General Election: Live Updates



Last updated by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Last updated at  04:01 on 8 May 2015


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Welcome to the Cumbernauld Media General Election: Live Updates page. 

Every once and a while we will update this page with the latest announcements, events, news and rumours that are swirling around the political battle for the constituency of Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East. 

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Source: Cumbernauld Media.
Posted at 04:00 on 8 May 2015


And, that's it all over: no more leaflets, no more hustings, no more boring news updates - yes, the election is over; and, in Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East the result has been decisive: Stuart McDonald from the Scottish National Party (SNP) has been elected. 

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East was the third North Lanarkshire constituency to declare its results, which came at shortly after 3.30am in the early hours of Friday (May 8th) morning. 

Returning Officer Gavin Whitefield confirmed that 49,508 votes had been cast in the election for the Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East constituency, with 126 rejected ballot papers, on a 73.8% percentage poll.

John William Duncan from the Scottish Liberal Democrats came last in the contest for the constituency, with 1,099 votes; Malcolm George Eric MacKay from the Scottish Conservative and Unionists won 3,891 votes; while Scottish Labour Party candidate, and former MP, Gregg McClymont came second in the contest, with 14,820 votes. 

John William Duncan, Scottish Liberal Democrats - 1,099
Malcolm George Eric MacKay, Scottish Conservative and Unionist - 3,891
Gregg McClymont, Scottish Labour Party - 14,820
Stuart Campbell McDonald, Scottish National Party (SNP) - 29,572
 

          

Source: Cumbernauld Media.
Posted at 20:57 on 6 May 2015


Voters across the UK will be able to go to the polls tomorrow for a General Election which has been pre-emptively labelled as the “most exciting” election in recent British history. 

In Scotland, history looks set to made – if the polls are correct – with a large number of voters in former Labour heartland seats likely to abandon the ‘peoples’ party’ and support the Scottish National Party (SNP). 

Polls both in Scotland and locally suggest that Labour look set to lose control, with former Labour MP Gregg McClymont set to lose – if polls are correct. 

Predictions suggest a swing of around 25 per cent from the former Labour MP to the local SNP challenger, Stuart McDonald; and, when we combine all of the comparable data which looks at a possible result for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East we find the SNP to be potentially victorious. 

Cumbernauld Media have broken down every constituency poll, prediction and survey, and the headline result, in percentage terms for each party, is outlined below.

SNP: 52.995%
Liberal Democrats: 1.8%
Others: 3.7%
Conservatives: 7.39%
Labour: 35.99%
UKIP: 2.1%
Greens: 0.6%.

The results above account for a 'poll of polls' locally, though there are a couple of problems with the averages that we have derived at, though all of the detail is online, and you read the full story on Cumbernauld Media, here.
 

      

Source: Cumbernauld Media.
Posted at 20:00 on 6 May 2015

That's right, folks: Cumbernauld Tax Office is back in the news again; and, this as with last time we brought you this story, the issue remains the same, i.e. it appears there's a serious threat to the long-term future of the site.

In documents which have now been seen by Cumbernauld Media it is clear HMRC plans significant staff cutbacks while closing bases throughout the UK and moving operations to specific centralised 'regional centres'.

The issue looks likely to become the first major local issue that the area's new MP will have to face whenever he is elected on Friday morning. 

Cumbernauld Media reports that:

THE long term future of Cumbernauld's HMRC site has once again became a fierce political battleground, as voters prepare to go to the polls tomorrow.

Cumbernauld's Tax Office site, in St. Mungo's Road featured heavily at the beginning of the General Election campaign, in January 2015, as news circulated that HMRC were looking to potentially close the site and move its operations to a regionalised centre in Glasgow.

Read the full story on Cumbernauld Media, here.
 

    

Source: The Cumbernauld News & Kilsyth Chronicle.
Posted at 16:15 on 1 May 2015

The Cumbernauld News and Kilsyth Chronicle has picked up the story of Nicola Sturgeon joining actor Martin Compston and Stuart McDonald, the SNP's candidate for the Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirktintilloch East seat on a campaign visit to JUMP Gymnastics last Sunday (26th April), in a delicately balanced PR stunt to launch the party's Youth Manifesto.

The newspaper reports that:
 

Scotland’s young people are to be “empowered” by a raft of ground-breaking measures designed to put them centre stage in the country’s future.

That was the bold promise relayed to Cumbernauld young adults by surprise visitor Nicola Sturgeon – who chose the town’s Jump Gym for the launch of her government’s Youth Manifesto.

The First Minister was clearly use the popular gym as an inspiring exemplar of what Scotland’s youngsters are capable of .

She joined TV’s Line of Duty star Martin Compston for the event, at which the SNP pledged to extend voting rights to 16 and 17-year-olds and boost the minimum wage for under-18’s by more than £1,20 an hour.

It also promises to deliver 30,000 Modern Apprenticeships each year, and expand entitlement to Educational Maintenance Allowance to support 57,000 school pupils and college students.


You can read the full story on the Cumbernauld News and Kilsyth Chronicle's website
 

           

Source: The Daily Telegraph.
Posted at 09:10 on 1 May 2015

The Daily Telegraph today has created a helpful online tool which estimates when each of the 650 constituencies throughout the UK when return the number of votes cast for each candidate and declare the winner. 

For Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, The Telegraph suggests that a declaration might be made around 4am, though the result was declared at 2:15am in 2010, so it might be earlier than the 4am suggested by the title.

Read the full story on the Daily Telegraph website.
 

   

Source: North Lanarkshire Council.
Posted at 18:00 on 30 April 2015

North Lanarkshire Council are appealing for as many people to vote on May 7th as possible, so that everybody can make their voice heard in a General Election which could be the most historic on record. 

