By Lucy Ashton

Scottish Labour Leader Anas Sarwar joined Jackie Baillie MSP and the party’s candidates to launch the West Dunbartonshire manifesto ahead of next month’s local elections.

Candidates across all six of the West Dunbartonshire ward areas are looking for your vote on May 5th and will offer a council which will respond to your concerns and make sure your worries are at the heart of their decision making.

Their manifesto focuses on six main aims:

– Providing cost of living support

– Creating quality jobs and apprenticeships

– Delivering 2500 new affordable and socially rented homes

– Maintaining cleaner, safer neighbourhoods

– Raising attainment including a personal comeback plan for every pupil

– Being a caring council, reinstating pre-pandemic provision and quality of care

Dumbarton constituency MSP and Scottish Labour Deputy Leader, Jackie Baillie said: “I am proud to stand alongside the Labour candidates who are asking for your support on May 5th.

“Our Labour candidates know our communities inside out and will be local champions for you, your family and your community.

“People here are struggling to make ends meet during a cost of living crisis which is impacting on everyone, and the cost of commuting is piling on extra pressure. They have a full-proof plan which will help put money back in your pocket.

“They want to make sure that, although Covid is still around, people impacted during the pandemic have a chance to rebuild their lives including a personal comeback plan for every school pupil ensuring no-one is left behind.

“And social care is high on the agenda. As West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership sits on more than £6 million in reserves, people are having care packages cut and aids and adaptations refused or severely delayed. Our Scottish Labour candidates will make sure people get the support they need, reinstating care packages to the level they were at pre-pandemic.”

West Dunbartonshire Labour group leader, Councillor Martin Rooney, pictured right,  said: “Our communities deserve better than the SNP administration of the last five years who have overseen our streets becoming overgrown, full of litter and pothole-ridden. We will tackle these problems with our robust plans which we have set out in our manifesto.

“There is a strong group of campaigning candidates for Scottish Labour who will improve the fortunes of our communities. Vote Scottish Labour on May 5th.”

Top picture (left to right) :  Councillor John Millar (Leven Ward), Councillor David McBride (Dumbarton Ward), Councillor Douglas McAllister (Kilpatrick Ward), Councillor Lawrence O’Neill (Kilpatrick Ward), Hazel Sorrell (Lomond Ward), Gurpreet Singh Johal (Dumbarton Ward), Scottish Labour Leader Anas Sarwar, Clare Steel (Clydebank Central Ward), June McKay (Clydebank Waterfront Ward), Councillor Danny Lennie (Clydebank Waterfront Ward), Craig Edward (Clydebank Central), Michelle McGinty (Leven Ward) and Councillor Martin Rooney (Lomond Ward).


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