Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Countdown -

Ste­wart McDon­ald

I’m stand­ing in this elec­tion be­cause I want to make the South­side of Glas­gow a bet­ter place. I was born in Castlemilk, and have spent most of my adult life here. I know the South­side will do well when there are more SNP MPs at West­min­ster, ar­gu­ing our cor­ner, en­sur­ing we have the pow­ers re­quired to make peo­ple’s lives bet­ter

Through my own ex­pe­ri­ences, from fam­ily and friends, and from my own work, I know what peo­ple are go­ing through in the com­mu­ni­ties of Glas­gow South: A re­cov­ery that isn’t be­ing felt by nearly enough peo­ple, the aus­ter­ity and cuts which are hit­ting the most vul­ner­a­ble hard­est, and a re­mote group of politi­cians who don’t un­der­stand the lives of or­di­nary peo­ple.

It’s time to have an MP who un­der­stands this - SNP MPs will vote to end aus­ter­ity, the cuts, and the bed­room tax.

We’ll com­pli­ment the work al­ready un­der­taken by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to make real jobs the ba­sis of a fairer re­cov­ery: vot­ing to in­crease the min­i­mum wage to £8.70, and clamp­ing down on the zero- hours con­tracts that keep so many work­ing in poverty.

We can af­ford to do this be­cause I will also be vot­ing to scrap the multi- bil­lion pound Tri­dent nu­clear weapons sys­tem, and to take a harder line on those com­pa­nies and peo­ple who cost the econ­omy bil­lions in tax each year.

Fi­nally, scrap­ping the un­elected House of Lords will al­low us to spend the sav­ings wisely.

I want to be an MP who is vis­i­ble and ac­ces­si­ble to my con­stituents - I know from speak­ing to peo­ple on the doors that the want some­one who’ll lis­ten to their con­cerns.

This Thurs­day, I know many will be vot­ing SNP for the first time, and I want to thank them for their sup­port - this is such an im­por­tant elec­tion and its time that we make Glas­gow South and Scot­land’s voice heard.

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