No rest despite three-week break
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