No votes for 2017 Labour

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Labour faces be­ing wiped out in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang if the school bus changes are im­ple­mented.

That’s the view of par­ent Jackie Rinn, who says coun­cil­lors sup­port­ing the move will suf­fer at the bal­lot box at 2017’s coun­cil elec­tions.

Jackie, who is a Labour sup­porter, reck­ons some coun­cil­lors have sim­ply ig­nored her and other par­ents.

And she said Cam­bus­lang West coun­cil­lor Richard Tul­lett had failed to pro­vide re­quested in­for­ma­tion, although Coun­cil­lor Tul­lett this week de­nied that.

She said: “Not one of them is go­ing to be voted back in, and as a Labour per­son, I am very con­cerned about that.

“Ger­ard Killen was in the Re­former say­ing Bob Doris MSP was us­ing it for po­lit­i­cal gain, but what did they ex­pect them to do?

“We have al­ways said, this was not a po­lit­i­cal is­sue but it has be­come one.

“I asked Coun­cil­lor Richard Tul­lett for a full break­down of what the coun­cil spends, but I’m still wait­ing on it.”

Coun­cil­lor Tul­lett told the Re­former: “The coun­cil needs to make sav­ings, and it would have been help­ful if we had not lost the £3.5m we did when the grant set­tle­ment changed.

“If we had that money we would not be hav­ing to make some of these de­ci­sions.

“The coun­cil needs to make de­ci­sions that are right. There is a due process to go through.

“I have met with a num­ber of peo­ple who have come along to my surg­eries, one of whom was a con­stituent of mine, and I have cer­tainly sent back the in­for­ma­tion I was asked too.”

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