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Cumbernauldnl.info talk to MSP Jamie Hepburn

Written by Angela Martin.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 00:00 GMT on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011.

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CUMBERNAULDNL.INFO caught up with Jamie Hepburn and put your questions to him.
 
What do you think of Cumbernauld?
 
"I love Cumbernauld. I think it’s a great place to live in and bring up a family, that’s why I chose to live here; its fantastic location means that it’s the Highland Gateway."

How long have you stayed in Cumbernauld?

"I’ve been in Cumbernauld since July 2008."

What made you go into politics?

"My analysis of society made me want to change Scotland, for the better, the SNP where the obvious choice."

How do you feel about the way North Lanarkshire council treats Cumbernauld?
 
"I feel that Cumbernauld gets left behind with North Lanarkshire Council."
 
"I don’t think Cumbernauld should stay under North Lanarkshire council they seem to have a merry deal to suit other’s needs."

Do you believe in the 'Carbuncle' and 'Concrete Jungle' image that Cumbernauld has?

"That is a label that outsiders often here about Cumbernauld, the town itself holds a lot of potential and that potential could be for-filled if Cumbernauld got more support, the town centre as not as helpful or inviting as it could be."
 

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What are your interests/hobbies?

"I like to read and I used to enjoy going to watch a Partick Thistle Football Club match, something I don’t get to do very often now, with family commitments."

What would be your ideal Sunday?

"My ideal Sunday... I would love to wake up when I want to, relax, watch some TV and read."

Who are your political influences?

"Numerous, one that really sticks in my mind is the SNP Glasgow member, Hamish McQueen, he has been a member since 1947 and he is very inspirational and influential."

Why choose to represent Cumbernauld?
 
"I was picked by the SNP in Cumbernauld then that when to selection and I got honourably picked which I was very pleased about."

Commenting, on Cumbernauldnl.info, Jamie said: "I think after all the negative press Cumbernauld gets it is an excellent idea I'm all for it and wish it every success."


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