East Kilbride West candidate, John Reilly, has called for councils across Scotland to work together for the benefit of the economy as a survey reveals nearly 10% of Labour councillors elected in 2007 are now standing for a different party or as independents.

John said:

“Labour’s problems in Glasgow are well-documented, but we see here that these fall-outs have been happening all across the country.

“These figures are testament to a Party that has seriously lost its way in Local Government, and shows a breakdown in belief among many of its members.

“In East Kilbride, the Labour candidates are pledging to deliver the SNP’s Council Tax Freeze policy while Labour MP, Michael McCann, is calling for it to be scraped.

“The people of East Kilbride do not have time to wait for Labour to sort out their problems – they need action now.

“After years of Labour control at South Lanarkshire, people are calling for change and the SNP are the only party who can deliver.

“That is the reason why we are continually hearing on the doorsteps of East Kilbride that people will be voting SNP on 3rd May for an open, transparent and fair administration that will listen to the people.

“The next few years are absolutely crucial for the economy. Rather than fighting amongst themselves, council groups need to work with each other and with the Scottish Government to serve constituents and build for economic recovery.”

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