MSP takes on 8,000th case

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

James Kelly marked his fi­nal days as MSP for Ruther­glen by tak­ing on his 8,000th case.

With par­lia­ment dis­solv­ing this week, Mr Kelly’s se­cond term as an MSP will come to an end to­day, Wed­nes­day.

He has been MSP in the area for nine years, and will be hop­ing to ex­tend that when the elec­tion comes round on May 5.

The Labour rep­re­sen­ta­tive spoke this week about his ex­pe­ri­ence deal­ing with is­sues raised by lo­cal peo­ple.

His most re­cent case is a hos­pi­tal trans­port is­sue af­fect­ing an older man in Half­way, whose hos­pi­tal trans­port keeps be­ing can­celled at short no­tice.

Gabriel Roy of Clyde Place re­lies on am­bu­lances to take him to ap­point­ments as he uses a wheel­chair and has re­cently had a foot am­pu­tated.

Mr Kelly said:“My first pri­or­ity is al­ways lo­cal peo­ple, and I am proud to have helped over 8,000 con­stituents since be­ing elected in 2007. I have never taken my po­si­tion for granted and have en­deav­oured to be as ac­ces­si­ble as pos­si­ble.

“Is­sues range from peo­ple ask­ing for me to vote a cer­tain way on a law, to very per­sonal mat­ters and com­plaints with pub­lic bod­ies. The most com­mon are health­care is­sues, hous­ing prob­lems and lo­cal cuts.

“Mr and Mrs Roy’s pa­tient trans­port shows the im­pact that Scot­tish Govern­ment cuts are hav­ing on the ser­vices so many in this area rely on. Be­ing able to take on con­stituents’cases has al­ways been a true hon­our and the most re­ward­ing part of be­ing an MSP.”

Help­ing out James Kelly with Mary Roy

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