Labour Candidate found for Livingston seat and SNP’s Hannah Bardell helps kick off SNP campaign on Sky News

A Labour Party candidate has finally been found to contest the Livingston seat after the original candidate Rhea Wolfson quit in July.

The candidate selected is Caitlin Kane. Her Labour Policy Forum biography states that she is currently Almond Valley CLP’s campaigns coordinator and is a Communications Officer for Neil Findlay MSP. She states in her bio that she is ‘a proud socialist and trade unionist with a keen interest in the provision of housing and sustainable communities to address the housing crisis inflicted upon us by years of austerity.’

Meanwhile, the SNP launched their campaign today in Edinburgh. Seat favourite Hannah Bardell spoke to Sky News about the launch of the campaign and put her views forward as to why devolution isn’t good enough when the Conservatives ‘risk the NHS’.

 

Winchburgh Mum raises concerns about surface water on Kirkliston road

Amy, a single parent from Winchburgh, has raised concerns to us about excessive surface water on the B9080 between Kirkliston and Winchburgh.

It is understood the problem is particularly acute where the road crosses Swin Burn. Amy stated, “This time of year is really bad, and after any heavy downpour I dread driving down that road. By the time I pick my kids up from Kirkliston it’s already dark and the huge puddles are really difficult to see. If a bus or lorry is passing on the other side, you get hit by a wall of water which can be really scary for me and my kids. I have tried complaining to our local councillor but have not heard anything back from him.”

The section of the road with surface water issues is understood to be in the Edinburgh Council area.

The AA advise that you should drive slowly and steadily through standing water so you don’t make a bow wave, and not to drive into flood water that’s moving or more than 10cm deep. At faster speeds, tyres can lose contact with the road, causing you to lose steering control – called aquaplaning. If you feel it happening, hold the steering lightly and lift off to slow down gently until your tyres grip again.

 

 

 

Candidates step forward to contest Livingston seat

The first contenders for the Livingston Constituency have been announced for the next UK general election which is due to be held on December 12th.

The SNP, Green Party, Conservative and Lib Dem Candidates have all been named, whilst the Labour and Brexit party candidates are either still to be found or be made public.

On current polling, Livingston should be considered a safe SNP seat with the Electoral Calculus Ltd calculating the probability that Hannah Bardell will be returned as MP at 76%.

SNP – Hannah Bardell – Sitting MP

Hannah Bardell has successfully contested the seat at two previous general elections, and is defending a majority of 3,878. Hannah was born and brought up in Craigshill, Livingston and attended Broxburn Academy and the University of Stirling. Prior to becoming an MP, Bardell worked for STV and GMTV as well as press and marketing roles for the US State Department, and then in the oil and gas sector. Currently SNP spokesperson for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport at Westminster, Hannah has championed numerous causes at Westminster and back home in West Lothian. These include promoting the idea of Small Business Commissioner for Scotland; campaigning for an Independent Aviation Noise Authority (IANA); improving the justice and support systems for the loved ones of UK citizens who die abroad; trying to get the Government to re-think the timing of its decision about the state pension age for women (the WASPI campaign); ensuring the current inquiry into Primodos (dubbed the ‘forgotten thalidomide’) is open; and campaigning for the equality of women’s and LGBTI rights, especially in the workplace.

Green Party – Cameron Glasgow

The Green Party face an uphill struggle in West Lothian as they neither contested the Livingston seat at the last election nor have local councillors. Their candidate, Cameron Glasgow, is described on the Green Party’s website as a leading campaigner in West Lothian on issues regarding, “the climate emergency and the right wing popularism which has fuelled Brexit.” He is also convenor of the West Lothian Greens.

 

The Conservative Party – Damian Timson

Damian Timson is the elected councillor for East Livingston and Calder and is the Chairman of the West Lothian Conservative and Unionist Association. Following service in the Royal Air Force, Timson  has worked in Business and Project Management. He currently lives and works in Livingston. At the last election in 2017, he was the Conservative candidate for the constituency and increased vote share by 14.1% for the party with a total of 12,799 votes. His main challenge this time round might be to maintain this share of the vote, should the Brexit party decide to stand.

Liberal Democrats – Charles Dundas

Charles Dundas has been the Lib Dem candidate for Livingston since 2005. At the 2017 election Dundas increased the Lib Dem vote by 0.7% to 1512 votes (2.9% of votes cast). Brought up in Fauldhouse within the constituency since 1980, he went to Falla Hill Primary School and then on to Whitburn Academy. Dundas currently works in advocacy and policy for a national environmental charity. He is currently a trustee of Scottish Environment Link, the forum for Scotland’s environmental NGOs, and is a former trustee of the Royal Lyceum Theatre.

Labour Party – Not Known

Labour did have a candidate for the seat (Rhea Wolfson) but she quit in July this year to concentrate on her day job as GMB Scotland organiser.

Brexit Party – Not known