(NOTE: We contested this election under our old name 'A Better Britain - Unionist Party')
We are pleased to announce our next candidate: Jamie Donaldson will be contesting Glenrothes North, Lesie and Markinch in the local elections this Thursday 4th May. Below is a short Q&A interview to give a little information about Jamie and why he has decided to stand for the Unionist Party. Information on our other candidates will follow shortly.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I am 35 years old and grew up here in Cadham, attending both Pitcoudie primary and Glenrothes high schools. I have a BEng in Naval Architecture from Glasgow University and I worked in the Aberdeen oil industry for almost 10 years before I lost my job in the oil price crash. I am currently working in a pub and consider myself to have a strong work ethic and outgoing character.
2. Why did you decide to stand for the Unionist Party?
The refusal of the SNP to honour the result of the independence referendum, and their continued pursuit of the politics of hate and division angered me. I decided I could no longer stand on the sidelines and accept the constant attacks, grievances and unjustified hatred of our country. I became disillusioned with the main parties’ inability to properly stand up to and counter the SNP or to promote Britishness. Their preference of attacking each other over petty differences in the face of the current threat left me searching for an alternative which I found in the Unionist Party, who look beyond these differences and offer an outlet to those wishing to move forward together for the whole of Great Britain.
I also believe that Britain should leave the EU, not because I am against its ideals but because of how it has refused to adapt or listen to the concerns of the people of Europe and has instead pushed its own agenda at the cost of the rich cultural and historical identities of Europe. The Unionist party will be a voice for the more than 1 million people in Scotland who helped make Brexit possible.
3. What is your political background?
Until I decided to stand I would have described myself as politically neutral. I have voted for the majority of the main parties in the past and tend to consider the individual merits of a manifesto or the personality of the candidate of higher importance than party loyalty. I was not heavily involved in the Better Together campaign but decided to act as a result of the television debate where I listened to the SNP promote extreme falsehoods and distortion of our history and engineering realities, particularly with regards to shipbuilding on the Clyde, a subject I am highly familiar with. Since then I have campaigned across Scotland for the Lib Dems, Conservatives, Labour and now the Unionist Party as I firmly believe that we have to work together given the current political circumstances in Scotland, and that one of the great strengths of Unionism is its inherent partnership of political differences for the greater good of everyone.
4. What would you do for your constituents in the ward?
As well as providing a strong voice for Unionism and Great Britain, I would use my experience gained in organising resources to try to improve the efficiency of council services and the prioritising of such services for the ward. I have seen the area deteriorate over the years since I was a child and I would devote my energies to reversing that trend.
5. How confident are you about the election?
The key will be turnout and unionists using all their available votes. If enough people who have had enough of the endless grievances of the SNP and their neverendum come out to vote then I believe we can do well. At the end of the day the message of what I believe in is more important to me than getting elected and I want to give an alternative to the entrenched party positions which have done so little for the material benefit of the people of the ward and have only stoked division. Every great party starts from small beginnings and I am confident that regardless of the result we can be a real force in local and then national politics.
If you would like to help out with Jamie's campaign, find out more about candidates in your area or even consider standing yourself, please get in touch with us through the 'Contact Us' section of this website.