Trade unions in West Dunbartonshire are organising two hustings events in the build up to next month’s big vote.
Clydebank Town Hall will host the first on Monday December 2 at 7pm, before the same start time for a second event on Thursday, December 5 at Dumbarton’s Concord Community Centre.
And speaking to the Lennox Herald Tom Morrison, secretary of the Clydebank TUC revealed that he believes it’s not brexit that will dominate the discussion locally.
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He said: “I don’t think it’s working out as the Brexit election that channels like Sky News would have you believe. A lot of it is about public expenditure.
“Universal Credit is one of the biggest causes of poverty, we’ve got people involved in the foodbank and some of the statistics from it are harrowing.
“For the fifth biggest economy in the world to have people who are reliant on foodbanks is horrendous.”
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With only Labour’s Jean Anne Mitchell and independent Andrew Muir having confirmed their attendance at the time of writing, Tom is optimistic that the rest of the candidates will follow suit - and he also believes that mood in West Dunbartonshire could be changing.
He continued: “I’m pretty sure we’ll get them all because it will look terrible if they don’t turn up, it looks like they’re running scared.
“For once we have a clear left-wing manifesto compared to previous years with Labour, and the SNP are strong in West Dunbartonshire too - although their performance with the council won’t help them I don’t think.
“From the Trade Union, and I don’t speak for everyone here, there is a strong support for both Jeremy Corbyn and for the SNP, but I feel as if a lot of people will be begrudgingly voting for the SNP because they support Scottish independence.
“I think there will be quite a bit of criticism for the SNP from left though, especially after the council cuts.
“It will be interesting; Labour cut right into the SNP’s majority last time and I think a lot of people might not be happy with the SNP’s record, it will be very, very close.”
There will also be a hustings event this Thursday at Lomond Parish Church, Lomond Road in Balloch between 7pm and 9pm.
Chaired by Rev Ian Miller, who is locum minister at present, the event is open to all.
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