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Chris Conniff, Scottish Labour candidate for Ross, Skye and Lochaber in the upcoming General Election, has pledged to protect the NHS and other public services from the proposed free trade deal between the European Union (EU) and the United States of America (USA).

 

The trade deal is seen as controversial as one aspect of it, the Investor State Dispute Resolution, could have a potential impact on the NHS, with critics saying TTIP would allow private firms running NHS services to sue the government if it chose to return the services to the public sector. 

Chris Conniff said:

“While the TTIP has the potential to bring a number of economic benefits, I am against any deal that does not exempt our NHS from the Investor State Dispute Resolution clause.  The Partnership must not come at the cost of our most precious public service and I pledge to local people I will always vote to protect the NHS.”

“While the Labour Group in Europe is scrutinising the process throughout the negotiations, the Labour Party at the UK Parliament has repeatedly called for the NHS to be exempt from the deal and put forward legislation to exempt the service. The bill passed the first stage in Parliament despite the fact that our local MP failed to turn up for the vote.  On such an important issue, I am disappointed that no one from either the Liberal Democrats or the Conservatives attended the public meeting.  Our current MP owes it to local people to explain his stance on the issue"

LABOUR CANDIDATE PLEDGES TO PROTECT NHS FROM TRANSATLANTIC TRADE DEAL

Chris Conniff, Scottish Labour candidate for Ross, Skye and Lochaber in the upcoming General Election, has pledged to protect the NHS and other public services from the proposed free trade...

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP and Shadow Transport and Islands Minister, David Stewart MSP, has said he is shocked that the Scottish Government did not carry out a study into the impact the five week cancelled sailings between Ullapool and Stornoway will have on the Western Isles economy.  The decision taken by the Scottish Government last month to delay improvement works on Ullapool harbour for the five week period from 20 April (the start of the peak tourism season) provoked outrage on the islands which led to Scottish Labour’s candidate, Alasdair Morrison, calling on the Minister to visit the area to hear the concerns of local businesses, hauliers and tourism representatives.

 

David Stewart said “I have been advised that accommodation providers  on the islands are experiencing cancellations due to limited sailings and I expect the same will be true for B&Bs, self-catering premises and hotels on the other side of the Minch too.  

Alasdair Morrison said “ The Minister reluctantly came to the islands once we outlined the colossal, negative economic  impact his Government’s bungling was having on the lives of many islanders. We‘re pleased that he's accepted the need for a "two-ferry solution" - with the Isle of Lewis running a timetabled service along with the Loch Seaforth. It’s the least the SNP could do for the islands given their exceptional recklessness and ham fisted attempts at procuring a new ferry”.

Scottish Labour’s candidate for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, Chris Conniff, said “Cancelling these sailings will impact negatively on businesses the length of the Wester Ross Coastal Trail.  Ullapool will be badly affected by the lack of passing trade but communities all along the route will also be affected by this as visitors use places like Gairloch as a stop off point along the way.  Clearly Derek Mackay has no real understanding of the fragile coastal communities’ reliance on tourist trade in the shoulder months. 

David Stewart continued “The most basic thing the SNP’s Islands Minister should know is how big a contributor tourism is to the economy in coastal and island areas.  To make a decision like this, without considering the devastating impact on these communities was shameful and shows a crass lack of understanding of rural and island life.”

 

Lack of impact study shows a crass lack of understanding of rural life‏

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP and Shadow Transport and Islands Minister, David Stewart MSP, has said he is shocked that the Scottish Government did not carry out a study into...

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Chris Conniff of Poolewe has been selected to contest the Ross Skye and Lochaber seat for the Scottish Labour Party in next May's general election. She topped a shortlist of candidates to win the support of the local party. 

Chris Conniff previously stood for the seat in 2005, providing a strong challenge and coming second to the Liberal Democrats, ahead of Conservatives (3rd) and SNP (4th).

Addressing supporters in Dingwall at the weekend, Ms Conniff said “The General Election on 7th May 2015 is absolutely pivotal and offers an important choice for voters”

Chris Conniff explained “we have a choice in May – it’s either more Tory government or it’s a Labour government committed to social justice across all of the UK.

“Ross Skye and Lochaber constituents need an MP who will work hard on their behalf, ensuring that Westminster policies reflect their needs and aspirations."

Welcoming the opportunity to contest the Ross Skye and Lochaber constituency, Ms Conniff continued: I invite all voters – especially those who have felt let down by the Liberals – to vote for the one alternative government. Labour will govern for the many, not the few.”

Ms Conniff formally appointed Les Hood as her Election Agent and he echoed the theme of Lib Dem /Conservative collusion:

“Sadly the present MP and his party have been used as cannon fodder for the Conservatives to rule at Westminster. Mr “Cannon-fodder Kennedy” may express less enthusiasm than his friend and Finance Minister Danny Alexander, but together they have helped ensure that millionaires received tax cuts while working families bore the brunt of the failures of the Finance sector.”

Mr Hood stated “Only a Labour Government can replace this failed Tory one; and Chris Conniff is ready and able to play her part, delivering real change for the Ross Skye and Lochaber constituency. “

 

Labour Candidate urges vote for change

Click here for Gaelic version Chris Conniff of Poolewe has been selected to contest the Ross Skye and Lochaber seat for the Scottish Labour Party in next May's general election....

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