No rest de­spite three-week break

Rutherglen Reformer - - Memory Lane - Mar­garet Ferrier

Sum­mer re­cess is barely over and al­ready we’re head­ing into another one.

Although Par­lia­ment now heads into a three-week break, I cer­tainly don’t.

My di­ary is burst­ing with meet­ings, en­gage­ments and surg­eries, and I’m look­ing for­ward to spend­ing more time in the con­stituency.

I’d like to con­grat­u­late Friends of Cam­bus­lang Park on another suc­cess­ful event in re­cent weeks.

Bark in the Park is al­ways a de­light and as a dog lover, I was in my el­e­ment.

The va­ri­ety of an­nual events put on by the group is re­ally won­der­ful and they put a great deal of ef­fort into en­sur­ing there is some­thing for ev­ery­one in the lo­cal area.

Another fan­tas­tic event held just last week­end was the James Ai­ton Au­tumn Fayre.

Again, the or­gan­is­ers de­serve warm con­grat­u­la­tions.

I thor­oughly en­joyed the op­por­tu­nity to speak with at­ten­dees about lo­cal is­sues af­fect­ing them, and also to see the new school build­ing.

Whilst I’ve been crit­i­cal of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil re­cently for ax­ing school buses, I must give credit where it’s due and say that the pri­mary school mod­erni­sa­tion pro­gramme seems to have been a great suc­cess.

The new build­ings are bright, spa­cious and invit­ing.

It would be fan­tas­tic if the coun­cil would now con­sider a mod­ern new sec­ondary school to ser­vice the Cam­bus­lang West (Half­way/Drum­sagard) area.

I was ac­com­pa­nied to the James Ai­ton Fayre by the SNP’s newly se­lected can­di­date who will be stand­ing for elec­tion in the Ruther­glen seat in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment elec­tions next year.

Clare Haughey fought off fierce com­pe­ti­tion from six other po­ten­tial can­di­dates, and won a bal­lot of branch mem­bers.

Clare is a ded­i­cated and com­mit­ted in­di­vid­ual.

Her pas­sion for the NHS is bound­less, and she works cur­rently as a men­tal health nurse.

Clare is also an ac­tive trade union­ist, and is cur­rently a di­vi­sional con­vener for UNI­SON, as well as an ac­tive mem­ber of the SNP’s own trade union group.

Over the com­ing months Clare will be out on doorsteps to hear your con­cerns and pri­or­i­ties, and hopes to hit the ground run­ning at Holy­rood if for­tu­nate enough to be cho­sen by vot­ers as the new con­stituency MSP.

Clare is just one of many im­pres­sive can­di­dates se­lected to stand for the SNP across Scot­land next year.

It has been an in­cred­i­bly ex­cit­ing time at Holy­rood re­cently, and the re­cently an­nounced Pro­gramme for Gov­ern­ment is hugely am­bi­tious.

More af­ford­able homes, rent con­trols, sup­port for kin­ship car­ers, a re­duc­tion in Air Pas­sen­ger Duty, and low-car­bon trans­port in­vest­ment are just a few of the mea­sures be­ing brought in by Ni­cola Stur­geon’s Gov­ern­ment over the next year.

A year on from the in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum – some­thing which has reignited po­lit­i­cal in­ter­est across the coun­try – these are ar­guably the most ex­cit­ing po­lit­i­cal times Scot­land has known.

The SNP are at the fore­front, de­mon­strat­ing bold lead­er­ship, and tak­ing not a sin­gle vote for granted.

These are ar­guably the most ex­cit­ing po­lit­i­cal times Scot­land has known

Can­di­date Mar­garet has given her sup­port to Clare Haughey

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