Election call

Fer­rier slams de­ci­sion to call snap election

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

Vot­ers in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang will go to the polls on June 8 af­ter Theresa May called a gen­eral election.

The vote will be just weeks af­ter the coun­cil elec­tions.

It will be the sixth time res­i­dents have been asked to vote in less than three years.

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang res­i­dents look set to go to the polls for the sixth time in three years af­ter Theresa May an­nounced plans for a gen­eral election.

The Prime Min­is­ter is today (Wed­nes­day) due to pose a mo­tion in the House of Com­mons that calls for a snap election on June 8.

If given the go-ahead, the election will be the sixth time vot­ers have been called to the bal­lot box since the in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum of 2014.

Since then, Scots also voted in the UK Par­lia­ment election on May 7, 2015, the Holy­rood election on May 5, 2016, and the EU ref­er­en­dum on June 23, 2016. Res­i­dents are also due to vote in lo­cal coun­cil elec­tions on May 4.

Margaret Fer­rier MP dubbed the election op­por­tunis­tic.

She said: “Theresa May ’ s announcement fol­lows her con­tin­ued de­nial that she would call a snap election, hav­ing pre­vi­ously cited sta­bil­ity and cer­tainty as rea­sons not to hold one.

“This mas­sive U-turn shows that she is putting the in­ter­ests of her party ahead of those of the United King­dom. It is op­por­tunism, plain and sim­ple.

“The Prime Min­is­ter is clearly seiz­ing upon the sham­bolic state of the Labour Party in an at­tempt to in­crease her small ma­jor­ity.

“Be­tween now and June 8 I and my party col­leagues will work harder than ever to re­tain the trust of the Scot­tish peo­ple.”

Labour MSP James Kelly said: “Labour will be fight­ing hard in Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West to win the seat back from the na­tion­al­ists.

“We have seen the so­cial and con­sti­tu­tional de­struc­tion caused by the Tories and the SNP. It’s time for a Labour gov­ern­ment which will put the in­ter­ests of work­ing peo­ple first.”

Robert Brown of the Lib­eral Democrats said: “I am frankly as­ton­ished that Theresa May has called an election at this point and I can only as­sume that the whole Tory Brexit thing is al­ready un­rav­el­ling as the negotiations get un­der way.

“The tim­ing of the election, be­fore the Brexit negotiations are con­cluded and dur­ing the coun­cil elec­tions, is op­por­tunist in the ex­treme but I think she may have got it wrong.”

He added: “The gen­eral election is a ma­jor op­por­tu­nity to avoid a dis­as­trous hard Brexit, keep Britain united and stop the Tories and SNP in their tracks.

“It its al­ready clear that the Lib­eral Democrats will do well.”

The Con­ser­va­tive Party’s Tay­lor Muir said: “We are fo­cused on the lo­cal elec­tions but look for­ward to se­lect­ing a can­di­date in the com­ing weeks.”

Vic­tory Margaret Fer­rier cel­e­brates win­ning in 2015

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