North Lanarkshire Council's website carries an appeal from North Lanarkshire Returning Officer, Gavin Whitefield:
 

Remember to use your vote in the UK Parliamentary Election on Thursday 7 May.

Returning Officer Gavin Whitefield is reminding everyone who is eligible to make their vote count.

"If you registered to vote, you will have received a polling card giving details of your local polling station," Mr Whitefield explains.


Read the full story on the North Lanarkshire Council website here.
 

  

Source: The Cumbernauld News & Kilsyth Chronicle.
Posted at 17:00 on 29 April 2015

All together now, 1-2-3: Cheerio, count! In case you can't guess what we're on about, the Cumbernauld News and Kilsyth Chronicle carries the story today confirming that the counting of votes for the constituency of Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East will be undertaken at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility - something described by the title as the "end of an era".

The newspaper reports that:
 

For decades, Cumbernauld’s Tryst Centre is the place where would-be Westminster politicians have learned their fate.

It has transpired however that the centre will never be used again for this purpose.

In a blow to locally based party activists, the results of the General Election will be announced elsewhere.

It’s been confirmed that Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in Motherwell will host the General Election count for the first time and that ballot papers will be rushed to the complex as soon as the polls close at 10pm on Thursday March 7.

A spokesperson for North Lanarkshire Council confirmed that Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East would be one of four Lanarkshire constituencies involved in the count - and rejected suggestion that locals were not being accommodated.


Don't worry about the date mistake, there, dear readers: the election is definitely on May 7th, and not March 7th, as the article suggests. 

You can read the full story on the Cumbernauld News and Kilsyth Chronicle's website
 

            

Source: STV News.
Posted at 09:30 on 29 April 2015

STV News's lead this morning is on a dramatic exclusive poll by Ipsos-MORI, which puts the SNP's level of support on 54 per cent - a figure which, based on a uniform national swing, according to some electoral calculators see the Nationalists take every Labour seat in Scotland, with Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East being no exception.

Analysing the poll's results, STV News's Alastair Brian reports: 
 

The SNP is on course to take every seat in Scotland at the general election, according to the latest STV News poll.

A survey on voter intention showed 54% are set to back Nicola Sturgeon's party on May 7, up two points since January.

Based on the findings of the latest poll conducted by Ipsos-MORI , the Electoral Calculus website suggests that the SNP could win all 59 Scottish seats up for grabs. Other electoral calculators project Labour and the Liberal Democrats saving one seat each.


Read the full story on the STV News website here.
 

    

Source: BBC Scotland News Online.
Posted at 15:30 on 26 April 2015

Nicola Sturgeon was joined by actor Martin Compston and Stuart McDonald, the SNP's candidate for the Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirktintilloch East seat at JUMP Gymnastics earlier today, in a delicately balanced PR stunt to launch the party's Youth Manifesto.

The BBC picks up the story; and, online, BBC Scotland News reports:
 

Ms Sturgeon joined actor Martin Compston to commit her party to policies "to support and empower our young people".

The SNP youth manifesto states that 16 and 17-year-olds should be entitled to vote in all elections, as well as pledging to increase the minimum wage for under 18s by £1.20 an hour and create 30,000 modern apprenticeships each year.

The party said it would also continue to oppose the introduction of tuition fees for Scottish students at universities north of the border, and that its MPs would vote in favour of reducing tuition fees across the UK.

Ms Sturgeon said: "The biggest investment we can make in Scotland's future is in our young people - and as first minister I am determined to do everything I can to support and empower them.

"We are doing all we can to strengthen and grow our economy to provide more opportunities for young people close to home.

"In numbers at Westminster we go further - pushing for an increase in the minimum wage for under 18s by over £1.20 an hour to ensure more young people are better paid.

"A strong team of SNP MPs will stand up for the rights of young people at every turn and deliver the progressive action that is needed to support more of our young people into work, education or training."


Read the full story on the BBC Scotland News website.
 

        

Source: The Daily Record.
Posted at 15:20 on 26 April 2015

Nicola Sturgeon was joined by actor Martin Compston and Stuart McDonald, the SNP's candidate for the Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirktintilloch East seat at JUMP Gymnastics earlier today, in a delicately balanced PR stunt to launch the party's Youth Manifesto.

The Daily Record picks up the story; and in its online edition the newspaper reports: 
 

The SNP is the only party that can be trusted to stand up for Scotland's young people, actor Martin Compston has declared.

Compston, the star of the police drama Line of Duty said that while 16 and 17 year olds could not vote in May's General Election, Scottish nationalist MPs at Westminster would "ensure their voices are heard loudly and clearly".

The actor, who made his name as a troubled teenager in Ken Loach's Sweet Sixteen, joined up with SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon to unveil the party's youth manifesto during a visit to Cumbernauld.


Read the full story on the Daily Record website.
 

            

Source: The Evening Times.
Posted at 15:10 on 26 April 2015

Nicola Sturgeon was joined by actor Martin Compston and Stuart McDonald, the SNP's candidate for the Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirktintilloch East seat at JUMP Gymnastics earlier today, in a delicately balanced PR stunt to launch the party's Youth Manifesto.

The Evening Times picks up the story; and in its online edition the newspaper reports: 
 

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon tried her hand at gymnastics during a visit to a gym in Cumbernauld where she launched the SNP's youth manifesto.

She looked at ease trying out some of the equipment.

She was accompanied by actor Martin Compston, who made his name as a troubled teenager in Ken Loach's Sweet Sixteen.

Ms Sturgeon said: "The biggest investment we can make in Scotland's future is in our young people - and as First Minister I am determined to do everything I can to support and empower them.

