Candidate for Dunfermline and the Mid-Scotland & Fife regional list
Dunfermline Liberal Democrats have selected James Calder to be our candidate for the Scottish elections this May. James, having been brought up in Inverkeithing and then Crossford, now lives and works in Dunfermline for a small IT business.
James studied at both Glasgow and Aberystwyth Universities and first got involved in politics after spending some time working as an intern with former Lib Dem MP and Minister Jo Swinson in Bishopbriggs in 2011.
While always being a Lib Dem supporter, his experience working with Jo as well as seeing the hard work of Willie Rennie led him to take the plunge and get fully involved in local politics in Dunfermline and West Fife.
James has a strong desire to improve public services both locally and nationally.
Having family working in education, he wants to see greater investment in our education provision in Scotland and is excited about the Lib Dem plan to increase education investment by £500 million.
He also is campaigning on ensuring our civil liberties are maintained in the face of erosion by the SNP's policies such as the Super ID Database.
Outside of politics, James's main interest is in fencing. He has competed for both Scottish and UK age group teams at International level as well as for University teams and Dunfermline Fencing Club. He also plays the guitar and plays in a band with his friends.