Tom Greatrex, Scottish Labour & Co-operative Party candidate for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, commenting on his nomination, said:
"This is one of the most important elections for a generation. Scotland faces a clear choice between five more years of Tory cuts or a Labour government with a better plan, putting fairness into the economy. for the many, not the few. We need Labour’s better plan for our economy, one that recognises that Scotland only prospers when it works for working people. We simply cannot afford another Tory Government. On 8th May, there will either be a Labour government or a Tory government - voting for other parties only increases the chances of the Tories being the largest party and being able to carry on with David Cameron in Downing Street,
"There is so much that needs to change and improve - and it is vital the new government focus on investing in the NHS, getting rid of the bedroom tax, bringing fairness into the economy by reversing the Tory millionaires tax cut and increasing the minimum wage to at least £8 an hour, incentivising the living wage and getting rid of exploitative zero hours contract. Those changes will only come with a Labour government. It has been a privilege to represent our communities for the past five years. With the support of the people of Rutherglen and Hamilton West, I will continue to speak up strongly on the issues that matter in Parliament."
Those nominating Tom from the Hamilton part of the constituency said:
"Tom Greatrex has worked hard to speak up for local businesses - big or small - over the past 5 years. He understands the issues we face and has championed us both locally and nationally. The Labour Party's policies are those we need to improve society and give people in Blantyre a fairer deal"
John Tierney, from Blantyre, a former Yes campaigner:
John Freeman, from Friends of Udston and Glenlee Woods, Hamilton:
"Tom Greatrex works hard for our community and I'm grateful for the long-standing support he has given to the Friends of Udston and Glenlee Woods. But more than that, Tom argues passionately and articulately for the policies to help working people and he has the clout in Westminster to get things done."
Cathy Huchison, from High Blantyre:
“Tom holds surgeries every week, and he is always there to listen and to help. He gives everything to people here – and will do all he can to fight for them. We need an MP who doesn’t take this area for granted, who works hard and is willing to go the extra mile. That’s why Tom has got my vote.”
John Martin, from Torhead Farm:
“Tom has helped me on two occasions and he is one of the most approachable, down to earth guys you could ever meet. He works hard and gets things done – it would be hard to beat his commitment to the area. I don’t always vote Labour but I’m definitely voting for Tom.”
Tom Greatrex has officially been nominated as the Scottish Labour & Co-operative Party candidate for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, lodging his papers with South Lanarkshire Council's election office last week.