"Last year's referendum showed us that the case for extending the right to vote to 16 and 17 year olds in every election is now unanswerable. The SNP will keep pushing for votes at 16 and 17 in all elections.

"In government in Scotland, the SNP is delivering 30,000 modern apprenticeships a year and we are expanding entitlement to Education Maintenance Allowance - scrapped south of the border - to support 57,000 school pupils and college students, making it easier for them continue their education.

"We have restored free higher education - and there will be no tuition fees in Scotland for as long as the SNP are in office.

"A strong team of SNP MPs at Westminster would support the reduction of tuition fees for students south of the border - giving more young people south of the border the chance to go to university."


Read the full story on the Evening Times website.
 

 

Source: SNP Press Office.
Posted at 15:00 on 26 April 2015

Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon; actor Martin Compston; and, SNP candidate for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, Stuart McDonald came to Cumbernauld today to launch the SNP's 'Youth Manifesto' ahead of the General Election.

The SNP's Press Office reports the story like this:
 

Nicola Sturgeon has today joined actor Martin Compston in Cumbernauld to launch the SNP’s Youth Manifesto, committing the SNP to policies to support and empower our young people.

The Youth Manifesto sets out the steps that SNP MPs will take to support young people into employment, education or training and pledges to extend the right to vote to 16 and 17 year olds.

The manifesto states that:

- The referendum proved beyond any doubt that 16 and 17 year olds should be given the vote in all elections. We will work to secure this change for future Westminster, Holyrood and European elections.

- We will work to build stronger local economies, with job opportunities for our young people close to home.

- We will back an increase in the minimum wage rate for under 18s by over £1.20 per hour.

- We’ll deliver 30,000 Modern Apprenticeships each year.

- We’ll expand entitlement to Educational Maintenance Allowance to support 57,000 school pupils and college students, making it easier for them continue their education.

- We have scrapped tuition fees and will keep university education free – ensuring access to higher education is never based on the ability to pay and saving students up to £9,000 per year.

- We would vote to reduce tuition fees across the UK.

- SNP MPs will press the UK to adopt the European Youth Guarantee to ensure faster intervention when a young person aged 16 to 24 is unemployed.


Read the full story on the SNP's website.
 

 

Source: The Cumbernauld News & Kilsyth Chronicle.
Posted at 16:00 on 23 April 2015

The Cumbernauld News and Kilsyth Chronicle has gone to print this week carrying a rather more flattering and positive story about the visit of Scottish Labour Leader, Jim Murphy, to Cumbernauld's Little Treasures nursery last Tuesday (14th April).

The newspaper reports that:
 

Anyone who was in any doubt that Cumbernauld is one of Scotland’s key General Election battlegrounds only has to consider the recent photo opportunity visits to the town by Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy.

Our photographer snapped him in action at the town’s Little Treasures nursery, where the embattled East Renfrewshire politician enjoyed meeting some of the voters of the future, while also discussing (for example) the finer points of cycling.

It was Mr Murphy’s latest trip to a constituency which in many ways could be a barometer for the way other west of Scotland will vote on May 7 – because on the face of it Labour candidate Gregg McClymont, shadow pensions minister, should be in one of the country’s safest seats.

But the same could be said of Mr Murphy, a seasoned political campaigner whose own astonishing success in East Renfrewshire – where he “came from nowhere” to wrest the seat from the Conservatives – proves the unusual can sometimes happen.

This time around everyone knows the SNP is mounting a formidable challenge to what used to be seen as the established order of things, and every Labour-held seat is in the frame.

Equally it seems a given that in the Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East four horse race there are only two serious runners.


You can read the full story on the Cumbernauld News and Kilsyth Chronicle's website
 

              

Source: International Business Times.
Posted at 14:00 on 17 April 2015

Yey! Cumbernauld's been in the press lately for lots of nice reasons: our little toon has become the talk of the steamie; well, in election terms it has at least, after Scottish Labour leader, Jim Murphy, visited a nursery in Cumbernauld. 

If you want more information about what Mr Murphy talked about on his visit then there's plenty of links and information on this live feed; but, for one moment, let's just enjoy the fact that the picture below has been described as "one of the funniest photos" of Murphy out campaigning.

Picture: 
Russell Cheyne/Reuters. Taken from this article

Presenting Murphy's picture has part of a larger collection of 'funny' campaign pics, David Sim writes on the IBT website:
 

Neither David Cameron's Conservatives nor Ed Miliband's Labour Party is forecast to win an overall majority in Britain's 650-seat parliament in the 7 May election. Both parties have lost support to once fringe parties such as the Scottish National Party and the UK Independence Party.

With no clear poll leader, all of the major parties (and some of the minor ones) have been campaigning hard and posing for photo opportunities, which don't always quite come off. IBTimesUK presents a second round-up some amusing recent campaign photos.


Read the full story on The International Business Times website.
 

  

Source: The Daily Telegraph.
Posted at 09:10 on 17 April 2015

Writing in the Daily Telegraph todayAsa Bennett has this to say about the Leaders' Debates, and the rise of the SNP in Scotland:
 

Nicola Sturgeon made a splash on Thursday night's live BBC challengers' debate, putting Ed Miliband on the back foot over whether they could work together to “lock David Cameron out of Downing Street”.

The Labour leader may have coyly insisted he would not seek any coalition with the Scottish National Party.


Out of a list of ten SNP target seats in Scotland, which Asa claims would "make May 7 especially painful for Ed Miliband", if the SNP won, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East is third. 

Read the full story on the Daily Telegraph website.
 

