Linda Fabiani led a lively debate on the future of East Kilbride at a recent East Kilbride SNP branch meeting. The local party welcomed the initiative of a Taskforce for East Kilbride, set up by South Lanarkshire Council following the closure announcement from Rolls Royce. The Taskforce is charged with formulating a strategic plan for jobs and economic growth in East Kilbride.

Garry Logue, EKSNP spokesman, said:

“SNP members locally, including our eight councillors and Linda Fabiani, MSP, look forward to working with all interested groups and individuals to make East Kilbride once again Scotland’s most successful business location. There has long been a feeling in East Kilbride that we got a raw deal when incorporated into South Lanarkshire, with other towns and areas seemingly prioritised ahead of us for development and local government spending. The Council needs to produce a plan for East Kilbride. Residents deserve to know what the Council plans to do to bring in jobs and economic growth to the Town. This Taskforce is a great opportunity to redress this balance and devise a competitive blueprint for East Kilbride’s continued improvement economically and socially.”

Linda Fabiani, MSP for East Kilbride, said:

“The Scottish Government at the outset offered their support to the Taskforce. There is Government representation on the Taskforce and a pledge to consider the feasibility of any proposals put forward. Fergus Ewing, The Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, confirmed to me again in Parliament this week that the Scottish Government will do all it can to assist the East Kilbride Taskforce.

“I will continue to push all concerned to commit to our town’s future. I want the Taskforce to deliver for East Kilbride, so that it remains a great place to live, work, do business and visit.”

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