Labor candidates on the North Lanarkshire council election trail

Coatbridge & Chryston’s Labor candidates were joined by MSPs from across the region as they officially launched their campaign for next month’s local elections.

The party has 10 candidates in the five wards covering the parliamentary constituency, with incumbent councilors Alex McVey, Bill Shields, Kevin Docherty, Mary Gourlay, Geraldine Woods, Michael McPake and John McLaren being joined on the respective ward ballots by Joseph Beekman , Andrew Bustard and Margaret-Ann Shaw.

They were joined by representatives from the Center of Scotland party in Holyrood to launch the campaign – Monica Lennon, former party leader Richard Leonard and former North Lanarkshire councilor Mark Griffin.



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Coatbridge North representative Bill Shields, who has been a councilor for over two decades, said: “I am delighted to be alongside a fantastic array of local candidates from across our region.

“I am particularly delighted to see young people representing the Labor Party at Coatbridge & Chryston, as their perspective on the challenges we face is crucial.

“Every Labor candidate in this area will work tirelessly to ensure that every community has a local champion on the council.”

The current administration’s party group – which is among 42 Labor candidates standing in North Lanarkshire’s 21 wards – says it is ‘proud to stand on Labour’s record and its positive vision for the future’.

The candidates said in a message to voters: “The record of work at the grassroots level includes the groundbreaking Club 365 program, several new social housing developments, the first-ever clothing grant for kindergarten students and investments in schools and community facilities.

“Despite over a decade of SNP government cuts to council budgets, Labor Councilors have stood by your side and if elected in May we will work to secure additional investment for our region and we will be always by your side.

“Our most recent budget created a Cost of Living Fund to help families in need, a Greener Future Fund to make our local environment cleaner, and a Next Generation Fund to give local children best start in life.”

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