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Richard
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20/07/2019 9:58 pm  

Campaign here for the Scottish Parliament and the Senate seats in Scotland.

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Roger Brigham
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23/07/2019 3:12 pm  

Conservative HPE Day 1 - Manifesto Launch

ROGER BRIGHAM

"Good morning Scotland,

It’s a pleasure for me to be here in Scotland supporting my good friends of the Scottish Conservative Party.

Scotland is at a crossroad, in the next following elections, the next elections will be decisive for our future, we have to choose if we want to remain as a part of the United Kingdom with prosperity or a region where mismanagement of the SNP and Labour rule, my option is clear, I want a stronger Scotland in a New United Kingdom and this only will happen with the support of the Conservative Party.

We can be proud of being the largest unionist party in the United Kingdom, we defend the union with democratic means, we support Devolution for all regions like Scotland, the new Scottish Parliament will have more powers thanks to a Devolution Bill that was constantly rejected and boycotted by Labour and LibDems, when LibDems call themselves unionist remember one thing, the Party that was ahead of the Better Together campaign despite Labour reject was the Conservative and Unionist Party, and the one that made more efforts for Devolution was the Conservative and Unionist Party, neither Labour nor LibDems, it’s time to punish them in polls.

In the other hand we have the biggest opponent, an SNP that is mismanaging Scotland, that is making people poorer now than 5 years ago, an SNP that put their secessionist agenda over the interests and needs of the Scottish people, we can’t have 5 more years of this total mess, they sent, they are wasting your Money with huge deficit, CONSERVATIVES WANT YOU TO MANAGE YOUR OWN MONEY, WHILE SNP PREFERS TO WASTE IT in their secessionist plans, we have to finish this situation.

That’s why today I’m here to support Ruth and Scottish Conservatives, because we can give change to the region, because we can get together the future we want. Ladies and gentleman, please welcome the next First Minister of Scotland, Ruth Davidson. Thank you!"

 

RUTH DAVIDSON

Thank you, Roger, thank you everybody,

5 years ago we voted for a new Parliament with new hopes, the SNP won again an absolute majority of the seats in the chamber, 5 years later, the situation has changed and it’s worst, SNP put their secessionist agenda over our interests, and Labour sold Scotland to get power in Downing Street thanks to a secret deal between the SNP-Labour, and after this, Labour treated Scottish people as second class citizens while they rejected Devolution for Scotland and accepted it for Wales, we must send them a message, Scottish people must be equally treated as English, Irish and Welsh because we are all equal citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, we must say No to the SNP and Labour.

My friends, we are here today to release our manifesto, a plan for a STRONG OPPOSITION FOR A STRONGER SCOTLAND, a plan to get the SNP to lose their majority and have a suit opposition that will face their mismanagement agenda, because Labour and LibDems are not a strong opposition for the SNP as they had and have many deals with them.

Our plan wants to end with SNP’s complete mess, they put Scotland ahead of poverty in the United Kingdom, our economy is struggling, and with it our people, we can’t tolerate it.

The SNP is punishing Scottish people as they are heavily taxing wealth creators, Scotland’s businesses have been shouldering an increasing burden of taxation over the last few years, with non-domestic rate income rising from around £1.8bn before the SNP took power to a projected £2.8bn this financial year. What the SNP is doing is making our people poorer as unemployment is rising.

Scotland has one of the biggest deficits of the Union, this means more debt and more budget dedicated to pay debt interests instead of basic services, this is what you have, you pay high taxes for low services. What’s doing the SNP with your Money? Throwing it to the sea, we have to put an end to this situation, Conservative plan includes reducing taxes for our wealth creators and low income classes, cutting wasteful spending like the one used to fund the secessionist agenda of the SNP and Labour.

You all know that currently terrorism is threating the UK and Scotland, now that Roger is here, and he is the Shadow Secretary of Home, I’d to introduce an issue that is concerning, the introduction of a centralized police service in Scotland is a significant failure of this Scottish Government, with local communities having lost their links to what used to be a local service, a situation that shouldn’t be allowed, the SNP is putting you in danger.

Another concerning issue is the management of the NHS here in Scotland, while Conservatives have a plan to increase NHS funding every year above inflation, the SNP is managing the NHS with a useless plan, at the end, they are putting your life at risk, we can’t tolerate it.

Scottish moderate Friends that voted 5 years ago for the SNP, I ask you to support now Scottish Conservatives, to put an end to this SNP’s mismanagement, to get your Money back and use it in an efficient way, we need a change of management in Edinburgh, we have seen what means SNP and Labour management, for the first time we have an opportunity for change under Conservatives, because we have a real plan for Scotland.

