James Kelly MSP

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews -

The key po­lit­i­cal event in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang last week was the lo­cal South La­nark­shire Coun­cil elec­tions.

I want to con­grat­u­late all the can­di­dates from all par­ties who were elected in the area.

It is an hon­our to be cho­sen to rep­re­sent your lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Lo­cal coun­cil­lors play a key role in in deal­ing with lo­cal is­sues and rep­re­sent­ing their con­stituents.

I also want to pay tribute to two long stand­ing coun­cil­lors who were un­suc­cess­ful in last week’s elec­tions.

Claire McColl and Gor­don Clark have rep­re­sented Cam­bus­lang West and Ruther­glen North and Cen­tral on the coun­cil for the last 10 years.

I have known them both for many years be­fore we were all elected to our var­i­ous po­si­tions.

Al­though we dis­agree strongly on pol­i­tics, I have al­ways had a good re­la­tion­ship with both Claire and Gor­don.

They have served their com­mu­ni­ties well and I wish them all the best for the fu­ture.

I also would like to ex­tend my good wishes to my Labour col­leagues who stood down at these elec­tions – Rus­sell and Pam Clearie, Richard Tul­lett and Brain and De­nis McKenna.

We have seen two new faces join the Labour team in Mar­garet Walker for Cam­bus­lang West and Mar­garet Cowie in Ruther­glen South.

I have ev­ery con­fi­dence that they will both make out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions in their lo­cal ar­eas.

The re­sults were looked at very closely.

It is now ab­so­lutely clear that from the re­sults in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang and across Scot­land mean that the SNP surge is over.

In the Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West con­stituency, the SNP vote was 38 per cent.

This rep­re­sents a fall from the 52 per cent the party achieved at the gen­eral elec­tion in 2015.

Labour were just seven per cent be­hind on 31 per cent.

Mov­ing for­ward it is all to play for in the Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West con­stituency in the gen­eral elec­tion next month.

So it is on to the cam­paign trail – again!

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