Press Releases

Here’s to the Future

Ken O’Neill, Lothians’ newest independent candidate, has described how he sees his election campaign. He has also set out his plans for after polling day.

 Don’t Just Live Longer, Live Better!

Ken O’Neill, Lothians’ newest independent candidate, has called for new thinking about how we tackle health issues in Scotland. Mr O’Neill believes in a well managed and funded NHS Scotland but appreciates that the incoming government faces challenging budget constraints. To help ensure that Scotland can finance the health service, he has come up with some possible solutions.

Charity Begins in the Lothians for Independent Candidate

Ken O’Neill, Lothians’ newest independent candidate, has explained his manifesto promise to donate money from his monthly MSP salary to a local charity. If elected, Mr O’Neill has said he will give at least £100 to a Lothians charity, as chosen by people via a monthly poll on his website.

People & Traders Licking Their Lips over the Lolly

Ken O’Neill, Lothians’ newest independent candidate, has welcomed the reaction to his proposal for the area to have a local currency. Earlier in the campaign, Mr O’Neill proposed the creation of the Lothian Lolly to boost the local economy. Since then, residents, businesses and people from around the world have contacted him about the proposals.

Educating our Children – the Safest Investment in our Future

Ken O’Neill, Lothians’ newest independent candidate, has called for the next Scottish Government to ensure there is sufficient funding for the Early Years Framework. The Early Years Framework is an attempt by the previous administration and COSLA to break the negative cycle that is passed from one generation to another. In it, they seek to maximise positive opportunities for all children to get the the best start in life possible. However, two years into its ten year plan, funding is already an issue.

Independent Candidate Calls for New Thinking on Trams

Ken O’Neill, Lothians’ newest independent candidate, has called for a thorough audit of the Edinburgh Trams project. The call follows news that Edinburgh Council is ‘actively considering’ stopping the beleaguered project at Haymarket. This would mean that the trams would not run along Princes Street, Leith Walk or to Newhaven Pier. Mr O’Neill is concerned that given this was the initial plan for the project that it all calls into question the management and reality of re-introducing trams to Edinburgh.

Independent Network & Martin Bell Endorse Lothian Candidate

The Independent Network and Martin Bell OBE have endorsed Ken O’Neill, Lothians’ newest independent candidate. The Independent Network is a non-profit organisation that provides support to candidates who are not members of political parties. Mr O’Neill is one of four independent candidates standing at the Scottish Parliament elections endorsed by the Network.

Independent Candidate to Meet Public at Open Meeting

Ken O’Neill, Lothians’ newest independent candidate, has announced plans to hold an open meeting giving voters the opportunity to hear first hand why he is standing. The meeting will start with an introduction by Mr O’Neill where he will explain what he believes in and what he hopes to achieve if elected to Holyrood. The meeting is on Tuesday 3rd May in the Forest Café’s Hall.

Protect the Environment or the Economy will Suffer

Ken O’Neill, Lothians’ newest independent candidate, has called for Scotland to continue protecting the environment and realising its worth. The UK Government has suggested removing legislation that protects the environment and helps the country achieve its climate change targets. As the environment is a devolved issue, Mr O’Neill has called on Holyrood’s next session to not follow suit.

Further Call for PARC to Withdraw Cairntows Park Plans

Ken O’Neill, Lothians’ newest independent candidate, has written to every board member of PARC Craigmillar, Edinburgh Council’s arms-length housing firm.  Mr O’Neill asks the Board, who are meeting today, three questions about the proposals and the lack of forethought in the development plans.

Let’s Lick the Economy into Shape

Ken O’Neill, Lothians’ newest independent candidate, has called for the creation of local currency to boost the Lothian’s economy.  Local currencies help raise awareness of the area’s economy and how direct action can help it.  Since local currencies are only accepted within the community, their use encourages the purchase of locally-produced and locally-available goods and services.  This means that the community gains the benefit of the trade and less money goes to other parts of the country or the world.

Public Tell PARC – Leave Cairntows Park Alone!

Ken O’Neill, Lothians’ newest independent candidate, attended the Craigmillar Regeneration Forum meeting last night to protest against plans to build 145 houses on Cairntows Park.  The meeting, organised by the Neighbourhood Alliance on behalf of the Community Regeneration Forum, was attended by at least 80 people from a cross-section of society.  A presentation by ZM Architecture failed to address local residents concerns to destroy this local greenspace.  

Independent Candidate to Attend Tar Sands Event

Ken O’Neill, Lothians’ newest independent candidate, is attending a discussion on plans to extract oil from tar sands and the building of a super-pipeline through Northern Alberta, Canada.  The Royal Bank of Scotland, which the taxpayers own 84% of, is financing companies mining tar sands and planning to support the pipeline plans.

Independent Candidate Attends Disability Rights Protest

Ken O’Neill, Lothians’ newest independent candidate, is attending an event as part of today’s third National Day of Protest Against Benefits Cuts.   Events are organised throughout the UK, with Edinburgh hosting a protest outside the local ATOS office.   ATOS is the company responsible for Work Capability Assessment, a new and controversial computerised test that judges whether benefit claimants are genuinely sick or abusing the system.

Independent Calls for Plain Speaking

Ken O’Neill, Lothians’ newest independent candidate, has called for all politicians to speak honestly about the economy and financial matters. Mr O’Neill is standing on the Lothian regional list in May’s elections. He has called for a move away from jargon and a more honest analysis of financial results.

New Independent Lothian Candidate Launches Manifesto

Lothians’ newest independent candidate has launched Time for A Different Voice – A Manifesto for the Lothians. Ken O’Neill is standing on the Lothian regional list in May’s elections. His manifesto, available online, presents voters with an insight into his beliefs and his principals.

New Independent Lothian Candidate Makes Hustings Début

Lothians’ newest independent candidate made his hustings début at the Edinburgh City Chambers last night.  Ken O’Neill appeared alongside nine other Lothian region candidates at the event organised by Edinburgh’s Active Citizenship Group.  The event, chaired by Lesley Riddoch, gave each of the candidates a chance to introduce themselves and answer questions from the audience.

New Independent Candidate Launches Campaign

A new independent candidate has launched his campaign to represent Lothian voters at Holyrood.   Ken O’Neill is standing on the Lothians region list for election at May’s Scottish Parliament elections.   He is offering a different view and seeking to bring grown up behaviour to Scottish politics.

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