Local councillor and former MSP Robert Brown will be the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Rutherglen Constituency in the Scottish Parliament elections in May next year. He was the unanimous choice of members in a constituency-wide ballot.
Robert is also the Liberal Democrat lead candidate on the Glasgow Region List.
Robert Brown said:
“I am delighted to be given such a ringing endorsement by our local members – it is a huge privilege.
We have a great campaign in place and I believe there is a huge opportunity for Liberal Democrats in Rutherglen. We are seeing quite a number of people coming over to us from Labour as a result of their problems following the Labour leadership elections.
The failures of the SNP government in Edinburgh across many policy areas are increasingly recognised – on childcare levels, apprenticeships and College places and the growing GP and NHS crisis in particular. Scotland needs a strong Liberal voice as never before to tackle and halt the tide of centralisation under the SNP.
The Liberal Democrat MSP team in Edinburgh has been the most effective opposition to the SNP in a number of key areas. I hope to be part of a larger Liberal Democrat team next year.”
Constituency Convenor David Baillie commented that:
“There will be no candidate in this election more qualified to represent our area. Robert was a Rutherglen councillor for fifteen years before being elected as a founding member of the Scottish Parliament in 1999. He retained his position as a Glasgow List member until 2011. In addition, he had a period as a Depute Minister for Education and Young People.
Local people took the first available chance to re-elect him as a councillor in 2012. They recognised that they could have nobody better to represent them.”