Margaret Ferrier arrives in London as part of SNP band
Rutherglen and Hamilton West’s new MP says she hopes to stand up for small businesses during her stint at Westminster.
Margaret Ferrier made the plea after her stunning election victory over Labour in last week’s General Election.
She overturned the second biggest majority in Scotland to take the seat with a majority of nearly 10,000 of her own.
Speaking from London, Margaret said she would do what it takes to help support local regeneration, as well as campaigning on national issues such as Trident and austerity.
She told the Reformer: “On a local level, I’m really keen to listen to small- and medium-sized businesses to see how I can assist them.
“That’s one of the big things being spoken about. There’s a lot of areas in need of regeneration and I’m happy to speak to anyone who wants to come to me with ideas.
“On a national level, one of the things quite close to my heart is that the Human Rights Act is not repealed, and also when we vote on Trident, I will be voting against it.
“I’m already dealing with constituents inquiries so I’ve hit the ground running.
“I’ve already had a lot of emails and I’ve been working from the House of Commons.”
Margaret reckons there were a number of factors at play in her stunning victory last Thursday. She said: “I think, on a national level, the Labour Party did not resonate with the public.
“I believe they had started to take people and votes for granted and that’s one thing we did not do.
“We spoke to as many people as we could and listened to what they had to say.
“I also believe Nicola Sturgeon, in the leader’s debates, had a good impact on our local campaign. Everyone we spoke to said how well she was coming across.
“All in all, the result fitted in with what we were hearing on the doorsteps.”
Margaret and her colleagues have been the talk of Westminster since they turned the Scottish
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