There was a fantastic turnout for Tom Greatrex as he launched his re-election campaign for the 2015 General Election, and the bid to keep Rutherglen and Hamilton West a Labour Co-operative seat, in Cambuslang Institute.
Tom was joined by Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy, as well as dozens of local residents and party members at an event last week to launch his re-election campaign.
Tom said: "It has been a privilege to be the Member of Parliament for Rutherglen and Hamilton West over the past 5 years, and to represent the people of Rutherglen, Cambuslang, Blantyre and Hamilton West.
"Since my election in 2010, I have worked hard to raise the issues affecting my constituents, holding hundreds of surgeries and taking up cases of thousands of constituents, and getting involved to support dozens of local organisations in their work in our area. I have taken an active role in launching nationwide campaigns on issues that affect those I represent and people across all parts of the UK.
"After 2 years of exposing the shocking inadequacy of the Atos run work capability assessment, that company was finally sacked and had to pay money back to the taxpayer. We still need a much fairer way of helping people into work, and I am proud to have influenced my party’s policy to overhaul the assessment process completely.
"For the last three and a half years, I have been shadow energy minister – putting front and centre of the political debate the failure of the energy market and the way in which consumers have been ripped off again and again. More recently, I tabled amendments that the government were forced to accept to make sure all decisions made on fracking in Scotland are made by the Scottish Parliament, and bringing in safeguards through tougher regulations across all of the UK before any fracking can take place.
"This election is one of the most important general elections there has been in modern times- the decision we collectively will be making on 7 May is not only about who represents Rutherglen and Hamilton West in Parliament, it is also about the right policies for all of the country.Over the past five years we have seen living standards decline as wages have stagnated – and even after the very recent falls in inflation, people will end up worse off at the end of this Parliament this year than they were at the start in 2010 – the first time that has happened since the 1920s.
"A Labour government elected in May will have the right priorities and will take the decisions necessary to improve the lives of people across the UK - we will reform the energy market, freeze gas and electricity bills until 2017, impose a Mansion tax on the most expensive homes, and use those funds to protect the NHS, reverse the millionaires tax cut brought in by David Cameron and invest in infrastructure projects to create growth and prosperity, and get people into meaningful and rewarding jobs. This election is about which direction the UK will take, and who will form the next Government of the UK – and if people want a Labour Government, the only certain way to achieve that is by electing more Labour MPs on 7 May.
"That’s why we'll continue to be out on the doorsteps in the coming weeks and months, fighting for every vote come election day."
There was a fantastic turnout for Tom Greatrex as he launched his re-election campaign for the 2015 General Election, and the bid to keep Rutherglen and Hamilton West a Labour...