Gordon Matheson: Labour has the vision and the love for Glasgow
GLASGOW goes to the polls next week. You've probably had lots of letters about the elections - but there is something specific I want to say.
I am privileged to have been the Labour leader of Glasgow City Council for two years.
The decision on whether I continue in that role rests in your hands. So I want to tell you why I am seeking re-election.
In Glasgow, Labour has a proven record of achievement - the only major city where unemployment fell last year, the first place to pay a living wage, the largest apprenticeship scheme for school leavers, new secondary schools for all, free childcare for three-year-olds, better school results and winning the Commonwealth Games.
And we've done all this while freezing the council tax for the last seven years.
But it didn't happen by accident. It happened because Labour are offering the best team with a vision of change. If you re-elect me, I give you this promise - everything Labour does will be focused on putting Glasgow first.
The leader of the SNP group - the person who wants my job - actually admitted she hadn't thought of any policies for Glasgow, and said on the BBC she saw the elections as a stepping stone to the referendum.
Only this week, she told a newspaper she wasn't sure she wanted the job and it was "up in the air" whether she would quit.
These elections are not a "stepping stone" to anything.
Nobody steps on Glasgow.
Glasgow doesn't need a leader all up in the air. I am totally committed to Glasgow. Glasgow needs a leader up to the job and up for the job of helping to transform our city.
I am not standing to use Glasgow as part of a campaign for or against independence, but because I love this city as much as you. That's why I have set out 100 things Labour will do for Glasgow. They are ambitious but affordable. If you elect my team, we will do every one of them.
We will refurbish or rebuild your local primary school, provide extra childcare for three-year-olds, build thousands of new homes to rent and help first time buyers own their first house.
Our Glasgow Guarantee plan will create jobs and apprenticeships for young people, graduates and over-50s. Enforcement officers will help tackle litter and dog fouling. Pensioners will get extra help for heating.
That's Labour's action plan for Glasgow - and you can read more at www.glasgowlabour.com
So when you vote next Thursday, ask yourself whether you want a party who will put the referendum first, or a strong Labour team to put Glasgow first.
That's why I am asking you to place your trust in your local Labour candidates.
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