Candidate for Dumfriesshire
Richard Brodie , has been selected to represent the Scottish Liberal Democrats at the forthcoming Dumfriesshire Scottish Parliamentary elections in May.
Mr Brodie, who taught at Annan Academy for over thirty years, has served Eastriggs and Annan for a combined total of twenty years.
He was elected the first Liberal in 1983 to Annandale and Eskdale District Council , which soon had a majority of Liberal Councillors.
Among his successes are his campaign to extend a Citizen’s Advice Bureau service to Dumfries and Annan and his winning efforts to bring a gas supply to homes in Gretna and Eastriggs.
Most recently his dream to have a purpose built facility to tell the story of the creation of Eastriggs and Gretna in WW1 has now been realized at the new Devil’s Porridge Museum, acclaimed as one of the best museums in Scotland. He has also been spearheading a community effort to regenerate Annan Harbour and was at the forefront of opposing Scottish Government legislation which has ended stake and poke nets on the Solway.
Councillor Brodie is determined to use his experience to represent Dumfriesshire in the Holyrood Parliament.
Never has Dumfriesshire needed a strong voice in Edinburgh as it is needed now.
We seem to be being punished at every turn for being the only Westminster Tory seat.
We are bearing the brunt of SNP Council cuts and they don’t care because we don’t matter to Edinburgh. They could have moved central belt jobs to Dumfries Police Call centre but they closed us down and vital local jobs were lost.
How are we going to keep our young people in Dumfriesshire, when everything is being centralised? First of all our local Annan Court was closed , which means Langholm folk face an over 80 mile trek to Dumfries to get justice and then the SNP with the stroke of a pen have wiped out the future of our traditional Solway net fishings.
There is a battle to be done in Holyrood and I am up for that fight.
I spent most of my Councillor career building up local services and now it is heartbreaking to have to dismantle everything brick by brick. Enough is enough!
The SNP are cutting hundreds of jobs in our Region, forcing us to stop vital bus journeys and centralising powers .
I will be a strong voice to reverse these cuts, to make sure we no longer are penalised for being in the South of Scotland and get recognition that our rural area has its own needs which are very different from Central Scotland.