Rutherglen South and Fernhill wards for 15 years, then MSP for Glasgow for 12 years. He served as Deputy Minister for Education and Young People in the Labour/Liberal Democrat Coalition in the Scottish Parliament.
- Liz Keenan has lived much of her life in Rutherglen. She has had a varied career in sales, as a home help and has now returned to College to study social care. She has two grown up sons and a grandson. She has been Secretary of Overtoun Park Bowling Club, a mental health volunteer and involved in Croftfoot Action Group.
- Norman Rae is a native of Cambuslang, went to West Coats Primary School and Cathkin High School. This led on to a PhD in Geography at Glasgow University and a Master’s degree in librarianship at Strathclyde. He currently undertakes freelance writing/information work. He is a well-known member of Rutherglen Repertory Company, a former volunteer with Cambuslang Credit Union and was election agent for Rutherglen constituency at the recent Scottish elections. Norman is Secretary of Rutherglen Constituency Liberal Democrats.
- Ellen Bryson attended the then Rutherglen Academy and Cathkin High School. She graduated from Strathclyde University with a joint honours degree in Economic History and Geography and qualified as a teacher at Hamilton College of Education. She has taught at various schools, including a school in Malawi and later at Stonelaw High School (teaching geography, and travel and tourism) until 2014. She was chair of Halfmerke Primary School Board in East Kilbride. She is now a volunteer guide at the David Livingstone Centre and the National Museum of Country Life.
- Stephen Reid was brought up in Blantyre where he lives, and attended the former Blantyre High School before obtaining an HND in Business Administration from Anniesland College. He has worked in the civil service and as a customer sales representative. He contested the Blantyre council by election in 2015 when he increased the Liberal Democrat vote and has been active on community issues since then.