Labour and Co-op­er­a­tive

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Countdown -

To­mor­row Re­former read­ers will be able to cast their votes in the most im­por­tant gen­eral elec­tion in a gen­er­a­tion.

The opin­ion polls in other parts of the UK show that the race be­tween five more years of Ge­orge Os­borne’s poli­cies un­der a Tory gov­ern­ment, or real change un­der Labour, is neck and neck.

Af­ter the elec­tion, we will ei­ther have a Tory gov­ern­ment or a Labour gov­ern­ment – and it looks likely that the de­ci­sions we take in Scot­land will de­ter­mine which it is.

The im­por­tance of a change of gov­ern­ment is in the change of ap­proach – for more fair­ness in tax­a­tion by re­vers­ing the Tory in­come tax cut for mil­lion­aires, for in­vest­ment in our NHS through a UK wide man­sion tax, get­ting rid of the bed­room tax for good and us­ing the money saved here to tackle poverty and pre­vent peo­ple be­ing re­liant on food­banks, ban­ning ex­ploita­tive zero hours con­tracts, in­creas­ing the min­i­mum wage and re­duc­ing the deficit through eco­nomic growth not swinge­ing cuts.

It is about fair­ness and de­cency, and the type of coun­try we want to be. Those things will only hap­pen with a Labour gov­ern­ment, and a Labour gov­ern­ment will only be elected if peo­ple vote for it.

This elec­tion is also about the choice of your rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Par­lia­ment.

I have had the priv­i­lege of do­ing that job for the past five years, tak­ing up more than 5,000 cases and rais­ing the is­sues that mat­ter on be­half of con­stituents both in Par­lia­ment and through the me­dia.

If I am re- elected, I will con­tinue to speak up for peo­ple here, and chal­lenge the poli­cies of UK and Scot­tish gov­ern­ments if they are not work­ing.

I will not be in­tim­i­dated from chal­leng­ing bod­ies like NHS La­nark­shire when they do not lis­ten to the con­cerns of lo­cal peo­ple.

Tom Greatrex

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