A final plea for your votes
Candidates hit the road to get messages across
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