FERRIER CALLS ON KILLEN TO COME CLEAN ON REFERENDUM CLAIMS

LABOUR CANDIDATE “ATTEMPTS TO WHITEWASH HIS OWN REMARKS”

SNP candidate for Rutherglen and Hamilton West Margaret Ferrier has blasted her Labour opponent’s claim that a vote for him is one to ‘reject a second referendum’ on Scottish independence, saying that a post on social media reveals his true thoughts.

In March of this year, a majority of MSPs in the Scottish Parliament backed holding a second independence referendum at the end of the Brexit process.

Reacting to news that Prime Minister Theresa May intended to ignore the outcome of the Holyrood vote Labour candidate Gerard Killen tweeted, “Still not over the last indyref & exhausted at the thought of a second but idea that UK Gov will block will of Scottish Parliament is indefensible.”

Ms Ferrier says that Mr Killen must now explain to voters why he has recently deleted the tweet and why his campaign literature contradicts his true position.

Commenting, SNP candidate for Rutherglen and Hamilton West Margaret Ferrier said:

“Mr Killen has certainly made independence a central campaign issue, urging voters to support him to ‘reject a second referendum’ despite previously saying it would be ‘indefensible’ for Westminster to block it.

“Even he knows his position is confused and contradictory – which perhaps explains his attempts to whitewash his own remarks by deleting his tweet. Voters will make up their own minds on this, but I imagine many will be left thinking that Mr Killen will say anything to try and get elected, even if he himself doesn’t believe it.

“This General Election is not about a second independence referendum – it’s about electing a champion for our communities and a strong voice at Westminster. I’m asking people to place their trust in me again on 8th June to continue my strong track record.”

ENDS

FERRIER IN VOTER REGISTRATION CALL

Margaret Ferrier, the SNP candidate for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, is calling on all those who have not yet registered to vote to do so.

The call comes with less than a week to go until voter registration for the General Election closes.

Commenting, Ms Ferrier said:

“As a result of the many elections and referenda we’ve had in the last few years voter registration levels are quite high, however I’m still speaking with people on doorsteps who haven’t quite got round to it.

“Against the backdrop of Brexit and an increasingly right-wing Tory party determined to continue the pursuit of an ideological austerity agenda, it is more important than ever that people use their vote.

“Don’t lose your chance to have your say in the General Election on 8th June – register to vote today.”

Voter registration takes five minutes online at registertovote.scot. Further information can be sought from the local Electoral Registration Office on 01698 476000. The deadline for voter registration is 11:59pm on 22 May. You don’t need to register again if you’ve already registered.

ENDS

FERRIER: “BACK ME ON MY RECORD” AS HARDEST-WORKING MP

SNP CANDIDATE SMASHED PREDECESSOR’S SPEAKING RECORD

SNP Westminster candidate Margaret Ferrier has called on Rutherglen and Hamilton West voters to back her on her record, as it was announced that she contributed to more debates and question sessions in two years as an MP than her predecessor did in five.

Figures obtained from Hansard – the official report of everything said by MPs at Westminster – show that since her election in 2015 until Parliament was dissolved last week (3rd May), Ms Ferrier made 304 contributions compared to 301 made by her Labour forerunner over his entire five year term.

Ms Ferrier’s most spoken-about topics include support for the steel industry, state pension inequality, the closure of Cambuslang Jobcentre, mis-selling of solar panels to constituents in Blantyre and Hamilton, and the ongoing conflict in Yemen.

Commenting, SNP candidate Margaret Ferrier said:

“Having already been named as the top-talking Scot at Westminster during my time as an MP, surpassing the record of my predecessor within such a short space of time shows just how hard I’ve been working for people right across the constituency.

“I’ve been getting on with the day job, debating key issues that people have contacted me about as well as directly raising constituent cases to help get problems resolved for them; and provided strong opposition to the Tories and their pernicious policies.

“I promised to be a strong voice for Rutherglen & Hamilton West during my election campaign in 2015, and I have delivered. I’m asking voters to back me on my record as the hardest-working MP this constituency has ever had to ensure the Tories are held to account and that Scotland’s voice continues to be heard.”

ENDS

NOTES

Grouped Hansard results:
Margaret Ferrier – https://hansard.parliament.uk/search/MemberContributions?memberId=4386&type=Spoken&outputType=Group
Tom Greatrex – https://hansard.parliament.uk/search/MemberContributions?memberId=4047&type=Spoken&outputType=Group

COUNCIL SUCCESS “PROVES ONLY THE SNP CAN BEAT THE TORIES”

SNP EMERGE AS LARGEST PARTY, LEAVING LABOUR IN DISARRAY

Rutherglen & Hamilton West SNP Westminster candidate Margaret Ferrier said today (6 May) that the SNP victory in the South Lanarkshire Council elections this week “proves only the SNP can beat the Tories” in the forthcoming General Election on 8th June.

The Scottish National Party emerged as the largest party in the council for the first time, taking 27 seats, while Labour finished on 21 – almost half of what the entered the elections with – losing many to the Tories.

The SNP also won the local elections across Scotland with more seats and more votes than any other party, and as the largest party in more councils than any other party.

Commenting, SNP Westminster candidate Margaret Ferrier said:

“The SNP won this election and these results confirm – now more than ever – that only the SNP can stand up to an increasingly hardline right-wing Tory government.

“Labour’s pitiful performance, which saw them lose seat after seat to the Conservatives, proves only the SNP can beat the Tories. Labour are fast becoming totally irrelevant in Scottish politics, and UK-wide are weak and ineffective – unable to muster any form of opposition to the Tories, let alone form a Government.

“For two years now, myself and my SNP colleagues have been the real opposition at Westminster. If you want to protect Scotland’s interests, and stand up to the Tories, then the only way to do it is by voting SNP on 8th June.”

ENDS

 

JOB CENTRE PLUS PLANS ARE ‘COMPLETELY INCOHERENT’

TORY PROPOSALS NEED TO GO ‘BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD’

SNP MP and member of the Scottish Affairs Committee Margaret Ferrier has said the closure of Job Centre Plus offices around Scotland is ‘completely incoherent’ – and ‘need to go back to the drawing board’ urgently.

The comments come as the cross party Westminster Committee publishes its report into the Tory plans to axe a long list of office locations – including a total of eight in the Glasgow area – causing needless uncertainty for staff and for service users.

SNP MPs have raised the issues at Westminster on many occasions and it has become abundantly clear that the Tories have completely failed to make any kind of plans and demonstrate a complete lack of any kind of strategic thinking.

Margaret Ferrier MP commented:

“These Tory plans are rightly condemned by the committee for what they are – completely incoherent and inadequate. The government needs to go back to the drawing board urgently.

“The Tories present this as some kind of well thought out, planned programme long-term planning but we have found that it is anything but – and is more of an opportunistic cost cutting exercise.

“Our report also find that the treatment of staff and service users fell short of what should be expected. This scattergun and ill thought through plan will disrupt so many people who depend on the centres for help and advice on getting into work.

“Jobcentre Plus offices are there to serve their communities, when people are often at their most vulnerable, these proposals will fail to do this adequately. The UK Government must look at this policy again and come back with a coherent solution that works for the people who use the service, as well as being value for money.”

ENDS

NOTES

Link to the Scottish Affairs Committee report