Thank you for your votes

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer View -

Dear Ed­i­tor

We would to like to ex­press our thanks to the vot­ers of Cam­bus­lang East for elect­ing both of us as two of your three coun­cil­lors.

It is a great priv­i­lege to be given the op­por­tu­nity to serve and rep­re­sent ev­ery­one in Cam­bus­lang East.

We would like to thank our col­league Chris­tine Deanie for her tire­less work for the ward as SNP coun­cil­lor for the last five years and wish her well in her re­tire­ment.

We would also like to con­vey our con­grat­u­la­tions to Coun­cil­lor Wal­ter Bro­gan on his re-elec­tion and, whilst we ac­knowl­edge that there are party pol­icy dif­fer­ences, we look for­ward to work­ing with him over the next five years for the bet­ter­ment of the ward. Coun­cil­lors Alistair Ful­ton and Katy Loudon Cam­bus­lang East ward

Iwill­makey­our voice­heard I am thrilled to have been elected to serve the peo­ple of Ruther­glen Cen­tral and North as their SNP coun­cil­lor.

I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank ev­ery­one who voted for me. I was de­lighted to top the poll. I will work very hard for this com­mu­nity and look for­ward to start­ing to im­ple­ment our am­bi­tious man­i­festo which will im­prove the lives of all of the peo­ple of South La­nark­shire.

I would also like to thank Gor­don Clark for all his hard work over the past 10 years and for his sup­port through­out the cam­paign.

I am sure Gor­don will con­tinue to be an in­te­gral part of both our com­mu­nity and the lo­cal SNP fam­ily. Coun­cil­lor Ja­nine Ca­likes Coun­cil­lor for Ruther­glen Cen­tral and North ward

Thank you for sup­port fro­maLibDem My name is Liz Keenan and I was the can­di­date stand­ing for the Lib­eral Democrats for Ruther­glen Cen­tral and North.

Al­though I did not have enough votes to be­come a coun­cil­lor, I would like to thank the peo­ple that did vote for me. Liz Keenan Lib­eral Demo­crat can­di­date for Ruther­glen Cen­tral and North

Thanky­outowon­der­ful elec­tion­team I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank my won­der­ful work­ers and my fan­tas­tic elec­tion team who worked their hearts out for me in Cam­bus­lang West.

I have been a mem­ber of the SNP for 48 years and I have con­tested many lo­cal elec­tions.

In 2007 I was elected as the last coun­cil­lor for Cam­bus­lang West and in 2012 I was first in the poll and that is some­thing I am very proud of.

Since then I have worked tire­lessly for my con­stituents.

John Bradley is a very able man and he will be a great as­set to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil. He has my full sup­port and I also add my con­grat­u­la­tions to the other can­di­dates. Clare McColl SNP can­di­date for Cam­bus­lang West

On­wards and up­wards toafresh­start Just a wee note to say thank you to all who gave me their sup­port dur­ing my 10 years in of­fice.

From the coun­cil staff work­ing hard in of­ten dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances to pro­vide our vi­tal ser­vices to lo­cal mem­bers of res­i­dents and com­mu­nity groups and Ruther­glen Com­mu­nity Coun­cil.

And to the grow­ing num­ber of lo­cal SNP mem­bers and vot­ers for their back­ing dur­ing my many cam­paigns. My grat­i­tude to each and ev­ery one of you.

Fi­nally, my thanks to the Re­former for af­ford­ing me the space to air my opin­ions dur­ing my time as a lo­cal coun­cil­lor.

It does seem a bit strange los­ing out at a time when your party dou­bles its vote but ev­ery can­di­date stands for elec­tion know­ing that the sin­gle trans­fer­able vote sys­tem can pro­duce vari­a­tions lead­ing to un­ex­pected re­sults.

Ruther­glen North and Cen­tral ward now has three new coun­cil­lors and I will watch with in­ter­est as to how they per­form.

Any­way, on­wards and up­wards and what­ever the fu­ture holds for my­self, for Ruther­glen and for Scot­land please, don’t let it be a govern­ment led by Theresa May! Gor­don Clark SNP can­di­date for Ruther­glen Cen­tral and North

Fer­ri­er­will­bebest to­standup­forarea James Kelly, newly-ap­pointed di­rec­tor for Scot­tish Labour’s Gen­eral Elec­tion cam­paign, spent Mon­day af­ter­noon grin­ning be­side a black­board on Ruther­glen Main Street, on which the words “Who can beat the SNP in Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West?” were scrawled.

Un­be­liev­ably, this ques­tion wasn’t rhetor­i­cal, and he was ac­tu­ally ask­ing passers-by (*cough* Labour ac­tivists) to ‘vote’.

Per­haps he gen­uinely does not know the an­swer to the ques­tion, given that his party lost a coun­cil seat to the Tories in that very ward just a few days prior in an ac­tual vote.

Per­haps los­ing two coun­cil seats to the SNP in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang has left him con­fused.

Per­haps even, his dis­com­bob­u­la­tion stems from be­ing com­pre­hen­sively de­feated by the SNP’s Clare Haughey al­most a year ago to the day.

What­ever it is, he dare not ask ques­tions he al­ready knows the an­swers to. Like ‘Who will do the best job of op­pos­ing the Tories?’, or ‘Who has spo­ken more in two years at West­min­ster than both of her Labour pre­de­ces­sors com­bined in the pre­vi­ous decade?”.

As much as Mr Kelly dis­likes it, the an­swer to these ques­tions is the SNP, and Mar­garet Fer­rier. Derec Thomp­son Hamil­ton Road Cam­bus­lang

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