Kelly has right to hold Glas­gow ad­vice ses­sions

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer VIew -

David Spence as­serted in his let­ter in the Re­former of Au­gust 29 that dur­ing the last Holy­rood par­lia­ment, while James Kelly was the con­stituency Labour MSP, he“never saw any other Glas­gow MSPs writ­ing in our lo­cal pa­per nor any other MSP hold­ing a surgery”.

I can as­sure Mr Spence that, in re­la­tion to not see­ing “any other MSP hold­ing a surgery”, he is to­tally wrong.

Dur­ing the last Holy­rood par­lia­ment Bob Doris was an SNP list MSP for Glas­gow and on his con­tact page of the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment web­site he had surg­eries sched­uled in Royal Burgh House in Ruther­glen.

Ruth David­son was a Con­ser­va­tive list MSP for Glas­gow and she held a meet­ing in Ruther­glen Town Hall where any con­stituents who wished to go along to speak to her could do so.

I find Mr Spence’s state­ment that Mr Kelly should hold surg­eries in “his own con­stituency of Glas­gow” in­com­pre­hen­si­ble since, by hold­ing a surgery in Ruther­glen, Mr Kelly was in part of the Glas­gow re­gion for which he is an elected list MSP.

I also do not un­der­stand his com­ment “Move on, Mr Kelly” since James Kelly was re-elected to the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment as a list MSP for the Glas­gow re­gion (of which Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen form part).

In this Holy­rood par­lia­ment the Glas­gow re­gional list com­prises four Labour MSPs, two Con­ser­va­tive MSPs and one Green Party MSP.

If it was ac­cept­able for Bob Doris, as an SNP list MSP for Glas­gow in the last Holy­rood par­lia­ment, to choose to hold surg­eries in Ruther­glen then why should it not be equally ac­cept­able for James Kelly or, in­deed, any other list MSP for Glas­gow in this Holy­rood par­lia­ment to do ex­actly the same thing if they choose?

Or does Mr Spence think no Glas­gow list MSP in this Holy­rood par­lia­ment should have the right to hold any surg­eries and/or meet­ings in Cam­bus­lang or Ruther­glen - and if not, why not? El­iz­a­beth Al­lan via email

Mr McAvoy’s ar­ti­cle ‘Rise in coun­cil tax’ in last week’s Re­former omit­ted to men­tion the rest of the SNP’s re­forms, which state they will ex­tend the coun­cil tax re­duc­tion scheme to low-in­come house­holds with chil­dren.

In the gov­ern­ment’s own words: “This will di­rectly ben­e­fit 77,000 low in­come house­holds by an av­er­age of £173 per year, in­clud­ing 140,000 chil­dren.

“Many low-in­come fam­i­lies liv­ing in high band prop­er­ties will al­ready be in re­ceipt of coun­cil tax re­duc­tion but we’ll ex­tend this to put in place an ex­emp­tion for higher-band house­holds who are be­low av­er­age earn­ings, up to a max­i­mum of £25,000 net in­come. This will ex­empt 54,000 house­holds from changes, one-third of them pen­sion­ers.”

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil fought for nine years against their fe­male em­ploy­ees who were de­mand­ing equal pay. The women rightly won, re­ceiv­ing a £75m pay­out. With le­gal fees it cost SLC around £90m.

In 2010 the then head of fi­nance Linda Hardie took early re­tire­ment and SLC paid £427,000 to her pen­sion and a fur­ther £63,000 for six months paid leave. Dur­ing her watch a scam­mer emailed fi­nance, re­quest­ing pay­ment of £100,000 which was paid, and fi­nance made £38m of “arith­meti­cal er­rors” in bud­get cuts.

In May this year Peter Hendry, SLC’s pas­sen­ger ser­vices co­or­di­na­tor and elec­tion agent for SLC’s Labour deputy leader, was given a writ­ten warn­ing af­ter he awarded taxi con­tracts to his nephew.

SLC’s in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion found no ev­i­dence of wrong­do­ing by Hendry but they be­lieved, be­cause of the fam­ily link, he should not have been in­volved in the awards (Her­ald, May 1).

I agree with Mr McAvoy that the vot­ers should take note when cast­ing their votes but only when they know all of the facts. Charles An­drew ad­dress sup­plied

Taxre­lief­plan Fly­ingvisit

The La­nark­shire Philatelic So­ci­ety was de­lighted to wel­come John McGonigle and Keith Walker, both mem­bers of the Dum­fries Philatelic So­ci­ety, to the meet­ing on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 7.

Keith Walker dis­played New Zealand air­mails and gave a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into the move­ment of mail by air from New Zealand to coun­tries around the world. He showed many air­mail cov­ers, starting from 1932, from New Zealand to Scot­land. Many cov­ers tracked the de­tails of the jour­ney taken by the mail to get to its des­ti­na­tion.

A cover showed mail to Eng­land which be­gan with a Quan­tas flight then trans­ferred to BOAC. Many cov­ers mailed to other coun­tries showed sim­i­lar flight ex­changes by dif­fer­ent air­lines. Also a lit­tle dif­fer­ent was the cover show­ing that to de­liver mail from New Zealand to the Pit­cairn Is­lands ne­ces­si­tated a ‘mail drop’.

Keith also dis­played beau­ti­ful stamps of Fin­land, all de­signed by Signe Ham­mer­sten-Jans­son: defini­tives, com­mem­o­ra­tions, an­niver­saries and many stamps is­sued with an ex­tra char­ity charge for the Red Cross and also anti-tu­ber­cu­lo­sis.

John McGonigle was next-door in Swe­den with his dis­play of Swedish first-day cov­ers and cor­re­spond­ing book­lets of stamps and also some stamps is­sued in coils. These showed a great va­ri­ety of sub­jects, in­clud­ing fa­mous peo­ple, FIFA World Cup 1958, no­table build­ings, ice hockey cham­pi­onships, the changeover from right-hand to left-hand drive, the ter­cente­nary of the Swedish Post Of­fice and many sports.

It was amazing to view stamp book­lets cov­er­ing such a range of sub­jects.

Other first day cov­ers in­cluded many Swedish events, in­clud­ing the 50th an­niver­sary of Swedish Flag Day and 50 years since dis­so­lu­tion from Nor­way.

Brian Dow led mem­bers in giv­ing warm thanks to the guests for such var­ied and en­joy­able dis­plays.

Our next meet­ing in the Cale­do­nian Bowl­ing Club, Mother­well Road, Hamil­ton, is on Fri­day, Novem­ber 4, at 7.30pm when mem­bers look for­ward to wel­com­ing Lynn Robin­son with her dis­play of USA.

Any­one with an in­ter­est in stamps, postal his­tory, post­cards, etc, is very wel­come to at­tend. More de­tails of the so­ci­ety’s pro­gramme can be ob­tained from our web­site at www.la­nark­shireps. co.uk. Elsie Miller La­nark­shire Philatelic So­ci­ety

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