Falkirk East candidate, Peter Krykant, independent: Scottish Parliament elections 2021:
One in five Falkirk Bairns live in poverty, with high youth unemployment, rural areas with limited heating options, rising public transport costs, difficulty accessing health services, spiralling mental health and drug issues, school funding cuts, and an underfunded council.
I speak to these issues from experience, growing-up the grandson and son of coalminers, struggling in my youth with mental health and drug addiction, leaving school without qualifications, and spiralling into homelessness.
I am not ashamed of my past, but proud of the changes I made achieving qualifications, a successful 20-year career in business management, and a recent career change to health and social care - helping others recover stability through care, compassion, and service access.
I live in the Falkirk area with my wife, a university Professor, and our two boys.
In addition to my experience, qualifications, and service to the most vulnerable in Scotland, I bring passion and compassion to represent your needs as a community.
I promise to listen to all local voices, engaging across party lines, seeking solutions for post-covid recovery for small business, and investment in Falkirk Council’s education, social-care, and health services.
As the parties move towards a referendum post-Brexit, we must have local voices represented.
I can truly fight for investment in our local economy and will not ‘toe a party-political line’.
The choice in Falkirk is clear, ‘politics as usual’- including those with no connection to our area and beholden to their parties - or a local Bairn who will stand up for Falkirk.