Labour and Co-operative
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.