We must avoid the SNP to get an absolute majority in the Parliament, according to their words, SNP WANTS THE MAJORITY IN THE PARLIAMENT TO HOLD A 2ND REFERENDUM WITHOUT RESPECTING THE WILL OF THE SCOTTISH PEOPLE 2 YEARS AGO, a complete shame that must end, the vote for the Conservative Party is the best guarantee to defend the will of the Scottish People, rejecting a 2nd referendum, as we are the largest unionist party. Send a message to the SNP, no 2nd referendum, and to Labour, because if they can, they will sell the union to give a 2nd referendum in Exchange for remaining in power. Let’s punish them, let’s defend Scotland.

CONSERVATIVES HAVE EXPERIENCE MANAGING, IN THE UK WE HAD GOOD NUMBERS UNDER TORY GOVERNMENT, NOW SCOTLAND NEEDS TORIES TO REPAIR THE SNP MESS AND GUARANTEE THE UNION, SO WE ARE WAITING YOUR VOTE! Thank you so much!

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Roger Brigham
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23/07/2019 3:35 pm  

NPC and speech approved by Joshua. Manifesto below.

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Roger Brigham
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23/07/2019 4:01 pm  

Mainstreeting

Roger Brigham went canvassing throughout Dumfries and Galloway with Ruth Davidson and local Tory candidates, he spoke to them about a great number of issues concernint the region.

First Mr. Brigham was asked about a possible 2nd referendum, he answered:

“Our message in Scotland and Britain is clear, we believe that the Union must be defended through democratic means as we have been doing, the difference now is that the SNP is planning to get a majority in the Parliament to get a 2nd referendum thanks to their Labour friends in Downing Street, because of the secret deal they have. Our position is against a 2nd referendum, Scottish people decided in a referendum 2 year ago that they want to remain as a part of the United Kingdom, your voice has to be respected and the results applied with a new Parliament in Edinburgh. Accepting a 2nd referendum after 2 years of the 1st is an attack on democracy and on your right to vote. The SNP and Labour have one clear point in common, they don’t want to accept the will of the people of Dumfries and Galloway, moret han the 60% of you voted against independence, you sent a clear message to politicians, people like you, like Conservatives in Scotland, want to remain in the Union that the SNP and Labour want to put in danger with a second referendum, they want another because they don’t accept the will of the people when it goes against their interests. We accept it and we will protect your mandate. Let’s vote Conservative to prevent an SNP’s majority that would hold a second referendum.”

Mr. Brigham spoke about Devolution process asked by one voter:

“We Conservatives, have a great commitment with the Scottish people, when the referendum was held 2 years ago, main political parties in Westminster and the Government of the UK led by a Conservative, reached an agreement to start a devolution process if the vote was against independence in the referendum, this is what happened and Conservatives began the process, surprisingly, Labour and LibDems boycotted and rejected Devolution of new powers for Scotland while at the same time they accepted Devolution in Wales, you don’t have to be treated as second class citizens, we all have the same rights as citizens of the UK and we must send this message to Labour and Libdems, Dumfries and Galloway has to lead and change Labour and SNP MSP’s for Conservative MSP’s, with the main purpose to retorn respect for the Scottish people and be treated again as what you are, first class citizens.”

Finally, Mr. Brigham talked about Ruth Davidson, the Conservative candidate for First Minister,

“Ruth Davidson is a good friend of mine, I know her for such a long time. I know she will do an excellent job in the Scottish parliament, stopping SNP and Labour. There’s only one party in this campaign that spoke clear on the issue of defending the union, Conservatives are the largest Unionist Party and in regions like Dumfries and Galloway where independence was rejected with 60% of the votes, you should vote for Conservatives. Ruth is the candidates with the clearest message, she won’t support a second referendum because she believes your Voice should be respected and because she wants a Stronger Scotland in a New United Kingdom. For this reason is why I ask you to vote Ruth and continue our way to defend Scotland.”

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Roger Brigham
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23/07/2019 4:28 pm  

Mainstreeting

Roger Brigham went canvassing throughout West Scotland with Ruth Davidson and local Tory candidates, he spoke to them about a great number of issues concerning the region.

First Mr. Brigham was asked by a voter about the economic situation in Scotland, he answered:

“Unfortunately in Edinburgh we have a Government led by the SNP that doesn’t understand economy and the Scottish people,. During the last 5 years of a majority in the Scottish Parliament for the SNP, what they did has been to raise taxes for our wealth and job creators, punishing them for an activity that is essential for our welfare System, that is the creation of jobs, by punishing wealth creators you only will get high unemployment rates and less welfare.

We also know that Scotland is leading deficit rates all across the country, the huge deficit must be paid through new debt and more interests paid by public budget and your Money, that instead of being used to improve the services you receive, it’s used to pay the waste of Money SNP is doing.

