Kezia hails newly elected Labour MPs

Rutherglen Reformer - - General Election Special -

Ruther­glen’s role in the resur­gence of the Labour Party was recog­nised on Fri­day as the party’s six new MPs cel­e­brated their suc­cess in the town.

Scot­tish Labour leader Kezia Dug­dale wel­comed the “fan­tas­tic”new MPs to Ruther­glen Town Hall and ad­mit­ted she had for­got­ten the sweet taste of suc­cess.

She blasted those who had “writ­ten off”her party’s chances fol­low­ing the party’s Gen­eral Elec­tion cam­paign, which was also launched in Ruther­glen just weeks ago.

She said:“I am just thrilled for the in­di­vid­ual can­di­dates. It is true that I had for­got­ten how it felt to win but I like it and I am now de­ter­mined to carry on do­ing this job so I can win some more.”

She added:“I lost count of the num­ber of jour­nal­ists who had writ­ten off our chances of win­ning even a sin­gle seat.

“We now have fan­tas­tic new MPs, an in­cred­i­bly di­verse and in­ter­est­ing group of peo­ple – from ship­yard work­ers to posties to teach­ers to busi­ness peo­ple.

“They look and feel like the coun­try that they seek to rep­re­sent.

“They are a very tal­ented bunch who rep­re­sent a new gen­er­a­tion of Labour MPs who will be fan­tas­tic first-class cham­pi­ons for their com­mu­ni­ties.”

Dug­dale also threw her full weight be­hind UK Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn – de­spite pre­vi­ously fail­ing to back him in two lead­er­ship con­tests.

She said:“Jeremy put for­ward a fan­tas­tic man­i­festo with the po­ten­tial to trans­form this coun­try.

“The Prime Min­is­ter called this elec­tion be­cause she wanted a ma­jor­ity and a man­date. She failed to get that and I think she should re­sign and al­low Labour to try and form a gov­ern­ment.

“I have been be­hind Jeremy through this cam­paign, just as he sup­ported me through the Scot­tish Elec­tion.

“When I went to the UK man­i­festo launch in Brad­ford I saw per­haps for the first time how some of the poor­est and most dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple in the coun­try des­per­ately need him to be Prime Min­is­ter. There is still a chance of that.”

When pressed on her pre­vi­ous lack of sup­port for Cor­byn’s lead­er­ship, she added:“I think I did a fair and demo­cratic thing, which was speak­ing out dur­ing the lead­er­ship con­test last sum­mer. I have been noth­ing but sup­port­ive of Jeremy Cor­byn and his lead­er­ship since that con­test.”

Speak­ing at the town hall the Scot­tish Labour leader added:“The Scot­tish and UK Labour man­i­festos were very clear in that they were against in­de­pen­dence and a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum.

“Scot­land has spo­ken loudly and it is clear we are op­pos­ing a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum and Ni­cola Stur­geon should take it off the ta­ble.

“Ni­cola Stur­geon had an atro­cious night, she has lost her deputy and her men­tor and that is be­cause Scots are fed up with her di­vi­sive plans.”

Suc­cess Kezia Dug­dale cel­e­brates at Ruther­glen Town Hall

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