Former First Minister in town
Only a vote for Labour can freeze energy bills and repeal the bedroom tax, according to Rutherglen and Hamilton West candidate, Tom Greatrex.
Mr Greatrex made the claim during a visit to the local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) last week.
He was joined by MSP James Kelly in learning about the increases in clients seeking help paying energy bills, as well as the impact of the government’s welfare reform on Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
As Labour’s energy spokesperson, Mr Greatrex has pledged an energy price freeze across the UK, claiming it would save families on average £120 on their bills.
He said: “Labour is the only party who will freeze energy prices.
“I know how much of a difference this will make for working families, especially here in Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
“Under David Cameron, energy bills have risen by an average £300 in Scotland. Voting Labour is the only way to kick out the Tories and tackle fuel poverty.”
Speaking about poverty, he added: “Scottish Labour has a plan to stop the need for food banks. It is a disgrace that working people are finding themselves unable to feed their families.
“During my time as the MP for Rutherglen and Cambuslang over the past five years, hearing about people stuck on zero hours contracts and poverty pay was far too common.
“A Labour government will ban exploitative zero hours contracts and increase the minimum wage.
“By increasing the top rate of tax for the wealthiest earners and introducing a mansion tax, we will raise £2billion every year over the next five years for Scotland. This is the plan Scotland needs - only a Labour vote will secure it.”
Mr Greatrex also this week pledged to campaign against the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act.
He and anti-knife crime and former Yes campaigner John Tierney, joined forces to come out against the law.
Mr Greatrex said: “It’s no surprise that a leading Sheriff called the law ‘mince.’ It is an Act in search of headlines rather than progress.
“Relationships between fans and police have only worsened and there’s no evidence that it has had any effect on reducing intolerance and bigotry.” Rutherglen and Hamilton West ’ s SNP candidate Margaret Ferrier welcomed former first minister Alex Salmond to the constituency for the final weekend of campaigning.
Mr Salmond, who is standing in the Gordon seat, met supporters in Hamilton to try and win vital votes.
He told the crowd he wanted more women at Parliament to make sure he “did what he was telt,” adding:: “Scotland is about to make a statement, a statement of huge importance and we should make sure that statement is so clear, so unmistakable that no-one, regardless of political configuration at Westminster, can be under any doubt of misapprehension.
“That statement is that this country shall never be ignored again. We shall not be sold down the river, we shall not have promises betrayed and we will extend the hand of friendship to other progressive forces across the UK to try and change Scotland and change politics for the better.”
Mr Salmond was in the constituency the same day Scottish Labour leader, Jim Murphy, and Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, were also here.
Ms Ferrier said: “It was really good to meet Alex and I thank him for his support.
“His speech was well received by all present, in particular when he said ‘that a large number of SNP MP’s would make sure Scotland will not be sold down the river and have promises betrayed’.
“I personally liked his quip when he said that he looked forward to all the women SNP MP’s ‘making sure he did what he was telt’.
“He really gave our campaign a boost for the final week and his speech on Rutherglen SNP’s Facebook page has already been viewed by over 26,000 people.”
Campaign Margaret Ferrier (third from left) joined other SNP supporters when Alex Salmond arrived in the constituency last week
Van man Tom Greatrex, launched his ad van in Cambuslang with the tagline “The only way to defeat the Tories is to vote Labour”