Midlothian North: Iain Whyte, Scottish Conservatives - Scottish Parliament elections 2021
As a seasoned campaigner, this election has been very different in terms of being able to engage with voters, but it remains crucial here in Midlothian North and Musselburgh.
If fortunate enough to be elected, I will be fully focused on our recovery.
That is in stark contrast to the Scottish National Party who want to hold another independence referendum within the next two years.
I will be focused on delivering for local people.
I am backing Scottish Conservative plans for a local policing act to deliver more police on our streets to keep our communities safe.
The Scottish National Party have failed miserably to reduce the attainment gap in our schools.
We will recruit 3,000 additional teachers, including 56 in Midlothian and 57 in East Lothian, while working with our universities to deliver positive destinations for school leavers.
I’ve seen first-hand the devastating effects of Scottish National Party cuts being passed down to our councils.
We will put into law a fair funding deal for local authorities meaning they will always get a guaranteed share of the Scottish budget to protect vital services and jobs.
While it was right that our National Health Service prioritised tackling the many Covid cases, we must ensure they have the resources to tackle the backlog of treatments and procedures that patients are waiting on.
That’s why we will deliver £2 billion extra for our National Health Service over the course of the next Parliament.
Only a vote for me and the Scottish Conservatives will ensure we focus on these issues as we recover rather than being dragged into another referendum.