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Katy Gordon selected for East Dunbartonshire, makes education top priority

Katy Gordon - Lib Dem candidate

Liberal Democrats in East Dunbartonshire have announced Katy Gordon as their Scottish candidate for the Holyrood election.

Katy has campaigned alongside Jo Swinson for several years and was her campaign manager for 2015.

She also has over 20 years experience working in careers guidance and project management and is currently employed as head of the careers Service at Strathclyde University.

Ms Gordon said: “I am pleased to accept the Lib Dem nomination for Strathkelvin and Bearsden. My number one priority in this campaign is about raising educational standards as well as delivering more accountability in local policing and improving performances in hospital services.” [Kirkintilloch Herald]

In highlighting education, Katy Gordon is following the lead set by Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie who has been seeking to put education back at the top of both the Liberal Democrat and wider political agenda:

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have called for Scotland’s income tax rates to rise across the board by a penny…

Willie Rennie, leader of the Scottish Lib Dems, said the increase should come into force from 1 April to raise £475m each year and fund “the biggest investment in education since devolution” in 1999.

Rennie said the tax rise, which would still see bills fall slightly for the lowest earners due to increases in the basic personal allowance, was urgently needed.

“A Scottish education was once the envy of the world,” he said. “It has fallen hard and fast. But we have the plan that will put it right back up there.”

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