Sally Pattle is lucky enough to live and work in Linlithgow and East Falkirk, so she knows how special the area is. As the manager of an independent bookshop, she already campaigns for real reform of business rates to keep our High Streets as the beating hearts of our towns and ensuring local employment and fairer taxation to help everyone enjoy better living standards. Sally also works with local schools and other providers to improve literacy and engagement with education to help close the attainment gap. One way in which she does this is the West Lothian Schools Festival which she founded in 2015. This free festival is open to all schools in the West Lothian and helps pupils make the connection between reading, writing and creative thinking.
She values the peace and prosperity being at the heart of the European Union provides us. The freedom to live, work and travel within European borders. The ability to compete in the largest and most open trading social market economy in the world, one which fosters growth and tackles behemoths like Amazon to create a level playing field for all businesses, large and small.
Linlithgow and East Falkirk deserves the best and that can only be delivered if we stay in the EU as a family of nations. Sally believes that once Article 50 has been revoked, we can focus on building a fairer, more equal society. We can tackle the climate emergency, invest in crucial early childcare and transform the way we deal with mental health. These are the building blocks from which we can create a better society for everyone, inclusive and open with fewer borders and less chaos: togetherness, not division.
That’s the kind of Britain Sally is campaigning for and being a part of the European Union is at the heart of that vision.