Sil­lars on show to give Mur­phy back­ing for her by-elec­tion bid

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Thom­son

SNP heavy­weight Jim Sil­lars was cam­paign­ing in Shotts last week lend­ing his sup­port to the party’s can­di­date in the up­com­ing coun­cil by-elec­tion.

Sil­lars was with SNP can­di­date Mags Mur­phy speak­ing to vot­ers at Shotts Healthy Living Cen­tre.

He said: “I first met Mags at a pub­lic meet­ing for Neil Gray MP in 2015. She was bril­liant that night and I en­cour­aged her to stand for elec­tion there and then.

“She un­der­stands how life can be a strug­gle and wants to help peo­ple get on. I have been in­cred­i­bly im­pressed by her and hope she gets elected on Septem­ber 7.”

The by-elec­tion in For­tis­sat is a re­sult of Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date Sandy Thorn­ton not tak­ing his seat — cost­ing the tax­payer £50,000.

Mur­phy said: “Jim has been a force at the top of Scot­tish pol­i­tics for decades. He is an in­spi­ra­tion to peo­ple like me so I am de­lighted and very grate­ful that he has come to Shotts to sup­port me.

“My cam­paign is about my record of ser­vice for the peo­ple in and around Shotts. I want to take that ser­vice to North La­nark­shire Coun­cil and be a loud voice for my com­mu­nity.

“I am work­ing hard with my team to se­cure as many num­ber one votes as pos­si­ble and will be do­ing that right up un­til Septem­ber 7.”

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