    

Source: The Herald.
Posted at 14:00 on 15 April 2015

Uh-Oh! Scottish Labour leader, Jim Murphy, was nearly shown up earlier this week, when he visited a nursery in Cumbernauld. No, no, not by the kids, but rather by a rare photo opportunity - an opportunity, which according to The Herald's Scottish Political Correspondent, Daniel Sanderson, was "narrowly avoided".

What am I talking about? I'll let Daniel explain...
 

AFTER the week he's had, the last thing Jim Murphy needed was an embarrassing photo to sum up his confused position over spending cuts.

It was something he narrowly avoided yesterday, when he prepared for TV interviews during a campaign event at a nursery in Cumbernauld - alongside a toy abacus and a child's calculator.

But Mr Murphy, who has been in the game a while, spotted the danger at the last minute. "Is this a set up?" he joked, as the unwelcome props were quickly jettisoned.


Read the full story on The Herald's website.
 

    

Source: Cumbernauld Media.
Posted at 20:59 on 14 April 2015

Jim Murphy's in town (or rather, he was). Yes, the Scottish Labour Leader was in Cumbernauld today, joining Gregg McClymont, Labour's contender for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East at the Little Treasure's Nursery. Here's how various newspapers, publications and websites covered his visit.



The Herald. 

JIM Murphy has denied that Labour's new focus on fiscal competence is unhelpful to his battle with the SNP north of the border because "Scots have a tradition of being canny about wanting to balance the books".

The Scottish Labour leader insisted that he and shadow chancellor Ed Balls were "singing from the same hymn sheet", the day after three senior figures in the UK party denied his suggestion, made in a televised debate, that an Ed Miliband-led administration would not have to make spending cuts after 2016.

Mr Murphy said he had been quoting the Institute for Fiscal Studies when he made the claim, but maintained that he had always been clear about the need to make savings and balance the books.

Speaking during a visit to a nursery school in Cumbernauld, he said: "I said on Sunday's tele we'd cap child benefit payments. I said in the debates we've been having that we'd balance the books and identified some of the savings we'd make at the MoD and elsewhere.

"Ed and I were campaigning last week and the week before in Scotland and we've both been very clear that we have to make savings... but it isn't all about cuts. We want more people out earning decent wages rather than subsidising low pay. That's a much more effective way of having economic growth."

FULL STORY


 


The Guardian.

Jim Murphy says he is absolutely confident the Scottish Labour party remains in charge of decision making in Scotland after a difficult 24 hours in which senior shadow cabinet ministers appeared to publicly contradict his spending plans.

Insisting he and the shadow chancellor, Ed Balls, in particular were “singing from the same hymn sheet”, Murphy denied he was feeling bruised after Monday’s events which saw Balls appear to contradict Murphy’s suggestion that there would be no further cuts in Scotland after 2015-16 under Labour in an interview on Radio 4’s Today programme.

Later, speaking on the Daily Politics, the shadow business secretary, Chuka Umunna, put it even more bluntly. “The leader of the Scottish Labour party will not be in charge of the UK budget,” in what was interpreted as a direct rebuke to Murphy as Ed Miliband attempted to rebrand Labour at his manifesto launch as the party of fiscal responsibility.

Speaking after a campaign visit to a nursery near Cumbernauld, Murphy argued: “You’re comparing what Ed Balls did say and what I didn’t say. I’ve been clear from the beginning that we’ve got to make savings. Ed and I have both been very clear that we have to balance the books, but it isn’t all about cuts. It’s a different approach to how we run our economy.”

FULL STORY

 
 


STV News.
 

Jim Murphy has insisted he and Ed Balls are "singing from the same hymn sheet" on Labour's spending plans.

The Scottish Labour leader was forced to deny he is at odds with UK party colleagues after shadow chancellor Mr Balls said he could not guarantee Scotland an exemption from spending cuts a Labour government would have to make.

Opponents claimed Mr Murphy had been "hung out to dry" as Mr Balls' comments appeared to contradict those the Scottish leader made in last week's televised general election debates.

In a further twist, shadow business secretary Chukka Umunna told BBC's Daily Politics: "The leader of the Scottish Labour Party will not be in charge of the UK budget."

Speaking on a visit to a nursery in Cumbernauld, Mr Murphy denied that the message of fiscal responsibility set out by Mr Miliband at the UK party's manifesto launch was unhelpful for his campaign in Scotland.

FULL STORY

 
    


BBC Scotland News Online.

In Cumbernauld, Mr Murphy said SNP plans for Scottish taxes supporting Scotland's finances would mean millions lost for working families in tax credits.

Mr Murphy said: "The SNP's reckless plans will cost working families the most, with a £7.6bn black hole in Scotland's finances and the end of the UK welfare state as we know it.

"Scotland doesn't have to choose between Tory austerity or SNP austerity max. Scottish Labour is the only party on the ballot paper offering a real alternative to austerity.

"Only Labour is big enough and strong enough to kick the Tories out and give working families the support they need."

FULL STORY

 
 


The Scotsman.

JIM Murphy yesterday insisted he and Ed Balls are “singing from the same hymn sheet” on Labour’s spending plans.

The Scottish Labour leader was forced to deny he is at odds with UK party colleagues after shadow chancellor Mr Balls said he could not guarantee Scotland would be exempt from the spending cuts a Labour government would have to make.

Ed and I were campaigning last week and the week before in Scotland and we’ve both been very clear that we have to make savings, we have to balance the books

Opponents claimed Mr Murphy had been “hung out to dry” as Mr Balls’s comments appeared to contradict those the Scottish leader made in last week’s televised debates.

