WORK­ING FOR YOU My ‘door is al­ways open’ dur­ing busy year ahead

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Working For You -

I’d like to start my lat­est col­umn by wish­ing Ad­ver­tiser read­ers a very happy and pros­per­ous new year.

I hope that you en­joyed the fes­tive pe­riod and man­aged to get some time to re­lax.

I’d also like to thank the lo­cal po­lice, health­care work­ers, fire ser­vice and oth­ers who con­tin­ued to work dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son to keep us all safe.

Clearly it’s go­ing to be a very busy – and likely event­ful – year in UK and Scot­tish pol­i­tics.

As Brexit day looms, no one is any clearer on what sort of out­come this chaotic Tory Gov­ern­ment are tak­ing us to­wards.

Will there be an­other gen­eral elec­tion? Will there be an­other Brexit ref­er­en­dum? Will in­de­pen­dence con­tinue to rise in the polls as the most sen­si­ble op­tion?

What I’m clear about is, dur­ing all of this, I will be con­tin­u­ing to rep­re­sent Coat­bridge and Chrys­ton in the best way I can.

In Par­lia­ment I’ll be vot­ing for pro­gres­sive Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment bills and for a bud­get that pro­tects and in­vests in the health ser­vice, ed­u­ca­tion and lo­cal gov­ern­ment even in the face of pro­longed UK Gov­ern­ment aus­ter­ity.

I’ll also be vot­ing to pro­tect Scot­land’s in­ter­ests through­out this Brexit saga at ev­ery turn.

Lo­cally, I’ll con­tinue to fight on all the is­sues im­por­tant to peo­ple across my con­stituency.

I’ll con­tinue to stand against any plans to have an in­cin­er­a­tor built at Carn­broe and to pur­sue Trans­port Scot­land to sort the on­go­ing sit­u­a­tion with the traf­fic lights at Shaw­head.

I’ll work to en­sure that the Time Cap­sule open­ing times are not con­tin­u­ally re­duced by stealth.

I’ll en­sure that con­stituents across the whole of Coat­bridge and Chrys­ton get the chance to have their say through the in­de­pen­dent re­view of the Mon­k­lands Hos­pi­tal con­sul­ta­tion.

I will take up any is­sue for peo­ple and my door is al­ways open; my surgery de­tails are on my so­cial me­dia pages and are reg­u­larly ad­ver­tised here in the Ad­ver­tiser, so please feel free to get in touch at any time.

I’d like to end by men­tion­ing Al­bion Rovers; it’s been a tough sea­son for the team so far and, as many will know, the Coat­bridge club is rooted to the bot­tom of the ta­ble.

Due to league re­struc­ture this means that the club could be rel­e­gated out of the pro­fes­sional league.

I feel this would be a huge loss to Coat­bridge as a whole; I know a lot of peo­ple are sym­pa­thetic to­wards Rovers’ per­ilous plight, even if they are not their first team.

If any­one is still think­ing of a new year’s res­o­lu­tion, why not com­mit to get­ting along to a Rovers game or two dur­ing the re­main­der of the sea­son and give the side your back­ing?

It’s the best way to sup­port the team and hope­fully it will help turn their for­tunes around and see them pick up enough points to avoid rel­e­ga­tion; I know that I will be try­ing harder to get to more Rovers games in the com­ing months.

Show of sup­port Mr MacGregor has called for peo­ple to back Al­bion Rovers boss Kevin Harper (pic­tured) and his team for the rest of the sea­son

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