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Charles Kennedy writes: Time to dig deep and believe

April 4, 2015 11:08 AM
By Charles Kennedy in Liberal Democrat Voice
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

Well, you will have heard it time and time before. Commentators will tell us that we simply cannot win, opposition will tell us that we simply don't matter. I can tell you, they are all wrong.

This General Election will be the hardest fought in our history. However, there has never been a more important time to stick our head above the parapet and make the unambiguous case for a strong liberal voice in politics. I for one am up for the challenge.

I have been an MP for over 30 years (a point my campaign team like to emphasise more than I). I am often asked what motivates me to stay the course. My motivation is straight forward; my motivation is to fight on the issues that matter for the people of Ross, Skye and Lochaber.

In Ross, Skye and Lochaber it is a two horse race between myself and the SNP. The race is between two competing views of the world. Indeed, our views on the NHS contrasts the options well.

The SNP's record on our health services is shocking. On their watch cancer treatment targets have been missed, A&E services have come under threat and NHS Highland has been neglected to the tune of £35million. The SNP have taken their eye of the ball.

Since I was first elected I have always fought to put local health services at the top of the agenda. That's why Liberal Democrats and I have committed, for Scotland, to an £800million funding promise. Our fantastic doctors and nurses must have the resources they need. This is about our friends and family.

You know what is coming next. This is when I ask you to dig deep and help the campaign.

You will have seen the Ashcroft poll. Ross, Skye and Lochaber is really too close to call. It is one of the toughest fights I have ever faced, but I am up for it. This is not about me, it is about the need for a Liberal Democrat vision serving the people of Ross, Skye and Lochaber in the next Parliament.

At the moment, my campaign team tells me that to achieve our ambitions in this campaign we need to raise more money. Can you help me close the gap by donating today?

Thank you so much for your contribution - it really is the virtual version of passing the bucket around a hall. Every pound you donate will help us deliver a bigger and better campaign in Ross, Skye and Lochaber and make a real difference to the result in May.

* Charles Kennedy is the Liberal Democrat candidate in Ross, Skye & Lochaber and was MP until dissolution of Parliament on 30 March 2015