5 years of the SNP have been destructive for Scotland’s economy and all of you, I know that in the past this region voted clearly for the SNP, but now I ask people like you that voted them to join us, because you should be respected and only Conservatives can stop this mismanagement, I ask you to vote for us and share our message”

 

Mr. Brigham spoke about healthcare asked by one voter:

“The truth in Scotland is that the SNP’s plans for income tax will make Scotland the highest taxed part of the United Kingdom, that’s a shame, at least if they want to tax us high, we should receive quality services, unfortunately this is not happening and mismanagement of the SNP let us with High Taxes that we can’t afford and low quality services. Our National Health System in Scotland is struggling, I know the situation as Shadow Secretary for Health, both Governments, the British and the Scottish should heavily invest in Scottish NHS to cover all the deficiencies provoked by the lack of action of the ruling party, the SNP here and Labour in Downing Street, unfortunately that’s not happening and we only receive high taxes in Exchange of poor services, that’s the true and SNP’s legacy.

We want to be the real Opposition to the SNP in a Parliament where they won’t have a majority, we have a real plan to reduce taxes and safe our healthcare and purchasing power by investing more quantitities in the NHS that are superior to the level inflation. We will do it possible with your help, lower taxes, good services, only with Conservatives."

 

Finally, Mr. Brigham talked about Ruth Davidson, the Conservative candidate for First Minister,

“Ruth Davidson is a person concerned about the current situation of our National Health System here in Scotland, from her years in the Parliament she is aware of all the mismanagement and lack of activity of SNP policies regarding NHS issues, this shouldn’t be allowed anymore, our main priority should be Scottish families and welfare and that’s why we are participating in this elections, because we do care of our families. Ruth needs your help to put an end to the SNP and prevent 5 more years, even if you voted for the SNP in the past, now we need your vote because nobody else has a real plan to guarantee you your future and healthcare.”

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Faye Gallacher
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23/07/2019 11:36 pm  

Faye Gallacher, Scottish MP and Devolution Secretary, introduced Kezia Dugdale at the Scottish Labour manifesto unveiling for the Scottish Parliament elections:

Comrades and friends, thank you for being here with us today as we unveil Labour’s plan for a strong Scotland within a strong United Kingdom.

I make no secret that the past two years have been rough for the Labour Party in the UK, but particularly in Scotland. The Conservatives will swan across Scotland and remind you of Labour’s mistakes – we’re fine with that, because we’ll admit them ourselves: it was wrong of Calvin Ward to try to block devolution by colluding with nationalists instead of fighting them and it was wrong that we weren’t responsive to devolution.

But I wonder if the Conservatives will show the same self-awareness. Lets not forget that during the campaign many people in the Conservative Party were attacking not the SNP, but members of Better Together – both for committing and then not committing to a currency union, meaning Tory voices paired up with the SNP when it was convenient. What happened to one of the men who pulled this political stunt? Dylan Macmillan saw fit to promote him to Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. Dylan Macmillan admitted to me in private what was done was wrong, but of course will never admit this in public for political expediency.

Labour hasn’t just owned up to our mistakes, but we’ve learned from them by committing to the Union – no ifs, ands or buts, and by promising to grant Scotland even stronger powers. The Tories will only admit to their mistakes if they’re rebuked by Boris Johnson. I think we should be listening to the Scottish people instead.

This election is a strong chance for Labour in Scotland to turn a new page, to learn from our mistakes and to push forward a new message for Scotland. I understand that there are many concerned unionists who vote for the Conservatives to maintain that union, and many of those angry at austerity and inequality who want to go to the SNP.

Both parties are benefitting from a divide and conquer tactic where they’re pitting Scots against each other. Only Labour understands that there is a consensus, where Scotland can move forward together – and only Labour is willing to outline that consensus: a Scotland that fights for our public services, not against each other. A strong Scotland free to pursue its destiny within a strong United Kingdom within a strong European Union.

The Tories and the SNP are more similar than either of them would like to admit, you see. Both want to cut Scottish public services by billions and both want to push for divisive referendums that threaten the Union and go against the wishes of the Scottish people and threaten the stability of the Scottish economy, whether that’s tearing us out the UK or the EU.

Labour will promise that Scotland is never forced to enact major constitutional changes against its will. Only one country in the UK gets a veto during a referendum – that is England. It’s time that we balanced this, though it is not government policy this government will promise to protect our Union and give regions across the UK a strong voice by implementing a referendum lock.

We will also pursue a comprehensive devolution package to the Scottish people. This includes strengthening devolutions promised to the Scottish people within the Wales Act but strengthening it even further: that means devolving air passenger duty, stronger controls over social security and strengthened borrowing powers. Dylan Macmillan opposes these powers, we think that it’s absolutely fundamental Scots have powers that those in Westminster are entitled to.

But enough about what we’ll do from Westminster. Because this election is also about what the Scottish government can do with the powers it has now. Presenting our manifesto, I am proud to introduce Kezia Dugdale!

