Towers pass safety checks across area

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It has now been over a month since I had the hon­our to be elected MP for Coat­bridge, Chrys­ton & Bell­shill.

It has been 21 days since the tragedy in Gren­fell Tower, Kens­ing­ton, which shook the na­tion when so many lives were lost due to poor fire safety and un­suit­able cladding.

I trust I speak for the whole con­stituency when I say that we stand with Gren­fell.

Af­ter the event I vis­ited many of the high-rise flats in the con­stituency talk­ing to the res­i­dents about any is­sues they have in their own ten­an­cies.

I was de­ter­mined to en­sure that all checks were car­ried out and North La­nark­shire Coun­cil has now done so.

All safety checks have been car­ried out in all tower blocks and all have passed fire safety tests.

I’ve now made my maiden speech in the House of Com­mons. I chose to fo­cus on the is­sues that af­fect the peo­ple of Coat­bridge, Chrys­ton & Bell­shill.

I spoke about the fact that, here in La­nark­shire, we were once one of the in­dus­trial pow­er­houses of Bri­tain.

Peo­ple from near and far would travel to Coat­bridge and the sur­round­ing ar­eas look­ing for qual­ity work – now that the work has gone we have had noth­ing to re­place it.

Our once-great area is now rife with zero-hour con­tracts, rogue land­lords and un­em­ploy­ment: only a Labour gov­ern­ment led by Jeremy Cor­byn can make the changes we need.

They say that a week is a long time in pol­i­tics and Theresa May has proven just that. It seems that with ev­ery day that goes by the Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment reach a new level of hypocrisy.

While risk­ing peace in North­ern Ire­land, Mrs May has en­sured her mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment can con­tinue to dec­i­mate work­ers’ rights and slash the vi­tal pub­lic ser­vices we the peo­ple pay for.

The Labour party are no longer the Op­po­si­tion in West­min­ster – we are the gov­ern­ment-in-wait­ing.

It is only a mat­ter of time un­til the di­vi­sions be­tween the DUP and back­bench Con­ser­va­tive MPs arise and when they do we will be ready to lead.

Within the con­stituency we have both good news and bad news.

I am happy to an­nounce that the GBS re­cy­cling plant that was caus­ing the in­fes­ta­tion of flies through­out the area has now been closed as a re­sult of a Sepa re­view.

The un­for­tu­nate story is that the pro­posed CoGen plant in Carn­broe seeks to al­ter ex­ist­ing per­mis­sion and in­crease the amount pro­cessed at the plant from 180,000 to 256,000 tonnes per year.

If this goes ahead, the area will see a rise in traf­fic from 50 to 104 ve­hi­cle trips per day to and from the site.

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Safety first Dun­beth Tower, along with all the oth­ers across North La­nark­shire, have passed fire checks

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