FAIR CON­TEST

Beaten can­di­dates’re­ac­tions

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Reaction - Kenny Smith

The beaten Glas­gow South can­di­dates have been unan­i­mous in their praise for each other in fight­ing a fair cam­paign.

While ugly scenes marred some of the elec­tion cam­paign, in Glas­gow South the var­i­ous hus­tings and de­bates passed with­out any in­ci­dents of note.

Con­ser­va­tive Kyle Thorn­ton, who fin­ished third with 4752 votes, said: “It was a plea­sure to stand for elec­tion in Glas­gow South.

“I want to thank all of those who voted for me al­low­ing me to take my party from fourth to third place and in­crease the ac­tual num­ber of Con­ser­va­tive votes.

“This cam­paign has cer­tainly been in­ter­est­ing and I think it is a tes­ta­ment to all of us who com­peted here that we kept it mostly pol­icy fo­cused and were not tempted to in­dulge in per­son­al­ity pol­i­tics.

“I want to wish Ste­wart McDon­ald all the best in rep­re­sent­ing Glas­gow South.

“I’m de­lighted that we now have a Con­ser­va­tive Gov­ern­ment which will al­low us to bal­ance the books, hold an EU ref­er­en­dum and de­liver tax cuts for the low­est paid.

“The na­tion now has the sta­bil­ity it needs to be able to con­tinue cre­at­ing jobs and grow­ing the econ­omy and with David Cameron as our Prime Min­is­ter, I’m con­fi­dent that we have a Gov­ern­ment that will al­ways be on Bri­tain’s side.

“It will also be a Gov­ern­ment that will en­sure Scot­land’s de­ci­sion last Septem­ber is re­spected and acted upon.”

Green can­di­date Alas­tair Whitelaw came fourth, tak­ing 1431 votes and 2.9 per cent of the vote.

He said: “The Greens, na­tion­ally and lo­cally, are very pleased with the re­sult. We in­creased our share of the vote in ev­ery con­stituency where we stood in 2010, and stood against this year.

“To do so at a time when there was a big squeeze be­tween two larger par­ties in Labour and the SNP is ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic.

“Apart from the num­bers, we got a very favourable re­ac­tion from oth­ers and we think a lot of peo­ple will vote for us in the re­gional lists for Holy­rood next year.

“In Glas­gow South, we had five or six hus­tings meet­ings, and most of the time they were con­ducted in a con­struc­tive way, and the au­di­ences wanted sen­si­ble an­swers. They were good meet­ings, and very well at­tended too.

“It’s in­ter­est­ing that in this age of mass me­dia, peo­ple still want to at­tend lo­cal elec­tion meet­ings and see the can­di­dates per­form.”

Lib­eral Demo­crat Ewan Hoyle came fifth in the poll, with 1019 votes, and 2.1 per cent of the poll - down 9.5 per cent.

He said: “Elec­tion night was pretty bru­tal for the Lib­eral Democrats. A lot of good, hard­work­ing peo­ple who have been tire­less ser­vants to their con­stituents, bore the brunt of a cam­paign that pre­sented us as a mid­dle-of-the-road, mod­er­at­ing in­flu­ence on two mod­er­ately com­pe­tent al­ter­na­tives.

“The Lib­eral Democrats are bet­ter than that, and it’s up to me and my col­leagues to per­suade you of this fact. We have to break out of short-term, point-scor­ing pol­i­tics, and demon­strate a longterm vi­sion for a bet­ter Scot­land: A Scot­land where we can af­ford to fund our health ser­vice and polic­ing be­cause we place fewer de­mands upon those ser­vices. A Scot­land where young peo­ple see the po­lice as al­lies, and not ad­ver­saries.

“I’m sorry we messed up at this elec­tion, but we’ve had over 9000 new mem­bers join­ing since Thurs­day. We’re a big, com­pas­sion­ate, lov­ing fam­ily in Scot­land, try­ing hard to find the best an­swers to so­ci­ety’s chal­lenges. I’m sure you’d en­joy be­ing part of that too.”

Brian Smith of the Scot­tish Trade Union and So­cial­ist Coali­tion came sixth with 299 votes.

He added: “Thank you to those peo­ple in Glas­gow South who voted TUSC - a vote for so­cial­ism is never a wasted vote.

“To those peo­ple in re­cent weeks who said they agreed with our 100 per cent anti-aus­ter­ity, proso­cial­ist ideas but de­cided not to vote TUSC at this stage then we hope that you will in the fu­ture and just as im­por­tantly sup­port and get in­volved in the anti-aus­ter­ity cam­paigns in the city.

“We are pleased that so­cial­ist ideas have fea­tured in the Glas­gow South cam­paign and de­lighted at the pos­i­tive re­sponse from many peo­ple to the case for a fun­da­men­tal change in our so­ci­ety. TUSC will build on th­ese foun­da­tions over the com­ing months. So­cial­ism is the fu­ture.”

We kept it mostly pol­icy fo­cused - Con­ser­va­tive Kyle Thorn­ton

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