Tim Brett (Scottish Liberal Democrats)

Who is he?

Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for North East Fife.

Tim Brett has lived in thconstituency since 1985, he has a 
wife and three adult children.

He is an Elder in the Church of Scotland and is trained as a health service manager.

Working life:

Mr Brett is a Fife Councillor and leader of the Liberal Democrats in the region. He was elected 12 years ago and was made leader of the local Lib Dems in 2012. 

He was Chief Executive of Ninewells Teaching Hospital in DundeeDirector of Health Protection Scotland, and has held other senior health service management roles. 

At University, Tim led an expedition to the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan and after graduating became a volunteer teacher with Volunteer Service Overseas in Sierra Leone, he later managed a mission hospital in the country. 

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 North East Fife

The constituency is the largest in Fife, in terms of landmass, it has a population of more than 75,000. St Andrews, Leven and Cupar are the largest towns.

St. Andrews is the home of golf, and along with the Old Course, features the town's University, which at 604, is the third oldest in the UK after Oxford and Cambridge.

The constituency contains 31 primary schools and four secondaries, which will reduce to three when Kirkland and Buckhaven merge.

Former MP Sir Menzies Campbell stepped down from his role after 27 years representing the area at Westminster. The Liberal Democrats are defending a majority of 9,048, he received 44.3% of the local vote in 2010. The Conservatives have finished second in every election Sir Ming has won, while the SNP gained the seat at the 2011 Scottish Parliamentary elections after 12 years of Lib Dem representation. Labour have traditionally finished third or fourth in this area.

The main constituency issues - in his opinion:

Who else is standing here:

Andy Collins, Scottish Greens

Brian Thomson, Labour

Huw Bell, Scottish Conservatives

Mike Scott-Hayward, Independent

Stephen Gethins, Scottish National Party

Why Tim Brett thinks you should vote for him: