Galloway MP Russell Brown is kicking off a summer surgery tour with a difference this week.
Instead of just holding traditional advice surgeries in community centres and his constituency offices, the local MP will be knocking on thousands of doors as he embarks on his summer village doorstep surgery tour across the region to ask the public their views on local and national issues and to give them the opportunity to raise any concerns.
Mr Brown said: “Traditionally, I hold advice surgeries in my offices or local community centres, and carry out home visits for those who can’t travel, and this will continue as normal. But people live busy lives, so over the summer I’ll literally be visiting people on their own doorstep, knocking on thousands of doors in villages across the region to ask people their views on the issues that matter to them and also to giving them an opportunity to discuss any concerns they have. People tend to come to your surgery when they have a specific pressing problem they need dealt with. However, my doorstep surgeries give people the chance not only to discuss these problems, but also an opportunity just to let me know what they think about the issues of day, whether they are national or local issues. Too often you hear people say they only see politicians at election time. However, I have been holding these summer doorstep surgery tours now for a number of years and they really do ensure you keep in touch with local people, quite literally face to face”.
Russell’s summer doorstep surgery tour includes:
24 July – Kirkcolm, Leswalt, Lochans and Portpatrick
30 July – Gatehouse of Fleet, Twynholm, St John’s Town of Dalry, New Galloway
14 August – Creetown, Glenluce, Dunragit and Castle Kennedy
28 August – Kirkcowan, Wigtown, Kirkinner, Sorbie, Garlieston, Whithorn, Isle of Whithorn and Port William
17 September – Bridge of Dee, Gelston, Dundrennan, Auchencairn and Palnackie
26 September – Sandhead, Drummore and Stoneykirk
Surgeries in his constituency offices in Dumfries and Stranraer every second Friday continue as normal, as do the monthly surgeries in Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbright and Newton Stewart.