Speaking on a visit to a nursery in Cumbernauld, Mr Murphy denied that the message of fiscal responsibility set out by Mr Miliband at the UK party’s manifesto launch was unhelpful for his campaign in Scotland.

He said: “I think Scots have a tradition of being people who are canny about wanting to balance the books … The issue is about how you do it.”

Mr Murphy said the Conservatives wanted deep spending cuts, and added that the SNP’s plans for full fiscal autonomy would cut Scotland off from the rest of the UK in terms of sharing resources.

FULL STORY

 
 


The Courier.

Jim Murphy has insisted he and Ed Balls are "singing from the same hymn sheet" on Labour's spending plans.

The Scottish Labour leader was forced to deny he is at odds with UK party colleagues after shadow chancellor Mr Balls said he could not guarantee Scotland an exemption from spending cuts a Labour government would have to make.

Opponents claimed Mr Murphy had been "hung out to dry" as Mr Balls's comments appeared to contradict those the Scottish leader made in last week's televised General Election debates.

In a further twist, shadow business secretary Chukka Umunna told BBC's Daily Politics: "The leader of the Scottish Labour Party will not be in charge of the UK budget."

Speaking on a visit to a nursery in Cumbernauld today, Mr Murphy denied that the message of fiscal responsibility set out by Mr Miliband at the UK party's manifesto launch was unhelpful for his campaign in Scotland.

FULL STORY

 



Source: The Kirkintilloch Herald.
Posted at 14:00 on 8 April 2015

The Kirkintilloch Herald reports that:
 

There will be a General Election hustings in Campsie Memorial Hall on April 15, starting at 7.30pm.

A panel of candidates for the Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East constituency will attend to debate and ask questions from the audience.


You can read the Kirkintilloch Herald's story here.
 

   

Source: The National.
Posted at 12:10 on 7 April 2015

Scottish newspaper title, The National, covers news today that Nicola Sturgeon wants there to be no rise in the Scottish pension age, due to lower life expectancy in some parts of Scotland compared with the rest of the UK.

The title carries a comment from Gregg McClymont, Labour's candidate for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, who went on the offensive, claiming that the Nationalists were hiding a "Barnett bombshell" from older Scots.

The National reports:
 

Gregg McClymont, the Labour candidate for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, said the SNP are hiding a “Barnett bombshell” from pensioners.

The Labour candidate said: “The SNP want only Scottish taxes to support Scottish spending – that would end the UK shared pension. To pretend otherwise is simply dishonest.

“A UK Labour Government will guarantee the Barnett formula, the UK-wide deal which means higher public spending in Scotland, and which protects Scotland’s higher-per-head pension benefits. A Labour Government is committed to the triple lock on state pensions.”


Read the full story on The National's website.
 

         

Source: The Guardian.
Posted at 22:00 on 1 April 2015

There's nothing sadder that a journalist trying to be funny with word play and through the use of puns - this one though is election-related, so we thought we'd share it. 

Writing in The Guardian, David Marsh contends that "Where you vote can say a lot about who you are, or were. But some constituencies are more evocative than others".

Of Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, he has this to say (we'll leave it to you, dear readers, to consider whether or not it's funny):
 

If the predicted Labour and Liberal Democrat meltdown takes place in Scotland, 8 May will be a great day for the headline writers. Polls suggest the SNP will capture Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East:

CUMBER NULLED! KILLING IN KILSYTH AS KIRKINTILLOCH EAST GOES WEST


Read the full story on The Guardian website.
 

  

Source: Scotland on Sunday.
Posted at 09:03 on 29 March 2015

David Maddox and Scott Macnab from The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday lead on a story which centres around claims that Scottish Labour are targeting key seats in a bid to halt the SNP at the forthcoming General Election. 

Today's Scotland on Sunday reports that:
 

THE Labour party has drawn up a “rescue package” of crucial 12 Scottish seats that it must win to stand a chance of forming a government after this week’s general election.

It comes as Nicola Sturgeon suggests that Labour has “given up entirely” on Scotland, failing to eat into the SNP poll lead. The First Minister will today launch a final surge on Labour seats in the central Scotland battleground. Opinion polls suggest Labour faces a wipeout of its 41 seats in Scotland.


Of the 12 seats which the party believes they can still win, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East is not one. 

The report claims: 

With four days to go before the vote on Thursday, party officials have decided to focus all their attention on just 12 seats where they believe they “still have a fighting chance to win”.

The seats are Aberdeen South, Edinburgh East, Edinburgh South, Edinburgh South West, East Lothian, Dunfermline and West Fife, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, Scottish leader Jim Murphy’s East Renfrewshire seat, Rutherglen and Hamilton West and Midlothian.


Read the full story on The Scotsman website
  

   

Source: The Sunday Herald.
Posted at 09:01 on 29 March 2015

Paul Hutcheon, The Herald's Investigations Editor reports in today's Sunday Herald that:
 

SCOTTISH Labour headquarters has been accused of giving up on key battleground seats by channelling resources to the party's favoured "sons and daughters".

The Sunday Herald has learned that Dundee West, held by Labour for 65 years, has not been given a dedicated party organiser, while resources have also been moved away from a prime target seat on the outskirts of Glasgow.

Labour won 41 seats at the last general election in Scotland, but opinion polls have predicted meltdown for Jim Murphy's party and sweeping SNP gains.


Of Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, the report claims: "The organiser in East Dunbartonshire, which Murphy said he wants to win from LibDem Minister Jo Swinson, also covers the Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East seat, and is believed to be focusing more on the latter constituency."

