Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown went door to door in Lochside this morning as he continues to engage the public about Labour's involvement with the Better Together campaign.
'We can't sit back and allow what looks like a very good lead in current polls to just say well we are home and dry and everything will be fine. We need to hear what people are saying, we need to listen to the concerns they have and try and explain our interpretations of facts and figures.'
– Russell Brown MP
The canvassing comes ahead of the publication of the Independence White Paper on Tuesday by the SNP.
Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown has welcomed the official opening of Stranraer's West Pier.
The refurbished Pier has been opened following a £650,000 investment by Dumfries and Galloway Council.
"Dumfries and Galloway council are to be congratulated on the work to bring this historic pier back into public use.
"There has been a lot of debate locally about what the projects in Stranraer the council should and shouldn't spend its limited resources on, but I believe the West Pier refurbishment has widespread community support.
"However, the real challenge now is the regeneration of the East Pier and the wider Waterfront.
"The council simply can't do that on its own. Scottish Government Ministers need to do more than simply turn up for a photocall on the Waterfront."
“The next year is one of the biggest is Scotland’s history as we decide where our future lies. Do we separate Scotland from the rest of the United Kingdom or maintain the Union.
"It is therefore a great honour to be appointed as a Shadow Minister in Labour’s Scotland Office team and to be asked to play a key role in making the case that Scotland is better together.
"However, as well as making the case for Scotland to remain as part of the UK, I will also be focusing on holding the UK Tory led Coalition’s Government to account. These are really tough times for Scots.
"No more so than here in Dumfries and Galloway. We are in the midst of a jobs crisis, living standards are falling and people are really worried about the future. More than ever, people in our area need a strong voice fighting their corner”
Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown has been appointed as Shadow Scotland Office Minister, as part of Ed Miliband’s Shadow Cabinet reshuffle which took place this week.
Russell Brown will join Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland Margaret Curran in shadowing the newly appointed Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael MP as well as his Deputy David Mundell MP.
Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown has invited a number of local organisations to come together and help find a way of creating more employment in the area.
Members from Dumfries and Galloway Council, the UK Government Department of Work and Pensions and Chambers of Commerce are attending a jobs summit in Dumfries after Mr Brown raised concerns over the state of the local economy.
Mr Brown said:
"Amidst all the national debate over whether the UK economy is or is not growing again, what is clear is there has been a seismic decline in the local economy over the past two years, which has seen unemployment rise above the rest of UK and average wages plummet.
"The UK Government often argues that the loss of public sector jobs isn't a problem, because up to a million private sector jobs have been created across the UK to replace them.
"However, when you analyse those figures closely you see that in Dumfries and Galloway the number of private sector jobs is actually falling, and this is on top of the huge cuts in jobs in the public sector such as the council.
"Our region is losing well paid jobs in manufacturing on an almost weekly basis at the moment, and what jobs are being created tend to be lower paid, hence the fact that average wages are also on the decline locally."
Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown warned Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon not to come to Stranraer "empty handed".
Mr Brown wrote to Ms Sturgeon asking her to use the visit to announce significant Scottish Government investment, to help boost the regeneration of the town.
"It has taken Nicola Sturgeon seven months to visit Stranraer, so we can only hope that when she does come to the town she isn't empty handed. More than ever Stranraer needs a major injection of Government funding to really kick start the regeneration of the town.
"She could go a long way to showing a commitment to Stranraer by re-instating the £8 million Scottish Enterprise originally promised for regeneration but failed to deliver on".