FERRIER TO STAND FOR RE-ELECTION

CURRENT MP RESELECTED AS A STRONG VOICE FOR RUTHERGLEN AND HAMILTON WEST

Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP Margaret Ferrier has been confirmed as the SNP candidate in the upcoming General Election on 8 June. The announcement was made on Saturday (22 April) following a meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee which ruled that Ms Ferrier was reselected with immediate effect.

The local MP has welcomed the news, saying that she wants to build on her “strong track record of holding the Tories to account at Westminster”.

Since 2015, Scottish National Party MPs have outperformed Labour and Tory MPs by participating in far more debates at Westminster than either party. In 2015-16, SNP MPs spoke in an average of 61 debates. This is almost double the number of their Labour predecessors, who spoke in an average of just 27 debates in 2014-15.

Recently Ms Ferrier was named the top talking Scot at Westminster, having contributed to 173 different debates, question, and statement sessions in the House of Commons in 2016 – more than any other Scottish MP.

Commenting, Margaret Ferrier MP said:

“Representing Rutherglen and Hamilton West in London has been an enormous privilege, and I look forward to asking voters to once again place their trust in me so that I can continue my strong track record of holding the Tories to account at Westminster.”

“I have been the strong voice that I promised during my 2015 election campaign – contributing more than any other Scottish MP at Parliament – and a champion for the diverse and distinct communities across Rutherglen, Cambuslang, Halfway, Blantyre, and Hamilton West.

“This general election is fundamental to the kind of country we want to be. We simply cannot allow the Tories to inflict deeper cuts and further austerity on Scotland and, with Labour in complete disarray, only the SNP are offering any real opposition to the Tories.”

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NOTES

Prior press release on Ms Ferrier’s speaking record at parliament – http://margaretferrier.scot/2017/02/24/ferrier-ranked-top-talking-scot/

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