Read the full story on The Herald website
  

 

Source: The Cumbernauld News & Kilsyth Chronicle.
Posted at 16:00 on 22 March 2015

It's a McDonald! Sorry, it's hard coming up with adoption related puns. Anyway, back to the serious business: the Cumbernauld News and Kilsyth Chronicle leads on the story that the SNP's Stuart McDonald has been formally adopted at a special ceilidh fundraiser, earlier this month.

The newspaper reports that:
 

Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP was in town to back the launch of local SNP man Stuart McDonald’s General Election campaign.

The launch took place at Cumbernauld Village Hall, with former candidate Julie Hepburn acting as chairwoman.

Well-known ceilidh band The Picts performed for the crowd of over 100.


You can read the full story on the Cumbernauld News and Kilsyth Chronicle's website
 

    

Source: Cumbernauld Media.
Posted at 11:00 on 8 March 2015

Cumbernauld Tax Office is back in the news again; and, this time it appears that there's a serious threat to the long-term future of the site, according to Jamie Hepburn, the town's MSP, who has hit out at Gregg McClymont, the sitting MP for letting the UK coalition government "off the hook" with cuts.

Cumbernauld Media reports that:

A BATTLE of politician against politician has been ignited after the news that Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs are looking to centralise taxation services in Scotland – proposals which would see Cumbernauld’s HMRC Tax Office site shut and the staff relocated somewhere in Glasgow.

The row over the site’s security has been engulfed by local SNP opposition politicians claiming incumbent MP Gregg McClymont lied during the independence referendum campaign, when he claimed that independence would threaten approximately 1,400 jobs at the site.

Read the full story on Cumbernauld Media, here.
 

      

Source: Cumbernauld Media.
Posted at 21:59 on 11 February 2015

Labour face an uphill battle to retain control of the Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East Westminster seat, with the incumbent Labour MP and his team "struggling" to find support on the ground, a source has told Cumbernauld Media.

Cumbernauld Media reports that:

Speaking to Cumbernauld Media, the CLP member described how Labour faces “humiliation” from the SNP in May’s General Election.

Last month, the Sunday Herald revealed that fewer than 100 contacts had been made in Cumbernauld by Labour, with a major offensive launched to claw back ground lost to the Scottish National Party.

However, according to the local party activist, Labour has already lost the ground and will only gain it back “once we’ve accepted our fundamental problem – we’re seen to be too much like the Tories”.

Read the full story on Cumbernauld Media, here.
 

    

Source: BBC Scotland News Online.
Posted at 13:50 on 10 February 2015

Two prominent SNP councillors in North Lanarkshire Council have resigned from the authority's SNP group amid complaints over the party's candidate selection protocols.

The BBC picks up the story; and, online, BBC Scotland News reports:
 

Two SNP North Lanarkshire councillors have resigned from the party amid a row over candidate selection for the General Election.

Alan Beveridge and John Taggart stepped down after complaining about how Westminster candidates were chosen.

North Lanarkshire voted in favour of independence in the referendum last September and could be a key target for the party in May.


Read the full story on the BBC Scotland News website.
 

       

Source: Gregg McClymont on Twitter.
Posted at 17:00 on 8 February 2015

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East's Labour MP, Gregg McClymont has shared another image on Twitter that shows he and some of his team canvasing in Cumbernauld, with the assistance of Rhondda Geekie, Leader of East Dunbartonshire Council.

The MP tweeted: 

"Great turnout on the #labourdoorstep in Kirkintilloch today with @rhonddageekie & many others." - @GreggMcClymont, 4:30 PM - 8 Feb 2015
 
Gregg also shared a snap of his team together-:

  

  

Source: Jamie Hepburn on Twitter.
Posted at 22:00 on 7 February 2015

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East's prospective SNP candidate for the Westminster seat in the upcoming General Election has been backed by Cumbernauld and Kilsyth's SNP MSP, Jamie Hepburn and by the Scottish Government's Minister for External Affairs, Humza Yousaf MSP.

The trio took this snap together earlier this evening, at an SNP Burn's Supper fundraiser, in Cumbernauld. Sadly, it wasn't a selfie as most politicians tend to go for now... maybe next time, though-:


Sharing the picture on his Twitter page, Jamie tweeted:

"Good night at @CumbernauldSNP Burns Supper with @HumzaYousaf and @StuartMcD_SNP" - @JamieHepburn, 9:45 PM - 7 Feb 2015
 

   

Source: Stuart McDonald on Twitter.
Posted at 14:15 on 7 February 2015

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East's prospective SNP candidate for the Westminster seat in the upcoming General Election, Stuart McDonald has been rallying his supporters today for an SNP 'National Day of Action'. 

Taking to Twitter, Stuart posted a picture of some of his team in Kirkintilloch-:


Sharing the picture on his Twitter page, Stuart tweeted:

"Misty start but great response for canvassing team in Kirky this morning.... #GE15 #voteSNP  " - @StuMcD_SNP, 2:11 PM - 7 Feb 2015
 

   

Source: Cumbernauld Media.
Posted at 22:59 on 6 February 2015

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East's incumbent Labour MP has launched an attack on the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between Europe and America.

The MP says that Labour will protect the UK's NHS from the Partnership, which aims to strength trade between the European Union and America.

Cumbernauld Media reports that:

of Parliament has said that the NHS is simply “too important to be put at risk” by the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

The Partnership, which is referred to by some at TTIP is a proposed partnership between the European Union and the United States of America that would aim to knock down trade barriers between the EU and America.

However, the Partnership has not been warmly received by many people in Britain, with the main controversy surrounding the fear that the Partnership could in fact result in an American style privatisation of the UK National Health Service.

Read the full story on Cumbernauld Media, here.
 

   

Source: Gregg McClymont on Twitter.
Posted at 18:15 on 6 February 2015

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East's Labour MP, Gregg McClymont has shared another image on Twitter that shows he and some of his team canvasing in Cumbernauld.

