Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party candidate, Finlay Carson, launched his six-point plan for Galloway and West Dumfries on Monday.
Ahead of the Scottish Parliamentary election on May 5th, Mr Carson set out his stall at the start of his campaign to succeed Alex Fergusson as the constituency MSP.
Centred on the core themes of jobs and investment, Carson spoke of the need to attract more inward investment to the area. This, he argues, would create new job opportunities, particularly for young people, and grow the local economy.
Infrastructure also features heavily on the plan and Carson has already met with the campaign group, ‘Dual the A75’, to offer his support to their work and proposals.
Should he be elected in May, Carson will join Ruth Davidson’s team in Holyrood. Davidson is promising to rigorously hold the SNP to account and oppose a second referendum. This is a message echoed by Carson, who argues that the divisions and uncertainty caused by the threat of another referendum undermines jobs and investment in Dumfries and Galloway and across the Country.
Along with his brother, he runs an IT business and has raised his family in Dumfries and Galloway with his wife, Charlotte. Born and bred in Twynholm, Carson is pitching himself as the ‘only local candidate’ who can win the constituency vote.
Speaking after the launch of his campaign, Mr Carson said:-
“I care deeply about the future of Dumfries and Galloway, and that is why I wanted to focus my campaign around bringing jobs and investment to the area. We often feel that we are the forgotten corner of Scotland and that is why, now more than ever, we need a strong local voice in the Scottish Parliament to champion the needs of our local communities. From now until the 5th May I will campaign to convince people that I can be that voice”.
Supporting Finlay at the launch, retiring MSP Alex Fergusson said: “For 17 years I have had the privilege of representing the people of this area. Having watched the SNP press ahead with their centralising agenda over that time, we need someone in the Scottish Parliament who will speak up for jobs and services to be kept as local to people as possible. Finlay is the only local candidate in this election. He was born, brought up and raised his family here and the six point plan which he launched today demonstrates that he knows what this region needs to thrive”.