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Commenting on the Youtube remarks by SNP candidate for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, in which she says the General Election is about “twisting arms” to “get another referendum”, Labour’s Douglas Alexander said:

 

“My focus in this election is to recruit more nurses for the RAH, ban exploitative zero hour contracts and increase the minimum wage.

 

“In contrast the SNP are boasting on Youtube that this election is about twisting arms to get another referendum. They see the election on May 7th as a mandate to once again push for separation.

 

“Just a few months ago the SNP said last year’s referendum was a once in a lifetime event. But now they are saying we will be right back on the road to another referendum if people in Renfrewshire vote SNP.

 

“Only Labour can replace this Tory government. A vote for the SNP puts us right on the road to a second referendum and risks the Tories being the largest party and forming the government.

 

“My message to local people in Renfrewshire is a straightforward one. If we want Labour government and the end to austerity, the end to the Bedroom Tax, a real assault on food bank poverty, and zero hours contract poverty then we need to vote Labour on May 7th.”

 

ENDS

 

NOTES

 

Paisley & Renfrewshire South's SNP candidate’s quote: "That's why May is so important. The only way to beat first past the post is to unite the vote. And if we can send back that many SNP MPs to Westminster...that is the power to twist their arm and get that other referendum."


Link to video (at 14 mins 36 seconds): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWYD7YJXM1Q&t=14m36s

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Local MP Douglas Alexander has welcomed the announced by BT that superfast broadband is being installed in Lochwinnoch and more areas of Paisley.

 

Douglas Alexander, as the local Member of Parliament until Parliament was dissolved last month, has been a long standing campaigner for better broadband in Renfrewshire.

 

He has had continuing discussions with BT and the Scottish Government, as well as holding a public meeting with brought together all the key agencies to hear the concerns of local people.

 

The latest phase of the rollout of superfast broadband programme will see thousands of Renfrewshire families benefit including Lochwinnoch and the Thornly Park area of Paisley.

 

Douglas Alexander said:

 

“This is great news for the local families and businesses that have been suffering for too long from slow internet speeds.

 

“I pushed BT and the Scottish Government to start this work as early as possible.

 

“Earlier this year I was pleased to be able to confirm to these residents that upgrade work had been brought forward and we are now seeing the cables being laid.

 

“This is a huge improvement from when I started our campaign - when it seemed like villages in Renfrewshire were being dismissed as not commercially viable for investment.

 

"I grew up in a Renfrewshire village and so I know how important good connectivity is for our community. I am determined not to allow our area to be left behind. I have made it a priority to fight for the better broadband Renfrewshire deserves.”

 

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“GREAT NEWS” AS SUPERFAST BROADBAND COMING TO THOUSANDS MORE LOCAL FAMILIES

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Commenting on figures that show more 1 million people have used food banks in the past year, Douglas Alexander said:

 

“The numbers of people turning to food banks in Renfrewshire is soaring as local people face a cost of living crisis on an unprecedented scale.

 

“The scale of the food crisis facing local people is why I am determined to fight to throw out this cruel Tory government.

 

“Local families have really suffered at the hands of the Tories. The Tory’s policies are causing benefit delays and sanctions that are one of the biggest reasons people are forced to use food banks.

 

“The choice at this election is between giving the Tories another five years, or replacing them with a  Labour government that will help local families. And only by voting Labour will we secure a Labour government.

 

“Labour will set up a £175 million Scottish Anti-Poverty Fund and we will scrap the bedroom tax. We will also end government targets on benefit sanctions and make work pay by banning exploitative zero hour contracts, raising the minimum wage and extending the living wage.

 

“Renfrewshire can’t afford another Tory government. We need to stop them being the largest party. Only Labour can deliver the change we need.”

 

ENDS

 

LINK - http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/22/food-bank-users-uk-low-paid-workers-poverty

 

 

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