New coun­cil will ben­e­fit our towns

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews -

Last week’s coun­cil elec­tion has seen seis­mic shifts in the makeup of coun­cils across Scot­land.

In South La­nark­shire the SNP is now the largest party on the coun­cil and will seek to progress its am­bi­tious man­i­festo to im­prove ser­vices and em­power com­mu­ni­ties.

Across the Ruther­glen Scot­tish par­lia­men­tary con­stituency, SNP rep­re­sen­ta­tion has dou­bled, from three to six, with SNP coun­cil­lors in all five wards.

Carol Nu­gent topped the poll in Ruther­glen South. Carol was born in Ruther­glen and works in Cam­bus­lang.

Mum of two, Ja­nine Ca­likes, who topped the poll in Ruther­glen Cen­tral and North, also grew up and works in Ruther­glen.

Both Carol and Ja­nine have con­sid­er­able ex­pe­ri­ence in help­ing con­stituents with a va­ri­ety of is­sues and will be strong ad­vo­cates for Ruther­glen.

John Bradley, who was elected in Cam­bus­lang West, is a for­mer care home man­ager, and reg­is­tered nurse.

In Cam­bus­lang East Alistair Ful­ton, who is a struc­tural en­gi­neer, brings valu­able plan­ning skills to his role as a coun­cil­lor. Katy Loudon, for­merly a li­brar­ian and a teacher, was also elected in Cam­bus­lang East.

Katy is also an ex­pe­ri­enced case­worker.

To­gether, John, Alistair and Katy will cham­pion the re­gen­er­a­tion of Cam­bus­lang.

Un­for­tu­nately, the vot­ing sys­tem threw up some dis­ap­point­ments also and two sit­ting coun­cil­lors, Clare McColl and Gor­don Clark were not re­elected.

I would like to thank them for all the hard work they have put in over the years for their com­mu­ni­ties in Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen, and wish them well for the fu­ture.

The SNP won the lo­cal elec­tions in Scot­land with more seats and more votes than any other party.

It is also the largest party in more coun­cils than any other party. The re­sults show that more peo­ple are put­ting their trust in the SNP to stand firm against the in­creas­ingly hard line Tory govern­ment.

The SNP suc­cess in the coun­cil elec­tions is built on a record of achieve­ment in govern­ment, in de­liv­er­ing the best health­care any­where in the UK, help­ing busi­nesses to thrive and fo­cus­ing above all on ed­u­ca­tion and equip­ping our young peo­ple to achieve their very best in life.

SNP coun­cils will guar­an­tee more af­ford­able hous­ing, a trans­for­ma­tion in early learn­ing and child­care, in­vest­ment in our schools, more money and power for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and in­creased sup­port for small busi­nesses.

The Tory claims that they would win coun­cils with an anti-in­de­pen­dence ma­jor­ity failed to ma­te­ri­alise, as the party came a dis­tant sec­ond to the SNP. Labour’s vote col­lapsed in Scot­land, and across the UK, while the Lib Dems failed to make up any ground.

Where the Tories have made ad­vances this has been at the ex­pense of Labour, which has lost one third of its coun­cil­lors, show­ing it is no longer a ma­jor force.

Your new SNP coun­cil­lors will work hard to serve their con­stituents, and I look for­ward to work­ing with them, to make Scot­land’s com­mu­ni­ties stronger, safer and more suc­cess­ful places to live and work in.

The SNP won the lo­cal elec­tions in Scot­land

Democ­racy in ac­tionThe count for last week’s South La­nark­shire elec­tions threw up some in­ter­est­ing re­sults

Elec­tion fo­cus Clare Haughey

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