Labour won by stand­ing up for Blan­tyre vot­ers

Rutherglen Reformer - - James Kelly -

South La­nark­shire has a new coun­cil­lor, Mo Raz­zaq, for the Blan­tyre ward.

Mo took the seat for Labour with nearly 1500 first pref­er­ence votes, which was 47 per cent of the vote.

The lo­cal Labour team ran a great cam­paign, based on stand­ing up on the is­sues that mat­ter to lo­cal peo­ple, and I know Mo will be a first-class coun­cil­lor.

We’ve seen in re­cent weeks La­nark­shire coun­cil­lors unite against cuts from the SNP gov­ern­ment in Ed­in­burgh and I know Mo will stand with his col­leagues across the Labour move­ment to pro­tect the most vul­ner­a­ble in his ward.

We also saw dur­ing this cam­paign what hap­pens when the Labour fam­ily comes to­gether.

Now more than ever La­nark­shire needs strong Labour voices to stand up against Tory aus­ter­ity and SNP com­pla­cency.

As the lo­cal MSP I look for­ward to work­ing with Mo and the en­tire Labour team, stand­ing up and fight­ing for our con­stituents.

Win­ner James Kelly MSP with Mo Raz­zaq

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