COM­MONS

Mar­garet Ferrier ar­rives in Lon­don as part of SNP band

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Reaction - Dou­glas Dickie

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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