Kezia gave her speech. Approved, of course, by Josh:

Friends,

I would just like to thank Faye for introducing me. If anybody ever tells you we can’t have strong Scottish voices fighting for the things we care about – fairness, strong public services and tackling injustice and inequality. That can only happen if you vote Labour to represent Scotland in Westminster as well as in Edinburgh.

Friends, we know that the Tories and the SNP have not worked for the people of Scotland. We treasure our NHS, our schools and tackling poverty. But the Tories have repeatedly made the choice to weaken and underfund those services at Westminster, passing the buck to the SNP who decided to continue those cuts down here in Scotland. We need to make it absolutely clear that this is unacceptable, and we must present an alternative for our public services.

The Tories and the SNP aren’t just united on wanting to destabilise our union, they’re wanting to promise tax cuts to the richest few while leaving other Scots behind. The Tory and SNP plans will cost Scottish public services about three billion pounds, and we know what the consequences will be: for the SNP, it’s hundreds of millions in cuts already including cuts to our schools. For the Tories, it’s introducing prescription charges in Scotland that the Tories in Westminster believe should be removed for English people.

Only Labour are pledging to continue investing in our public services, and we’ll be completely clear on how we intend to do that: we plan to raise income tax at the basic and higher rate by just one penny, taking steps to ensure we have a fairer tax system where those who have the broadest shoulders carry the heavy burden while being the only Scottish party to make it absolutely clear we’ll stop cuts to Scottish public services and have a clear plan for how we’ll fund that.

And what do the Scottish people get from that promise?

For our NHS we will increase NHS spending in real terms – promising a stronger package than that offered by the SNP or the Tories. We’ll guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours for every Scot. We’ll cut cancer waiting times, offer a social care package that will complement the government’s proposed National Care Service and double the maternity grant, lifting thousands of Scottish families and children out of poverty.

We’ll ensure housing works for everyone in Scotland while the SNP have seen houses prices rocket, fulfilling the SNP’s broken promises and reforming council tax so that 80% of families are better off, tackling rogue landlords and banning rip off rent rises and building 60,000 truly affordable homes.

We’ll follow in Westminster’s stead and ban fracking in Scotland as the government devolves powers over oil and gas, introduce a Warm and delivering a People’s ScotRail that operates for the Scottish people, not for private profit.

And we will freeze the pay of government ministers and ban second jobs to ensure that there are no longer special privileges for Scottish politicians, we’ll devolve powers granted from Westminster to Edinburgh even further – so that they go to the most local level – and increase accountability. We’ll respect the will of the Scottish people, ruling a second independence referendum out completely and fight for the UK remaining within the European Union despite the Tories’ threats.

These are our policies. They’re radical but reasonable; fair and achievable; practical, with purpose. It is what Scotland needs after years of SNP-Tory division, cuts and broken promises. But you can only get for it if you vote for it.

So don’t let the SNP tell you that the only way you can fight the Tories is by voting SNP, and don’t let the Tories tell you they are the only unionist party. Send them a message, and vote Labour on [date].

Thank you.

[Manifesto: http://www.spokes.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Scottish-Labour-Manifesto-2016.pdf -- minus anything ahistorical, obviously]

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Faye Gallacher
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23/07/2019 11:39 pm  

Faye Gallacher, Labour MP for Glasgow North East, campaigned around her constituency for the Scottish Parliament elections. She spoke to constituents about a variety of concerns in the area:

Discussing public services, Gallacher told voters: “We know that in Scotland we value public services. The Tories in Westminster haven’t got the memo, proposing to underfund NHS services and cuts to the education budget. Up in Scotland, they haven’t got the memo – we know they would guarantee billions of pounds worth of cuts by 2020. Having already cut hundreds of millions, we know the SNP who are all talk will go down the same avenue. Kezia Dugdale has a simple but effective plan: by lifting the basic and higher rate of income tax just 1p higher, we can ensure we can invest in our schools and hospitals in a sustainable way.”

Gallacher discussed devolution with other voters: “Whatever attacks you hear from the Tories today, I want you to know we did not get devolution right and I want to apologise for that. However, unlike the Tories and the SNP we have a plan to deliver a comprehensive devolution package so that Scottish decisions are made within Scotland. This includes giving Scotland powers to borrow so it can fund vital infrastructure projects or support public services if it needs to – powers Dylan Macmillan does not want you to have. What's more vital is at home Scottish Labour would ensure these powers weren't just held up in Edinburgh, but were further devolved to our own communities.”

Finally, she spoke about inequality with concerned voters: “I know that Scottish people are concerned about growing inequality after years of Tory austerity and the SNP have spoken to you on those concerns, but we should address their record: inequality has got worse under the SNP and their policies – while they keep guaranteeing tax cuts for the richest few, they guarantee public spending cuts and promote regressive policies such as the school exam appeal charge. Only Labour is promising to properly invest in public services and on tackling inequality, starting with doubling the maternity grant for new mums to lift families and children out of poverty. Only Labour voices in the Scottish Parliament will put social justice first.”

