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General election

Name: Brian Pope

Standing for: Glasgow North

Brian Pope is in no doubt that more civil engineers should get involved in politics. Indeed, in his campaign newsletter he unashamedly announces the fact that not only is he a civil engineer, but a proud member of the ICE.

For him, being an engineer could make the difference as he bids to become a rare thing - a Scottish Conservative MP.

Pope plans to play the engineer card strongly in his main election campaign - saving Glasgow North's Accident & Emergency Hospital which is threatened by plans to cut the number of A&E hospitals in Glasgow from five to two.

'There is a real transport problem transferring to two A&E's and we are calling for a third, at Gartnaval General.

We've got heavy congestion in the city centre at peak times and we are concerned that lives will be put at risk.

Pope is not campaigning on healthcare alone. He wants to encourage 14 year olds into further education colleges so they can learn a trade and escape the unemployment trap.

He is also campaigning for lower business taxes and for cash to build long-awaited upgrades of the M74 into Glasgow and the A75 from Carlisle to the port of Stranraer.

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