Liberal Democrats select candidate

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have chosen local community activist Andrew Metcalf as their candidate in the Galloway and West Dumfries Constituency for the forthcoming Scottish Parliament Election.

Andrew lives in the Glenkens with his wife Jane. He is a community councillor on Carsphairn Community Council and Vice Chair of Carsphairn Community Trust. In addition he is a board member of the IT Centre in Castle Douglas, Chair of Dalry’s Clachan Fair and a Director of Stewartry Council for Voluntary Service.

On being selected Andrew said: “I am delighted to have been selected to fight the Galloway and West Dumfries seat for the Scottish Liberal Democrats. I will promote the good work which our MSPs have done over recent years, in particular the work of our South of Scotland List MSP Jim Hume.

“It is clear to me that the people of Galloway and West Dumfries are becoming increasingly disillusioned with the antics of the SNP. Time and again decisions are being made by the SNP Scottish Government which damage our region, whether it be the wholesale transfer of police jobs to the Central Belt, or the complete breakdown in relations with councils over their finances. The SNP show that they are a centralising party who are unwilling to allow local people to make decisions which suit their local needs. Their ongoing obsession with independence means that the SNP, supported by their separatist colleagues the Greens, are unwilling to accept the referendum result and seem more interested in picking fights with Westminster than using the extensive powers they have to govern our country for the good of the people of Scotland. By contrast, despite only forming a small group at Holyrood, Liberal Democrat MSPs have shown their willingness to hold the Government to account on a whole range of issues.