For­mer First Min­is­ter in town

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Countdown -

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”

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