DUSA General Election Debate

April 20, 2015 | DUSA The Union

On the 30th April DUSA will be hosting our very own General Election Debate. The event will take place from 6pm in Air Bar. Come along and question your local candidates!

We asked each of the candidates to send us a short bio, to tell us a little bit more about themselves.

Chris Law – SNP


Chris, a local businessman who employs a small team in the financial sector, was a leading Yes campaigner during the referendum and founder of the Spirit of Independence road tour.

Dundee West is a key target seat for the SNP in the General Election and Chris Law, who has lived in the West End for 30 years, began his first campaigning session as a Prospective Parliamentary Candidate alongside local SNP MSP Joe FitzPatrick and Dundee East MP Stewart Hosie, Deputy Leader of the SNP.

Chris has said: “It is an honour and a privilege to have been selected to carry the SNP banner in Dundee West and I will work hard to win the seat and take the campaign to every door in the constituency. It is the last piece of the jigsaw for Dundee and I’m determined to be a strong voice for the people of Dundee West at Westminster.”

Daniel Coleman – Liberal Democrats


McManus Award Winner 2013, Daniel has been Chairman of the Dundee Youth Council, a former Deputy Head Boy at St Paul’s RC Academy and student at the University of Dundee, and has represented the city as a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament.
Born in St Mary’s and educated at Hillside Primary School, Lawside RC Academy, St Paul’s RC Academy and currently the University of Dundee, Daniel is determined to bring in a new, fresh and vibrant face to politics in Dundee. On leaving secondary school, Daniel became the sole Scottish representative on the British Youth Select Committee at Westminster on Education issues, where he took his experience of the Curriculum for Excellence to discuss issues with a wide UK audience.
Daniel has also worked in various charity events, including arranging charity football games for Children’s Hospice Association Scotland and other Local Charities.

Jim McFarlane – Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition


Jim is a local government worker and Branch Secretary of Dundee City UNISON (Public Sector trade Union) representing workers on a day to day basis.
He is anti-austerity and believes that the rich and big business should be paying for the economic crisis not ordinary people.
He has been a socialist activist in Dundee for over 20 years taking part in anti-racist campaigns, helped organise the successful Bin The Bedroom Tax campaign in Dundee, and is very active within his own community as a resident in the Ardler area of Dundee West.
Jim states that he is opposed to all forms of discrimination, wants a future for young people and supports the return of a living grant for all students.
He was a lead organiser for the Socialist Campaign for Independence during last year’s referendum as well as being a member of the Trade Unionists for Independence Group.

Michael Marra – Labour


Michael was born and raised in Dundee West where he lives with his wife and children. A father of three and a grandfather, he was educated at St Joseph’s Primary and St. John’s High School in the city. He now works in the University of Dundee applying his skills and experience as an economist and working for Oxfam to help businesses to create new jobs.

Nicola Ross – Conservatives


Nicola is a proud Dundonian who has lived in the Dundee West constituency for 30 years with a good understanding of the issues that people living in Dundee West feel strongly about.
She is a graduate of the University of Dundee with an undergraduate degree in Politics and a Masters degree in Community Learning and Development.
She has experience of working in front line services for local government and one of Scotland’s leading disability charities with a good insight into how they respond to the needs of the communities they serve.
Nicola has a personal experience of disability, due to having a mild form of Cerebral Palsy. She is passionate about the equality of opportunity for all.

Pauline Hinchion – Green Party


Pauline Hinchion is co-convenor of Dundee and Angus Green Party.
Originally from Cork, Dundee has been her home for 15 years. She is currently working to create a Social Bank and she is also a trustee with 2 local environmental charities.