Jane Ann Liston (Scottish Liberal Democrats)

Who is she?

Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for Glenrothes.

Jane Anne was born and brought up in Edinburgh, and has lived in Fife
for more than 30 years, she currently stays in St Andrews.

She has contested one parliamentary election before, coming third in Central Fife in the first Holyrood election in 1999.

Working life:

Jane Ann is a double graduate of the University of St Andrews. She has an “extensive” background in IT, from mainframes to micros, and was a member of Fife Council for its first 12 years, 1995-2007. Ms Liston is also Secretary of campaign group Railfuture Scotland and Treasurer of geoHeritage Fife.

Jane Ann stood in the Glenrothes West council by-election two months ago, coming fifth with 61 votes.

Scottish Liberal Democrats election pledges:

  • To balance the budget by cutting less than the Conservatives and spending less than Labour or the SNP. 

  • To increase tax-free allowance to £12,500, and increase tax on high earners. 

  • To spend £2.5 billion to guarantee education funding from nursery to age 19 and to ensure a qualified teacher is in every class. 

  • To increase NHS focus on mental health issues and invest £8 billion in the health service. 

  • New laws to tackle climate change and help wildlife.

About Glenrothes

Glenrothes was built in 1948, Scotland's second post-war town, to house miners from the Rothes Colliery. It's the administrative centre of Fife, with the local authority and Fife Division of Police Scotland based in the constituency. 

The other major towns and villages here are Methil, Buckhaven and the Wemyss villages, as well as Markinch, Leslie, and Thornton

This area has some of the highest levels of deprivation in Scotland, with many communities among the 5% worst off in the country, and thousands of parents and children using foodbanks over the last two years.

The constituency is home to 22 primary schools and three secondaries.

Former MP Lindsay Roy stepped down after seven years representing the area at Westminster. The seat replaced Central Fife in 2005,  and includes small parts of the Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline East constituencies. Labour have won both parliamentary elections in the 10 year history of the constituency. The party is defending a majority of 16,448, when Mr Roy attracted 62.3% of the vote at the 2010 UK General Election. The SNP won the equivalent seat during the 2011 Scottish elections, before Tricia Marwick became independent in order to become Presiding Officer at Holyrood. A recent by-election swung the local council area committee from Labour to the SNP. The Liberal Democrats and Conservatives traditionally finish third and fourth.

The main constituency issues - in her opinion

Who else is standing here:

Alex Stewart-Clark, Scottish Conservative

Melanie Ward, Scottish Labour

Peter Grant, Scottish National Party

Why Jane Anne Liston thinks you should vote for her: