• Article: Apr 22, 2019
    By Stuart Crawford

    You don't need me to tell you that we have problems with traffic and parking in Haddington. Transport and internet services throughout the Ward are often in a sorry state.

    In Haddington the problems have been studied and expensively consulted on and yet there is still no action. It's high time decisions are taken. Inevitably you can't please everybody so sensible compromise is needed.

  • Lib Dem rosette 2019
    Article: Apr 19, 2019
    By Stuart Crawford

    The number one topic that comes up when I'm talking to people is the impact of the new housing developments, particularly in Haddington. There's a fear that the rapid increase in population that comes with it will overwhelm local services.

    I think that's a real fear. Having enough school places is of top importance and requires new building. Also there's a real risk of not having enough suitably resourced Surgery and GP provision.

  • Stuart Crawford
    Article: Apr 13, 2019
    By Stuart Crawford

    In 1999 I founded Stuart Crawford Associates, specialising in public affairs, media communications and public relations, concentrating mainly on the Scottish Executive and Scottish Parliament with occasional forays to Westminster.

    I am als o a writer and journalist, with articles regularly published in the Scottish press and magazines and journals across the UK and abroad. I have also appeared frequently on radio and television, including BBC Newsnight Scotland, STV's Daily Politics and Scotland Tonight programmes, BBC Radio 4's Westminster Hour and Today programmes, and the BBC Daily Politics.

  • Dr Elisabeth Wilson Addresses Conference in Hamilton February 2019
    Article: Mar 1, 2019

    At the Party's Spring Conference in Hamilton, East Lothian Liberal Democrats play a prominent part in passing a motion supporting those who suffer domestic abuse.

    Dr Elisabeth Wilson, Vice Convenor, summarized a motion which, amongst other things, called for the Scottish Government to review and update the Matrimonial Homes (Family Protection) (Scotland) Act 1981 so that abusers can be swiftly moved out of homes while having their right to a home elsewhere unabridged.

  • Article: Mar 1, 2019
    By Robert O'Riordan

    The Put it to the People March will take place in London on 23 March.

    See link for details.

    https://www.peoples-vote.uk

    This is your chance to let your voice be heard at a crucial point in the debate. This is likely to be a major event with high attendnace across the political spectrum.

    If you are interested in taking a place on a coach travelling overnight organised by the European Movement in Scotland Friday 22nd March at an approximate cost £30 please contact Bill Rodger bill_d_rodger@hotmail.com

  • Article: Feb 11, 2019
    By Robert O'Riordan in East Lothian Courier

    Dear Sir,

    Last week's vote in House of Commons takes us a step closer to an exit from Brexit. The resounding rejection of Theresa May's Brexit deal was a massive Parliamentary defeat.

    While it is encouraging to see cross-party talks eventually take place at Westminster, what is left of the Conservative Government is in crisis while Labour is still failing to provide any coherent opposition.

  • Article: Dec 17, 2018
    By Robert O'Riordan

    The impolitely but punchily named Bollocks to Brexit Bus will be touring Edinburgh and Glasgow tomorrow, 18 December

    Show your support for the campaign and ride in the bus

    see

    www.bollockstobrexit.com/ride-with-us

    #bollockstobrexitbus

  • Article: Dec 10, 2018
    By Robert O'Riordan

    Strong LibDem Team in Place for 2019.

    East Lothian Scottish Liberal Democrats has recently held its AGM and a full quota of officers from across the county were elected.

    The Office Bearers for 2019 will be Robert O'Riordan (Gullane), Convenor; Elisabeth Wilson (Innerwick) Vice-Convenor and Diversity Officer; Maureen Harper (Haddington) Treasurer; and Stuart Smith (North Berwick), Data & Membership Secretary. Other Committee members will be Barry Turner (Musselburgh), Paul Robinson (Musselburgh), Kenny Maule (Dunbar) and Patricia Eason (Lasswade).

  • Article: Dec 7, 2018
    In East Lothian Courier

    Dear Sir,

    It is clear that the UK now faces three choices: leaving the EU without a deal; Mrs May's Deal and Staying in Europe. It seems unlikely that Parliament will agree Mrs May's deal.
    However, we all agree that the time has come to "get on with it". Consequently, the only viable solution appears to be to refer the question back to the electorate so that Parliament can then make an informed choice.
  • Brexitometer Haddington Farmers' Market
    Article: Nov 24, 2018

    The Brexitomoter had another succesful outing to the Haddington Farmers' Market today with shoppers keen to engage.

    The outcome was strong support for a Peoples' Vote which is increasingly becoming a likely next step.

    Next stop Dunbar and Musselburgh.