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Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Ger­ard Killen MP MP FOR FOR RUTHER­GLEN RUTHER­GLEN AND AND HAMIL­TON HAMIL­TON WEST

It is an enor­mous priv­i­lege to be elected to serve Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West in the UK Par­lia­ment.

I would like to sin­cerely thank those who have placed their trust in me and those who fought so hard to get me here.

In my ac­cep­tance speech, I pledged that no mat­ter how you voted or what your rea­sons were, I will work hard ev­ery day to rep­re­sent you, your fam­ily and our com­mu­ni­ties to the best of my abil­ity.

I am keen to get on with that pledge, that is why I held my first surg­eries on the Satur­day af­ter the elec­tion and I have al­ready been out across the con­stituency to meet lo­cal res­i­dents and com­mu­nity groups.

Elec­tions are a roller­coaster of emo­tions. When you win, you are in shock. Your mind races as you try to process what has hap­pened. There’s the sheer joy felt by you and your team af­ter a high-tempo cam­paign that you have all lived and breathed ev­ery minute of ev­ery day. Then there is the sense of ur­gency, the im­pa­tience you feel to get started.

Of course, there is an­other side of an elec­tion vic­tory. I know what it is like to lose and it’s not easy. I would like to wish my pre­de­ces­sor, Mar­garet Fer­rier, well for the fu­ture and I ex­tend my thoughts to all those em­ploy­ees of out­go­ing MPs as they move on to new chal­lenges.

The na­tional out­come of this elec­tion re­mains un­clear. One thing is cer­tain, Theresa May has badly mis­cal­cu­lated the mood of the na­tion and her elec­tion gamble has spec­tac­u­larly back­fired.

Al­most ev­ery hol­low catch­phrase ut­tered by the Con­ser­va­tive Party in this elec­tion has come back to haunt them. There is noth­ing ‘strong and sta­ble’ about the un­holy ‘coali­tion of chaos’ Ms May is seek­ing to en­ter with the DUP. A more un­fit and un­savoury part­ner in gov­ern­ment would be hard to find.

The very same Prime Min­is­ter who com­plained that Jeremy Cor­byn wanted to take the coun­try back to the 1970s, now seeks the back­ing of a party full of il­lib­eral cli­mate change de­niers who think breast­feed­ing a child is “ex­hi­bi­tion­ism” and who are “re­pulsed” by LGBT peo­ple like me be­cause we are “im­moral, of­fen­sive and ob­nox­ious”.

I hope the DUP will be deeply of­fended by my ar­rival in par­lia­ment. I look for­ward to shar­ing my views with them at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity and, if Ruth Davidson has an ounce of courage, she will do the same.

Con­trast all of this with what a gov­ern­ment led by Jeremy Cor­byn would mean for the coun­try.

A leader who has breathed new life into UK pol­i­tics of­fer­ing a man­i­festo of hope for ev­ery­one no mat­ter your back­ground. A rad­i­cal pro­gramme for gov­ern­ment that will stop Tory aus­ter­ity and trans­form lives for the bet­ter. I des­per­ately want to see that al­ter­na­tive re­alised.

What­ever hap­pens in the com­ing weeks, I will fight for our con­stituency and for that vi­sion of hope, tol­er­ance, equal­ity and sol­i­dar­ity.

I hope the DUP will be deeply of­fended by my ar­rival in par­lia­ment

New MP Labour’s Ger­ard Killen

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