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Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Reaction -

elec­toral map yel­low last week. Their ar­rival in Lon­don brought out a large press con­tin­gent on Mon­day.

Mar­garet reck­ons it’s im­por­tant they play a part in op­po­si­tion against the Con­ser­va­tive ma­jor­ity.

“There’s real ex­cite­ment that we can re­ally put for­ward what is im­por­tant to the peo­ple of Scot­land and the peo­ple of our con­stituen­cies. We want to work with oth­ers in op­pos­ing the Tories against aus­ter­ity. We need to be a real op­po­si­tion.

“It’s been com­pletely crazy, ev­ery­thing is com­pletely new. We’re all just try­ing to find our way around right now but we’ve had a lot of sup­port from the staff.”

Mar­garet did man­age to snap a few pho­tos of Lon­don for her Twit­ter page – in par­tic­u­lar stat­ues of Emmeline Pankhurst and Richard the Lion­heart.

When asked which one she would be most like as MP, she laughed: “I won’t make any quick de­ci­sions on that.”

As well as be­ing the area’s first SNP mem­ber, Mar­garet is the first woman to win a Gen­eral Elec­tion vote in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

But when we asked her if that made her victory ex­tra spe­cial, she replied: “I don’t know, I think you would need to ask the con­stituents. I’ve had a lot of con­grat­u­la­tions and emails wish­ing me good luck.

“I just want to say I am de­lighted to have the sup­port I did dur­ing the cam­paign and since be­ing elected.

“No one per­son can do it on their own. I’d also like to thank the peo­ple who voted for me.”

She added: “Scot­land has spo­ken with one voice at the polls and it is now up to my­self and the other 55 suc­cess­ful SNP can­di­dates to make that voice heard loud and clear at West­min­ster.

“I wish to re­it­er­ate that I will work hard to rep­re­sent not just those who voted for me but ev­ery­one in this con­stituency and will is­sue de­tails of my surg­eries as soon as pos­si­ble.

“I would also like to thank the Ruther­glen Re­former for their su­per elec­tion cam­paign cov­er­age and hope that I can re­pay them by pro­vid­ing some good news sto­ries in the weeks ahead.”

there’s a lot of ar­eas need­ing re­gen­er­ated

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