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23/07/2019 11:55 pm  

Meredith Hansen-Charles, former Leader of the Liberal Democrats and MP for Cambridge, joined Lib Dem candidates in Scotland for the Scottish Parliament and Senate.

On Scottish identity, cultural heritage and independence

Scotland has a long and diverse cultural identity within the United Kingdom and the impact Scotland has had on the UK as a whole must never be forgotten, Scots have been at the forefront of innovation, business, arts and politics. It is fair to say that Scotland has been a driving force behind Britain for centuries, and it is a shame that parties of nationalism have hijacked this identity to achieve their own narrow views. The Liberal Democrats believe that Scotland is an internationalist country that is outward looking with their distinct cultural heritage and that should be emphasised and encouraged. The Liberal Democrats in the Scottish Parliament will be loud voices for supporting Scotland’s interests in the UK and globally, but we will not jeopardise Scotland’s future by isolating this great country from his closest friends and allies.

Devolution has provided Scotland with the distinct advantage to really push forward a Cultural Strategy for Scotland, but there has been a distinct lack of vision from the SNP since they took control in 2007 and Scotland has suffered for it. The Liberal Democrats will reverse that course and implement a new Cultural Strategy that emphasises the cultural heritage of Scotland, that links the cultural institutions of Scotland with the rest of the UK and the world. Within the Strategy there will be a strong emphasis on rural communities and how to engage those communities and cultural identities within a larger framework to enhance the cultural enrichment of Scotland.

On public services

The Liberal Democrats believe that strong public services are essential to a strong society. In Scotland the SNP talk a good game about services but they are failing all Scots. Waiting times are increasing, schools standards are falling and all the SNP can ever do is complain about the Westminster Government and talk about independence. Well, I saw, it isn’t good enough. Scotland deserves better public services than what they are getting.

In this election you have the chance to demand the services you deserve, you have the chance to make it clear that you want better schools and hospitals, and only the Liberal Democrats can deliver that here in Scotland. The SNP will go on about independence, the Tories will flip-flop on every policy they have and then cut services but it is the Liberal Democrats that will deliver real investment into public services across all Scotland, so whether you live in Glasgow, the Highlands or up in Orkney we will turn around our schools to give all children a fighting chance for a better future.

On the candidates

We have a great set of candidates fighting for liberal values here in Scotland. For both the Scottish Parliament and the Senate we have men and women committed to a better future for Scotland. They all have long histories of activism and as campaigners, like David Steel, one of the founding members of the Lib Dems and a liberal icon. Alongside him we have Liz Barker, a force of nature if there ever was one who will be a proud and loud voice for Scotland in the Senate. For the Scottish Parliament we have a committed team led by Willie Rennie who have stood up to the narrow nationalism of the SNP. We need your support to get a strong team of Lib Dem Senators and MSPs.

 

ACCOMPANYING LEAFLET:

On the front side of the leaflet, a large landscape picture of the Scottish highlands cropped with an image of a busy Edinburgh street, with amber text reading “THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS: PROGRESSIVE, TOLERANT AND DEDICATED” and the following text underneath it:

“The Lib Dems have long been champions of devolution in Scotland - that the answers needed to fix Scottish problems are best devised by the people of Scotland, that protecting Scottish heritage and culture is best done here rather than Westminster, that a smart Scottish economic strategy is best made by the Scots, that fixing our schools and hospitals are best done by Scots” 

The back side of the leaflet, flanked by pictures of candidates for local government and the Senate meeting with voters, continues to talk about Lib Dem achievements and values. Various text boxes, again accompanied by icons, go into detail about what the Lib Dems have achieved or will go on to achieve. 

ENDING AUSTERITY…

Under the Liberal Democrats, the “pupil premium” to support disadvantaged students has more than doubled; the worst austerity cuts are being reversed and then some; NHS and school spending is growing in real terms; and we are investing more in infrastructure and housing. 

...WHILE SUPPORTING BUSINESS AND FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

Under the Liberal Democrats, access to capital and advisory services for small and medium businesses has expanded, through the British Business Bank, and billions more is being invested in research and innovation to keep our economy on the cutting edge. We have championed a regulatory relief act, helping businesses deal with red tape, and a new strategy to support local enterprise hubs and businesses scale up. We are bringing the deficit down, faster than the Tories would, through fiscal discipline and an aggressive fight against tax dodging. 

PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT

The Liberal Democrats are the leaders on protecting our environment. We have fought for more money for environmental protection, have cut subsidies for fossil fuels, and have invested billions in green jobs and decarbonising our economy. We are currently leading the way on a bill to green our transport sector and implement a National Air Quality Plan. With your support, we will champion a new Nature Act to preserve our natural beauty, continue British leadership in new climate change legislation, and continue moving towards a zero-waste economy. 

