Liberal Youth’s series of #WinningHere Action Days are back after a post-election hiatus, kicking off in Edinburgh ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections in May.
The Action Weekend will be from the 6th-7th February with hostel accommodation provided – possibly free for those who confirm attendance before the 18th January – will be in the Scottish Parliamentary constituency of Edinburgh Western, a seat held by the Liberal Democrats until 2011, when the SNP took it by just 2,689 votes.
Dedicated local campaigner Alex Cole-Hamilton hopes to retake the seat, returning a strong liberal voice to Holyrood, with Liberal Youth hoping to provide him with the help he needs to win. Edinburgh Western also falls within the Lothian list region, where the co-chair of Liberal Youth Scotland, Hannah Bettsworth, is second on the parties list.
With the SNP in turmoil in the west of Edinburgh over the suspension of their MP Michele Thomson in September of last year, pending an investigation into possible irregular property transactions, any and all campaigning by youth members could make a real difference to the result come polling day. The incumbent MSP for the Western constituency, Colin Keir, was also recently de-selected in favour of another SNP candidate, leaving the seat open.
Liberal Youth are also providing a £30 travel subsidy for those attending.
Those wishing to attend the action day should also email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm they will be making the trip.
Liberal Youth co-chair Charlie Kingsbury spoke exclusively to The Libertine on why you should make the trip, saying that “”Last year, Liberal Youth’s #WinningHere campaign made a genuine difference in constituencies across the country. It is my hope that we can repeat similar success this year, supporting devolved elections in Scotland, Wales and London, and local government elections across the country. It’s not just a hashtag either, ‘winning here’ is a genuine possibility with Liberal Youth’s help in Edinburgh this year.”
A Facebook event page for the weekend can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/811223625656016/
We here at The Libertine hope many LY members take up this generous offer and help bring the Lib Dem fightback to the Scottish capital!