Labour won by standing up for Blantyre voters
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