Labour ‘not even trying’ to win
Party looking to do a deal with Tories, say SNP
Labour has been accused of “not even trying” to win control of South Lanarkshire Council after it emerged they would only field 32 candidates in next month’s election.
The full list of candidates was re le a s e d last Wednesday.
With 64 council spots up for grabs, a party needs 33 councillors to win overall control of the authority.
And the SNP group, who are fielding 37 candidates across the region, have now claimed their rivals will rely on a deal with the Conservative group to retain leadership.
Council elections use a complex single transferable vote system to elect councillors for multimember wards.
A statement on behalf of SNP group deputy leader, Sheena Wardhaugh, said: “After Boundary Commission changes there will be 64 councillors in SLC.
“To gain control would require 33 candidates to be elected. However, Labour are only fielding 32 candidates. Even if they were all elected, which is not going to happen, they would not have overall control.
“The aim is clear – another Labour/Tory coalition.
“Th ir t y - seven SNP candidates are standing in South Lanarkshire, enough to take control of the administration of the council. These candidates are a mix of experienced sitting councillors and vibrant, enthusiastic new candidates all of whom passed an extremely rigorous assessment to find those who can best support their constituents when they have problems.”
However, the Rutherglen branch of the Labour party has accused the SNP of trying to distract voters.
Gerard Killen, who is standing in Rutherglen Central and North, said: “This sounds like yet another excuse for the SNP to distract from their party’s disgraceful funding cuts to South Lanarkshire.
“They should be embarrassed by their silence when SNP bosses in Edinburgh forced down austerity – and it’s that track record of letting Rutherglen and Cambuslang down which voters will remember when they go to the polls next month.
“There is no question over Labour’s priority: continuing to put local services first, investing in our area and our young people.”
A total of 29 candidates will stand across Rutherglen and Cambuslang’s four wards. They will battle it out for 12 seats, three in each ward.
They represent six different parties with one independent standing.
Full list of candidates:
Turn to page 10 for our focus on the Cambuslang West ward