TACKLING BURNING INJUSTICES

The Liberal Democrats have taken action on some of the most burning injustices in our society - making up for underinvestment in mental health, supporting those with disabilities in getting the skills and opportunities they need, fighting homelessness and period poverty, repealing the bedroom tax, standing up for the rights of refugees, fighting the gender and race pay gaps. There is more to do - the Liberal Democrats are committed to an equalities agenda, supporting LGBT+ equality, banning upskirting and female genital mutilation, promoting civil liberties by repealing draconian laws.

FIXING OUR BROKEN POLITICS

The Liberal Democrats are the champions of political reform - votes at 16; proportional representation; replacing the House of Lords with the Senate; supporting devolution and localism to empower communities and give power to the people. 

At the bottom of the page there is both the legally required text and a form that can be cut out, allowing the recipient to get in touch with the candidate, either to discuss issues, to request GOTV assistance, or to offer support.

Meredith Hansen-Charles
Cambridge
Secretary of State for Education
Minister for Women and Equalities

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Richard
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24/07/2019 12:00 am  

End of Day 1 marker.

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24/07/2019 3:41 pm  

SCOTTISH BILLBOARD 1

The left side of the billboard shows Scottish Lib Dem activists, joined by notable national Lib Dems such as Adiputera and Hansen-Charles, with “Winning Here” and “Working For You” placards. The right side shows Lib Dem candidates mainstreeting and knocking on doors. The centre reads “THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS - PROGRESSIVE POLITICS, CHAMPIONING DEVOLUTION, FIGHTING FOR THE UNION.” 

Legal text, and information on volunteering and donating, at the bottom - only legible to those on foot, however.

SCOTTISH BILLBOARD 2

On the left hand side, prominent members of the SNP looking angry and incendiary; on the right, prominent Tories looking aloof and cold. In the middle, the only section of the billboard to be in bright and non-muted colours, are a team of smiling Scottish Lib Dem activists, joined by the party’s Scottish MPs and the national leadership. 

Beneath the SNP and the Tories, the words “DIVISIVE POLITICS. EXPLOITING THE INDY DEBATE. AUSTERITY.” 

Beneath the Lib Dems, the words “VOTE FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT. VOTE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT”. 

Legal text, and information on volunteering and donating, at the bottom - only legible to those on foot, however.

Graham Adiputera (Lib Dem - Sutton and Cheam)
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Liberal Democrat Leader
Foreign Secretary
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Climate Change
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Technology

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24/07/2019 4:49 pm  

Mainstreeting

Roger Brigham travelled to Scotland and campaigned with local candidates, the Conservative Candidate for First Minister, Ruth Davidson and candidates for UK Senators, he talked about the following issues:

Asked by one voter about public services, Mr. Brigham said:

“Yesterday, the Honourable Labour MP for Glasgow North East began her campaign for the Parliament and Senate elections, he came here talking about public services, saying only fake message about a memo, our commitment with the NHS is clear, when we were in Government we raised the budget for the NHS, and here in Scotland we propose health investment every year over inflation, nobody has similar and clear proposals like Conservatives to protect purchasing power and healthcare system, stop lies Labour, to understand Labour’s health program you only have to go to Wales and see the mess they provoked under 17 years of Labour government.

Remember Labour and SNP, both are leftist party, have similar proposals in common, so the solution is not only to fire Labour, but also the SNP, because a strong Scotland needs a strong Opposition with no majority of the SNP, and this only will happen under Conservatives, because Labour can’t be opposition while being a strong ally of the SNP. Let’s vote Tory in the Parliament and in the Senate to stop Coalition budgets that don’t invest in NHS and other public services.”

 Asked by one voter about devolution, Mr. Brigham said:

“When the lady from Glasgow North East came yesterday, she recognized that Labour tried to block and boycott the devolution process, by saying: ”I want you to know we did not get devolution right and I want to apologise for that”. The ones that caused all this harm to the Scottish people are the SNP and Labour, because they have a secret deal, the SNP supports the government in exchange of Labour rejecting devolution to rise up the independence movement, because we don’t have to forget that SNP main proposal is get the independence of Scotland and the destruction of the Union, Labour sold Scotland and the Country for power, a complete shame for people’s representatives, unfortunately LibDems joined their party.

SNP and Labour consider you as second class citizens, it’s a complete shame and we have to finish with that, we have to end with SNP’s majority in the Parliament and Labour in Westminster, we have the solution, a vote for Conservatives to end with SNP’s majority and a controlled Senate by Conservatives to continue with Devolution and stop people that believes you are second class citizens.”