Note the number of people wearing gloves, hats and scarves in the picture, a cup of soup might be line, folks. 

The MP tweeted: 

"On the #labourdoorstep in Condorrat this beautiful winter's afternoon. " - @GreggMcClymont, 6:12 PM - 6 Feb 2015
 
Gregg also shared a snap of his team together. However, if it had been us who shared the picture, we'd have fired the photographer (it's called 'focus')-:

  

  

Source: Kilsyth Academy on Twitter.
Posted at 12:00 on 6 February 2015

Kilsyth Academy held a special 'Question Time' style event for its senior pupils earlier today, with Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East MP, Gregg McClymont sharing a platform with Cumbernauld and Kilsyth SNP MSP, Jamie Hepburn, Meghan Gallacher from the Scottish Conservatives and Patrick Harvie MSP, the Scottish Green Party's co-convenor. 

After the event, the school posted an update and image to Twitter. The school tweeted:

"A great Question Time event for S5/6, supported by @MeghanGallacher @patrickharvie @jamiehepburn and @greggmcclymont" - @KilsythAcademy, 11:45 AM - 6 Feb 2015

While the image that was shared alongside the tweet showed what will no doubt be a rare moment of consensus and lime-light sharing-:

 

     

Source: ITV News.
Posted at 22:20 on 6 February 2015

Yes, it's National Voter Registration day! Do you feel excited? No? Well, you should be.

The way which you register to vote has changed - and now it's up to you, as the individual, to check you're on the electoral register, before the April 20 deadline.

ITV News reports: 

Every voter now has to sign up for themselves. This year, Bite the Ballot is aiming to register 250,000 voters in time for the general election. Here is a handy guide to help ensure you make your vote count on May 7.

Read the full story on ITV News, here.
 

   

Source: Gregg McClymont on Twitter.
Posted at 19:00 on 5 February 2015

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East's Labour MP, Gregg McClymont has shared an image on Twitter that shows he and some of his team canvasing in Cumbernauld.

The MP tweeted: 

"#labourdoorstep with Cllr Allan Graham earlier. Many testimonials to his work offered by constituents. #Cumbernauld" - @GreggMcClymont, 6:46 PM - 5 Feb 2015
 
Gregg also shared a snap of his team together. However, if it had been us who shared the picture, we'd have fired the photographer-:

  

    

Source: Stuart McDonald for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth & Kirkintilloch East on Facebook.
Posted at 20:11 on 4 February 2015

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East's prospective SNP candidate for the Westminster seat in the upcoming General Election has reacted to Lord Ashcroft's individual polling of 16 Scottish Westminster Parliament constituenies - which shows that the Labour heartlands (including Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East) might fall like dominos to the SNP in May's General Election.

Mr McDonald welcomed the poll results on his Facebook page, but stressed to his supporters that there's "no room for complacency".

He posted:

Obviously a very encouraging constituency poll by Lord Ashcroft showing we have a good chance to win this seat in May. Polls can change quickly, though, and there is a long long way to go! Absolutely no room for complacency - let's keep up and intensify our hard work.

View the post on Mr McDonald's Facebook page, here.
 

   

Source: Cumbernauld Media.
Posted at 16:34 on 4 February 2015

Although not strictly relevant to the General Election campaign in Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, politicians of all party colours have been paying their respects to former Cumbernauld Provost, Gordon Murray - who died, aged 87, in Darroch Nursing Home, on Sunday 1 February.

Cumbernauld Media reports that:

Working in the world of politics as an elected member for some 45 years, Gordon Murray began his political career as a member of Dumbarton County Council, in 1967, before he served as a member of Cumbernauld Burgh Council, then on Cumbernauld and Kilsyth District Council, before being elected to Strathclyde Regional Council, and finally, to North Lanarkshire Council upon its inception, in 1995.

As well as being Provost of Cumbernauld Burgh and Cumbernauld and Kilsyth District, Mr Murray had been a Justice of the Peace, a member of the Strathclyde Police and Lanarkshire Joint Valuation Boards and a board member of Campsies Centres Cumbernauld Ltd.

Mr Murray stood down as a Councillor in 2012, citing deteriorating health reasons for his decision not to seek re-election under the Cumbernauld Independent Councillors’ Alliance banner, in the 2012 local elections.

Read the full story on Cumbernauld Media, here.
 

 

Source: Buzzfeed News UK.
Posted at 10:50 on 4 February 2015

Buzzfeed - as with many other national news publications has picked up the story of Lord's Ashcroft's individual constituency polling, in Scotland - polling which shows the SNP are likely to make gains throughout the Labour heartlands.

Buzzfeed News UK reports:
 

The polls were accidentally published ahead of schedule in a public folder on Lord Ashcroft’s website, but were later confirmed by the pollster.

The results show the SNP to be ahead in 15 of 16 constituencies which are currently held by Labour or the Liberal Democrats, and suggest that prominent figures such as Douglas Alexander, Danny Alexander, Margaret Curran, and Anas Sarwar are all on course to lose their seats in May.


Read the full story on The Buzzfeed News website.
 

   

Source: The Guardian.
Posted at 09:50 on 4 February 2015

On Ashcroft's newly released constituency polling in Scotland, The Guardian reports that:
 

Labour’s general election campaign chairman, Douglas Alexander, and the Liberal Democrats’ economics spokesman, Danny Alexander, are two of the most high-profile projected casualties in Scotland at the general election, according to polling research by Lord Ashcroft that was prematurely released on Tuesday night.

