New MP Killen to quit coun­cil role

Fo­cus on West­min­ster

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West’s new MP has con­firmed he will stand down as a coun­cil­lor.

Ger­ard Killen MP is cur­rently a rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Ruther­glen Central and North ward.

But he said this week he would leave that role af­ter the coun­cil re­turns from sum­mer re­cess.

That means vot­ers in the ward will be asked to pick a new coun­cil­lor, prob­a­bly some time in the au­tumn.

Mr Killen, who also con­firmed he has stopped re­ceiv­ing his coun­cil­lor’s salary, scored a shock vic­tory for Labour in this month’s gen­eral elec­tion, over­com­ing a near 10,000 SNP ma­jor­ity.

He said: “I’ll be stand­ing down from South La­nark­shire Coun­cil af­ter the full coun­cil meeting fol­low­ing the sum­mer. In the mean­time I have stopped re­ceiv­ing my coun­cil­lor salary.

“I’ve taken ad­vice from lo­cal res­i­dents and they have made clear peo­ple don’t want another elec­tion over the sum­mer when vot­ers have gone to the polls twice since the start of May. It’s been an hon­our rep­re­sent­ing Ruther­glen as a coun­cil­lor and I look for­ward to build­ing on my ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge of lo­cal is­sues, stand­ing up for our con­stituency at West­min­ster.”

Mr Killen, one of seven Scot­tish Labour MPs, was of­fi­cially sworn in at West­min­ster last week.

He added: “I’m de­lighted to have been sworn in as Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West’s new Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment.

“It is the great­est of hon­ours to have been cho­sen by lo­cal res­i­dents to rep­re­sent them in West­min­ster and I’m hit­ting the ground run­ning with ad­vice surg­eries and vis­it­ing com­mu­nity groups.

“I’ll work my very hard­est to en­sure our area’s pri­or­i­ties are heard at ev­ery level and stand up against the shame­ful aus­ter­ity put for­ward by the Tories and passed down by the SNP.

“With me you’ll get a com­mit­ted MP, fo­cused on work­ing for my con­stituents and al­ways fight­ing for Labour’s vi­sion of a bet­ter, brighter fu­ture.”

See­ing red Ger­ard Killen with Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn

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