Asked by one voter about why to vote conservatives, Mr. Brigham said:

“Conservatives have a great proposal, a Contract with Scotland that includes many issues, from the defence of the Union to guarantee a strong economy and public services. Conservatives have good management numbers, when we had the opportunity to rule the country, unemployment went down, investment in NHS up and also welfare, and having difficult situations we did this. Voting Conservative you have the guarantee to end more Governments of the Scottish National Party, whose mismanagement had a strong impact in Scottish people’s lives, currently Scotland is following the path to become the poorest region in the United Kingdom, and all because the SNP has only one project forgetting other main issues, the SNP only wants to break the decision you made in 2014 to get independence, we need a Conservative government that doesn’t think and independence and will deliver the main policies Scotland needs, with low taxes and high welfare. Join us and together we will work for a brighter Scotland and Britain.”

Roger Brigham
MP for Richmond Park

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24/07/2019 5:49 pm  

William Croft arrives in Aberdeen, where he heads to Aberdeen Beach and begins meeting with local voters. Flanked by Conservative Party Senate candidates, William goes door to door, talking to local constituents and passing out election material.  He stops in front of a group of supporters and interested voters, and gives a brief speech, talking about the need for a Conservative majority in the Senate: 

Those of us in the Conservative Party recognize that when Scotland is strong, the whole of The United Kingdom is strong. Despite being in the Opposition, it was the Conservative Party that introduced and passed the Scotland Act, devolving historic levels of power to Scotland and proving through our actions that we're committed to fighting for a better Scotland. What we've been able to deliver for Scotland as the Opposition in the House of Commons speaks volumes to all that will be able to achieve when we take control of the Senate, and have the majority we need to put Scotland's issues at the forefront of the discussion. With your support and your vote, we can elect Conservative Senators that will fight day in and day out for Scotland, just as we have in Opposition. We'll have the mandate, authority, and power we need to introduce and pass policies that will make life better for the Scottish people. We'll legislate for better infrastructure to connect Scottish businesses to the rest of the UK, invest in high-speed broadband for every home in Scotland, and keep taxes on business and invest low throughout the UK to ensure job creators can hire more hardworking Scottish workers. With your vote, we'll see to it that our Opportunity Agenda is put into law so that our policies can start delivering for the Scottish people. 

William then heads to Dundee, where he attends a lunch open to interested voters and supporters of the Scottish Conservative Party. After meeting with local candidates and undecided voters, William takes to the stage at the end of the event, delivering a brief speech. Speaking about the upcoming elections, William says: 

Based on their actions over the last year, Labour and the Liberal Democrats have forfeited their right to be trusted with your vote. After it became public that Calvin Ward was prepared to deny Scotland greater devolution for political purposes, Labour rewarded him with a promotion to Prime Minister with the Liberal Democrats quickly falling in line behind him. The Coalition Government was willing to sell Scotland's future down the river for political gain, making it clear as day where their priorities truly lie. That's why I'm so passionate about this election, because I believe now more than ever it has become clear that the Scottish people deserve better, and that the Conservative Party is prepared to offer just that. With your vote, Conservative MSPs and Senators will build off our record of fighting for Scotland. We'll elevate your voice in Parliament, and put the issues that impact you on a daily basis to the forefront of the discussion in Edinburgh. Actions speak louder than words, ladies and gentlemen. When you head to the polls on election day, consider how the leading parties have acted when it comes to Scotland, and base your vote on those actions. 

Finally, William heads to Edinburgh, where he joins Ruth Davidson to headline a Conservative Party election rally. After meeting with supporters, he takes to the stage, giving a wide ranging speech on why it is critical to vote for the Scottish Conservatives in the upcoming Scottish Parliament election. Talking about the need for a strong Opposition, he says: 

For the past four years Scotland has been well served by a public servant who, by all accounts, can be considered the unofficial Leader of the Opposition. Where Labour has failed, Ruth Davidson has valiantly picked up the torch and ensured that the Scottish people have a fighter who's prepared to hold the SNP to account. Ruth has pressed the SNP on their inability to properly fund the NHS, on their failed policy of centralizing the police authority, and on their insistence to demand another referendum on independence rather than focusing on the everyday issues that matter to the Scottish people. She understands that Government works best when there is a strong Opposition to hold them to account, and that Scotland has been woefully underserved by a Labour-led Opposition more interested in appeasing the SNP than they are challenging them. Now, it's time we join together to make Ruth Davidson the official leader of the strong Opposition Scotland deserves. The only possible vote that will deliver a real Opposition that will be empowered to keep the SNP honest and focused on the real issues that matter is a vote for Ruth Davidson and the Scottish Conservatives!

 

William Croft
Member of Parliament for Bracknell
Shadow Foreign Secretary
Chairman of the Conservative Party
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24/07/2019 6:32 pm  

(OOC: Sorry, I'm an idiot and forgot to mark this, please consider the above post my first main street for Day 2)

William Croft
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24/07/2019 6:37 pm  

Faye Gallacher campaigned in Scotland, speaking to Scottish voters about the issues of the day and their concerns.

