Burns encourages Dundee groups to participate in red tape review

Local campaigner and businesswoman Alison Burns is encouraging businesses and voluntary groups in Dundee to take part in a review which will recommend how best to cut red tape.. She was responding to a request from Mark Prisk MP, UK Minister of State for Business, for small businesses and other groups to come forward and provide details of bureaucracy that they feel causes unnecessary burdens for them.

The call comes as the UK government starts to introduce a range of measures designed to reduce bureaucracy, including a pledge to introduce a ‘one in, one out’ rule, under which no new regulation would be brought in without other regulation being cut by the same amount.

Commenting, Dundee West Lib Dem Scottish Parliamentary candidate Ms Burns said:

‘As someone who has started and built an international business from Dundee I am acutely aware of the red tape that entrepreneurs, businesses and voluntary groups have to deal with on a daily basis.  The Lib Dems in government have made a commitment to cut red tape and make it easier for people to establish new businesses, voluntary groups or charities.  I would encourage anyone who has been frustrated by unecessary bureaucracy to make a submission to the review.’


Individuals or groups wishing to make a submission should contact red.tape.taskforce@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk

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Well known Dundee lawyer and jazz singer Alison Burns has become the new Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for Dundee West in advance of next years Scottish Parliamentary elections.  Alison’s life, which saw her go from being the first female apprentice engineer at Timex, to a lawyer and tutor at Dundee University and then onto international success as a jazz singer, reflects the modern City of Dundee with its combination of industry, academia and the arts.

Following the announcement of her selection as the Lib Dem candidate Alison said:

It’s a real honour to have been selected as the Lib Dem candidate for Dundee West, the city where I was born, grew up in and love.  I am not a career politician but I got involved in politics because I feel passionate about creating a fairer Scotland and a more prosperous and vibrant Dundee.  I hope to knock on thousands of doors over the coming months and personally meet with as many local residents as possible in order to act on their concerns to establish a credible alternative to Labour and the SNP in Dundee.

Brought up in Downfield in Dundee and educated at St. Columba’s Primary Dundee, Lawside Academy Secondary Dundee and the University of Dundee, Alison Burns brings wide ranging experience and energy to politics.  On leaving secondary school Alison became one of the first female apprentice engineers at Timex in 1977 before going on to work for British Telecom in Dundee as a draftsperson.  In 1987 she decided to follow her love of the arts by becoming a professional actress working at Dundee Rep before going on to present TV shows for Channel 4 and BBC Scotland as well as acting in theatre, television and film.  Around this time her career as a singer was also taking off as she worked with Danny Wilson, Michael Marra and co-founded the well known Dundee singing group The Penny Dainties.  In 1992 she went to college and studied to attain the academic qualifications to be accepted into the Law Faculty at the University of Dundee.  Upon graduation she worked as a solicitor for Thorntons WS in Dundee and Arbroath before moving on to becoming a consultant for leading London law firm.  In 2001 she co-founded a successful music company as well as becoming a trustee for a charity.  She joined the Liberal Democrats in 2005 and acted as campaign manager for a number of Parliamentary election campaigns as well as working to increase the number of female candidates in the party.  Alison now sits on the board of Dundee University Students Association (DUSA) as an external trustee and is a practising solicitor specialising in Intellectual Property law.

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About Alison Burns

Born in Dundee and now living in the Angus Glens, lawyer Alison Burns is an experienced, energetic and professional Parliamentary candidate who has campaigned in Scottish, Westminster, local and European elections.

Alison was the first female apprentice engineer at Timex before going on to study law and tutor in Company Law at Dundee University where she now sits as an external trustee of the Students Association.

No stranger to dealing with the media Alison is also an award winning jazz singer and actress having performed concerts throughout the world as well as the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. She has performed with with Bill Wyman, Michael Marra & Mick Hucknall as well as presenting TV shows for BBC Scotland and Channel 4 and acted alongside
Elizabeth Hurley.
She co-founded a charity promoting music in schools across Scotland and also sits on the board of Nordoff Robbins Scotland, a charity which specialises in using music to transform the lives of children constrained by disability, trauma or isolation.

Alison is married to James, an entrepreneur, and her hobbies include cycling, reading, singing and learning to play the guitar.

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