Killen chal­lenges Fer­rier on who she wants as PM

Labour’s man takes elec­tion fight to the SNP

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West’s Labour can­di­date has said the gen­eral elec­tion is a straight choice be­tween a gov­ern­ment led by Theresa May or Jeremy Cor­byn.

Ger­ard Killen has now chal­lenged his SNP op­po­nent, Mar­garet Fer­rier, on who she would rather see in Num­ber 10.

With the na­tion set to go to the polls in two weeks, Labour has seen their man­i­festo gain sup­port, although they still trail the Tories in the polls.

Strate­gists claim the Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West seat is winnable de­spite Ms Fer­rier de­fend­ing a huge ma­jor­ity.

Mr Killen said this week: “The re­al­ity of next month’s gen­eral elec­tion is that there will ei­ther be a Labour or a Tory gov­ern­ment when vot­ers wake up on June 9.

“The SNP have an abysmal track record of gov­ern­ment in Scot­land. In Lon­don, Mar­garet Fer­rier has spent the last two years re­peat­ing the SNP’s cam­paign for in­de­pen­dence.

“I’m ap­peal­ing to vot­ers from across the politi­cal spec­trum: my fo­cus will be on putting our pub­lic ser­vices first, not con­tin­u­ing to push for a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum.

“If you’d rather have a hard-work­ing lo­cal MP than a na­tion­al­ist who’ll let the Tories in the back door, vote Labour on June 8.”

But Ms Fer­rier hit back yes­ter­day, claim­ing Mr Killen had not backed his party leader in the past.

She said: “It’s sim­ple maths - if there’s a ma­jor­ity of anti-Tory MPs then the Con­ser­va­tives will be un­able to form a gov­ern­ment.

“The SNP will never sup­port the Tories, although judg­ing from the back­room deals with the Tories in coun­cils in Aberdeen and North La­nark­shire I’m not sure the same could be said of Labour.

“On Twit­ter Mr Killen has shown no con­fi­dence in this party leader, say­ing it’s im­pos­si­ble to be leader of a party with­out the con­fi­dence or sup­port of the par­lia­men­tary party… how can you lead a group of peo­ple when 80 per cent of them have no con­fi­dence in you?’ And that ‘he seems to rel­ish the fight with his own side more than with Tories’.

“When the Ruther­glen Labour branch backed Owen Smith as party leader last year, James Kelly said ‘Labour at this time needs a leader who is cred­i­ble with the pub­lic’.

“Thanks to Labour’s un­electabil­ity across the UK we face an un­fet­tered, out-of­con­trol Tory gov­ern­ment - we know that the prime min­is­ter wants to si­lence op­po­si­tion.

“If peo­ple want a strong op­po­si­tion to the Tories, if they want MPs who will stand up for our coun­try and stop the Tories do­ing what­ever they want to Scot­land, then the only party to sup­port at this elec­tion is the SNP.”

Straight choice Ger­ard Killen says the elec­tion is a choice be­tween who vot­ers want as prime min­is­ter, Theresa May or Jeremy Cor­byn

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