Ian Cruikshank, the local man standing as Glasgow Labour's candidate for the Garscadden/Scotstounhill by-election, writes on his experiences
Putting our communities first
There is no greater honour than representing your local area and on area and on October 7th I hope to be fighting for people in my community as their local Councillor.
For many years I’ve been out knocking on doors and speaking to hundreds of people in our local communities asking them what kind of place they want to live, work and pass to their children.
It’s been great to have members and activists from all across Glasgow joining us ahead of the by-election on October 6 to spread the message that it’s only a Labour council that can continue to deliver for Glasgow.
Here in Garscadden and Scotstounhill our record speaks for itself.
We’ve invested more than £6m in refurbishing our local primary schools and a new £20m school is set to open soon welcoming new pupils to the best learning environment possible.
At Scotstoun, the stadium is undergoing a transformation to become one of Scotland’s premier sporting venues, and a great new full time home for the Glasgow Warriors.
And our streets are now cleaner than ever before, with the new Environmental Task Force working across our communities to tackle fly tipping and littering to make our city look its best.
And speaking to people on the doors, they’ve all been clear about one thing. It’s high time the Tories and the SNP Government stopped ripping off Glasgow.
Glasgow’s budget has been hit with £130m of cuts – that’s money lost to cleaning our streets, caring for our vulnerable residents or providing the best education possible for our young people.
And only just last week we saw the SNP’s mask slip again even bigger cuts are on their way for next year. There’s no doubt that Glasgow’s going to be hit hard again
But in spite of the challenges, Glasgow Labour will never stop fighting for the city.
It’s Labour that’s been working with our communities, Labour that’s been delivering for our city and only Glasgow Labour that will stand up against the SNP’s cuts to Glasgow’s budget.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be continuing to take our message out on the doorsteps and throughout the communities across the ward to ensure that my community has a councillor that will always put them first.