The Scottish Liberal Democrats have picked their man to fight for the Falkirk seat in the forthcoming General Election.
Galen Milne, the managing director of a Glasgow science research firm, was formally adopted as the party’s candidate last week.
Mr Milne said: “My main campaign priority will be focused on how we improve job prospects for local people. It’s a sad reflection on the current crop of local politicians that, according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation, of the 325 datazones in the five per cent most deprived areas in Scotland, four, that’s two per cent, were found in Falkirk in 2012, compared to three in 2009 and one in 2006.
“That can be addressed through improved investment that will help build on the constituency’s heritage. While we all recognise the economic importance of the nearby refinery and associated chemical industry, we also need to widen our horizons.
“I particularly welcome the Falkirk Townscape Heritage Initiative that helps communities regenerate conservation areas displaying particular social or economic need. The more modern tourist attractions of the Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies means visitors to the town will be expecting more within the town itself, so it is crucial we maximise on the increased tourist footfall.”
Mr Milne and the Liberal Democrats say they want to create opportunities for everyone by building a stronger economy, a fairer society and delivering more powers to the Scottish parliament.
He said: “In the next Parliament we will balance the budget, cut taxes further for ordinary workers and devolve more power from London to Scotland to help rebalance the economy and create a fairer country. The SNP’s independence obsession is putting services at risk. They took their eye of the ball when they dropped everything to campaign for so-called independence.”
Mr Milne will stand against John McNally of the SNP and Labour’s Karen Whitefield, among others, in the election on May 7.