On the union, Gallacher said: "I don't like to call anybody a liar, because I think it's bad faith politics and sometimes people can be mistakes. But the Shadow Home Secretary has provided no evidence that there is a 'secret deal' between Labour and the SNP - it's a lie. As Shadow Cabinet members tweeted and undermined the No campaign, I fought the nationalists head on on the streets of Glasgow. We've made it clear there'll be no independence referendum from Labour - no ifs, ands or buts.

Unlike the Tories we'll admit to our mistakes, but that's in the past. If the Tories can only criticise something somebody no longer in government did, they haven't got any substance. That makes sense, considering they have no further devolution proposals and oppose Labour's comprehensive devolution package to the people of Scotland."

On housing, the Devolution Secretary opined: "The Tories and the SNP have stuck together too long to support the regressive model of council tax which hits working Scots poorest. Labour will plan to reform this in a way that will benefit 80% of Scottish people. We'll also make sure more homes are built and tackle rogue landlords and ripoff rent rises, ensuring that everyone across Scotland gets a fairer deal for housing. Only Labour can deliver this."

Gallacher discussed the economy with Scottish voters, saying: "The Tories will give you warm words but we remember what they inflicted on Scotland when they were in power - devastating austerity which destroyed Scottish communities. Now they want to pass over £3 billion in cuts to Scottish public services, forcing Scotland to accept prescription fees they say are unacceptable in England. The SNP are no better. We've delivered stable inflation, strong growth, more jobs and rising wages to the people of Scotland while investing in public services and tackling the deficit. If you want a strong economy and strong public services, Labour is your only option."

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24/07/2019 7:22 pm  

Scotland:

Day 2: Glasgow Main Streeter

Edwin went canvassing in Glasgow city center with Conservative candidates for Senate & Local Office

Edwin, speaking on the Conservative party’s commitment to devolution:

“The Conservative party is committed to strengthening the powers of local and regional governments to make decisions for themselves rather than have them made at Westminster. In our manifesto during the last General Election, we committed providing greater powers to Holyrood by giving them the authority to set income tax, to vary corporation taxes, to make critical decisions about its own electoral process, and to provide long-term security for Holyrood by preventing future Governments from attempting to abolish the legislature without the concurrence of the Scottish people by a referendum. While the Conservative party has committed to giving Scotland greater powers to govern itself, we have been opposed at almost every step by Labour and the Lib Dems.

Only by electing Conservative candidates at every level of Government can we ensure that Scotland and all of the regions of our great Kingdom have a greater say on how to govern themselves. We’re the only party that has shown by word and deed that we are committed to fulfilling these important promises--but we can only do this if you show up to vote in at the polls and support our Conservative candidates.”

Edwin, speaking on the failures of the SNP:

“The Scottish National Party has utterly failed the people of Scotland. It has shown itself to be a single-issue party incapable of addressing important issues for the Scottish people. Under SNP rule in Scotland and the rule of Labour and the Lib Dems in Westminster, the Scottish economy has suffered. High taxes on businesses and job creators have hurt Scotland’s economy, driven up unemployment, and the ever-growing SNP deficit threatens its economic future. Only the Conservative party is committed to policies that will help repair SNP’s damage to the Scottish economy, as well as Labour and the Lib Dem’s damage to the economy of the United Kingdom. 

Electing the right MPs for Westminster, while important, is not the entire solution. We also need to elect MPs that are committed to policies that promote economic growth to Holyrood and local governments. We need MPs that care about more than a single issue and who understand and have concrete plans to address the myriad of issues that important to everyone in Scotland. The SNP has failed to live up to its responsibilities--and it is time for the people to Scotland to hold them to account for their mismanagement.”

Edwin, speaking on the Conservative party’s commitment to promoting sport:

“Hey, it’s always great to get to talk about Football right? Seriously though, I want to take a moment to emphasize the Conservative party’s commitment to promoting sport and sporting events in the United Kingdom and here in Scotland. Sport is entertaining, promotes health and wellness, brings communities together, and instills a sense of both national and regional pride which are all really important. It’s easy to forget that sport also increases the bonds between us and foreign nations and, perhaps most importantly, helps to stimulate our economy. In our Manifesto during the last General Election, the Conservative party made a commitment to taking proactive steps to host important sporting events to further bring benefits to the UK.

Here in Scotland, we recently hosted the Commonwealth Games. These games not only instilled unity throughout the Commonwealth, but also brought in much needed help to Scotland’s economy. Money was spent to build stadiums creating jobs, and tourists from all over our great Commonwealth came here to Glasgow and spent money on food, hotels, souvenirs, transport, etc. The economic benefits of hosting such games are great to local governments and also instill a sense of our national pride. A Conservative Government here locally and at Holyrood will make sport a priority, and will also work to build up infrastructure that will make cities like Glasgow even more appealing to host all sorts of international gaming events.

Edwin Brown
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Shadow Minister for Business, Infrastructure, and Transport
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