A fi­nal plea for your votes

Can­di­dates hit the road to get mes­sages across

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election - Dou­glas Dickie

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang will go to the polls to­mor­row to elect their next MP.

The main can­di­dates have made a fi­nal plea for votes as the race hots up.

Four of them, plus a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Con­ser­va­tives, clashed at a hus­tings event last week at Burn­side Blair­beth church and have been busy pound­ing the streets to win your votes.

Mar­garet Fer­rier is de­fend­ing the seat for the SNP with a mas­sive ma­jor­ity, but Labour have pin­pointed Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West after the local elec­tions sug­gested a tight race.

And with polling day nearly here, she chose to ques­tion Labour can­di­date Ger­ard Killen’s po­si­tion on a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum.

She said Mr Killen had pre­vi­ously tweeted that any at­tempt by Theresa May to block a sec­ond vote after the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment voted for it was “in­de­fen­si­ble”.

She added: “Even he knows his po­si­tion is con­fused and con­tra­dic­tory - which per­haps ex­plains his at­tempts to white­wash his own re­marks by delet­ing his tweet.

“Vot­ers will make up their own minds on this, but I imag­ine many will be left think­ing that Mr Killen will say any­thing to try and get elected, even if he him­self doesn’t be­lieve it.

“This gen­eral elec­tion is not about a sec­ond independence ref­er­en­dum - it’s about elect­ing a cham­pion for our com­mu­ni­ties and a strong voice at West­min­ster.

“I’m ask­ing peo­ple to place their trust in me again on June 8 to con­tinue my strong track record.”

Mr Killen de­fended his po­si­tion, say­ing: “The clear mes­sage from local peo­ple in this cam­paign is that they do not want an­other ref­er­en­dum and think it’s time that Ni­cola Stur­geon got on with the day job.

“Mar­garet Fer­rier knows that sup­port for independence is a li­a­bil­ity for the SNP in this elec­tion.

“I’ll be a vis­i­ble MP stand­ing up for local peo­ple, sup­port­ing public ser­vices and op­pos­ing a sec­ond independence ref­er­en­dum.”

Mr Killen wel­comed Scot­tish Labour leader Kezia Dug­dale to the constituency for a sec­ond time on Satur­day.

She braved pour­ing rain dur­ing a visit to Cam­bus­lang, and said: “In Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West more than one in five chil­dren live in poverty.

“The area needs an MP who will fight for bet­ter liv­ing stan­dards like a £10 min­i­mum wage and more in­vest­ment in jobs to make that fig­ure a thing of the past.”

The Con­ser­va­tives’ Ann Le Blond will be hop­ing to boost her party’s vote after she was elected as a coun­cil­lor for Cam­bus­lang West last month.

She said: “This is a chance to send Ni­cola Stur­geon a mes­sage that we don’t want a ref­er­en­dum.

“Vote for the strong lead­er­ship of Theresa May. I’ll be a local cham­pion who will fo­cus on strength­en­ing our local econ­omy, not on independence.”

Robert Brown also tasted elec­tion suc­cess last month in the Ruther­glen South ward.

He said both the Tories and SNP had en­dured poor cam­paigns, adding: “Our mes­sage of the op­por­tu­nity to change Bri­tain’s di­rec­tion, to achieve a more pro-Euro­pean fu­ture, to stop an un­wanted fur­ther independence ref­er­en­dum and to in­vest in ed­u­ca­tion, the NHS and men­tal health and to pro­vide greater op­por­tu­nity for young peo­ple has hit a chord with many peo­ple.”

Andy Dixon is stand­ing as an in­de­pen­dent while Caro­line San­tos is run­ning for UKIP to make up the list.

Meet all the can­di­dates on page 10 in our elec­tion spe­cial.

Cam­paign­ing in the rain Ger­ard Killen wel­comed Kezia Dug­dale to the Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West constituency for a sec­ond time on Satur­day

SelfieMar­garet Fer­rier and her cam­paign­ers out and about in Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West

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