New MP Killen makes maiden speech

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Ruther­glen and Hamilton West MP Ger­ard Killen has given his maiden speech in the Houses of Par­lia­ment.

Mr Killen took to the floor of the Com­mons on Thurs­day dur­ing a de­bate on the Queen’s Speech.

He paid trib­ute to those killed or in­jured dur­ing re­cent ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Manch­ester and Lon­don, speak­ing also of Ruther­glen man Piotr Chylewska and thank­ing Fa­ther Paul Mor­ton and the parish at St Bride’s for the sup­port they had shown Piotr.

Mr Killen went on to high­light work done in the com­mu­nity by cafes and groups such as the Black Poppy cof­fee shop, R:evolve Cloth­ing and Healthy n Happy, say­ing: “We have a di­verse mix of de­cent peo­ple, all com­ing to­gether and help­ing to make our com­mu­ni­ties bet­ter places to live, one small act of kind­ness at a time.

“They are the ev­ery­day heroes, and I thank each and every one of them for the job that they do.”

He spoke about LGBTI rights, say­ing he was the first gay, mar­ried man to rep­re­sent the con­stituency, and went on to dis­cuss the im­pact of aus­ter­ity, crit­i­cis­ing the Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment for mak­ing a deal with the DUP but not pro­vid­ing a deal for those strug­gling to make ends meet.

He con­cluded: “In this era of fixed-term par­lia­ments, the great irony is that I have no idea how long I will have a seat in this place, but my pledge to the peo­ple of Ruther­glen and Hamilton West is that I will make every day count.”

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