The long-awaited polling in 16 constituencies in Scotland suggests a 21% swing from Labour to the Scottish National party (SNP). If the results were replicated across Scotland on 7 May, Labour would lose 35 of its 41 seats, making the prospect of an overall Labour majority at Westminster much more unlikely, and close to impossible.

The polling is the most detailed seat-by-seat assessment of the state of Scottish politics with just three months before the election.


Read the full story on The Guardian website.
 



Source: Cumbernauld Media.
Posted at 09:44 on 4 February 2015

Incumbent Labour MP, Gregg McClymont faces a challenge in May's General Election, against his SNP contender, Stuart McDonald, after polls released by Lord Ashcroft show an SNP surge - and potential victory - in Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East.

Cumbernauld Media reports that:

In Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, Lord Ashcroft’s polls show that the constituency would swing to the SNP in May’s General Election.

Labour was backed by 34% of the poll’s respondents; the Liberal Democrats earned support from 2% of respondents; the Conservatives were backed by 6%, other parties were supported by 7% of those polled, while the SNP’s support was 52%. 

Drill down further, you and find that 3 per cent of those polled would vote UKIP if there was a general election for the Westminster parliament tomorrow, while the Greens picked up the same level of support as UKIP, and other parties earned the backing of 1% of respondents. 

Read the full story on Cumbernauld Media, here.
 

 

Source: Lord Ashcroft Polls.
Posted at 00:01 on 4 February 2015

Today's the day. Lord Ashcroft has promised us a "humdinger" of "interesting" Scottish constituency polling results this morning. 

He's revealed nothing about the numbers interviewed, the constituencies polled or even given a hint as to what the results are. So, political anoraks will be poised over their PC's at 11am today (4 February) after Lord Ashcroft promised a release of the results - or, at least a suggestion of the results, at 11am on Wednesday 4 February 2015. 

Then, and only then, will be find out if Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East is included - in the meantime, you can decipher Lord Ashcroft's latest tweet on the matter. 

"A humdinger Scottish Individual seats poll will be released at 11am tomorrow. Pls retweet and register at http://lordashcroftpolls.com  #itsawow" - @LordAshcroft, 2:10 PM - 3 Feb 2015
 

  

Source: Gregg McClymont on Twitter.
Posted at 19:05 on 3 February 2015

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East's Labour MP, Gregg McClymont has hit out at the SNP Scottish Government over out of hours care, and after a shadow cabinet meeting - and some light canvassing - the town's MP (who is seeking re-election in May) met with local campaigners who are petitioning against NHS Lanarkshire plans to drastically shape-up out of hours services in Cumbernauld

The MP tweeted: 

"Local ppl fighting to save #Cumbernauld Out of Hours GP service. Thanks @DrewSm1th @NeilBibby for meeting campaigners " - @GreggMcClymont, 7:02 PM - 3 Feb 2015
 
Gregg also shared a snap of he, Neil Bibby, Drew Smith and the campaigners together. 

  

 

Source: Gregg McClymont on Twitter.
Posted at 18:52 on 3 February 2015

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East's Labour MP, Gregg McClymont - fresh from a shadow cabinet meeting - got Labour's shadow Scottish cabinet ministers got and about, for a spot of campaigning

Gregg managed to get a snap of the motley crew together, showing them together in Westfield. 

 

 

Source: Stuart McDonald for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth & Kirkintilloch East on Facebook.
Posted at 15:37 on 3 February 2015

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East's prospective SNP candidate for the Westminster seat in the upcoming General Election has met with SNP MSP, Fiona McLeod, MSP for Strathkelvin & Bearsden. 

The pair found a couple of seconds for a quick snap together before campaigning.

 

 

Source: Scottish Labour on Twitter.
Posted at 10:58 on 3 February 2015

Scottish Labour's Shadow Cabinet were in Cumbernauld today (3 February 2015); and, according to a post on Scottish Labour's Twitter feed, "On the agenda are today's A&E waiting time figures exposing the crisis in our NHS."

 

   

Source: Stuart McDonald on Twitter.
Posted at 18:15 on 2 February 2015

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East's prospective SNP candidate for the Westminster seat in the upcoming General Election has backed the Women for Independence campaign call to keep sexism out of the battle for Westminster. 

Announcing his support via Twitter, Stuart posted a picture of the Women for Idependence campaign demands-:


Sharing the picture on his Twitter page, Stuart tweeted:

"Very happy to support the excellent @WomenForIndy #sendsexismoff campaign. Please pledge your support too! " - @StuMcD_SNP, 6:13 PM - 2 Feb 2015
 

 

Source: UKelect.
Posted at 00:01 on 2 February 2015

UKelect predicts that Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East will be an SNP gain from Labour at the forthcoming election - despite their predictions showing that the SNP has slipped in the month between their election forecasts. 

The website reports that:

This month the Scottish National Party is again forecast to have a key role after the next UK General Election - but the 44 seats forecast for the SNP, down on the more than 50 seats suggested by previous UK-Elect forecasts, would not quite be sufficient to give an Labour/SNP alliance an overall majority. In fact, in theory, the result forecast would leave any Labour/SNP alliance needing to secure the support of one other MP to obtain an overall majority. Of course, in reality any result similar to that forecast would put the SNP in a very strong position to choose who governs Britain. Taken together with the rise of the UK Independence Party and the fall in Liberal Democrat support in the polls, there can be little doubt that British politics is going through one of its most fascinating periods ever.

Find out more on the UKelect website, here.
 

  

Source: Stuart McDonald on Twitter.
Posted at 17:00 on 1 February 2015

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East's prospective SNP candidate for the Westminster seat in the upcoming General Election was spotted in Kilsyth earlier today. 

Taking to Twitter, Stuart posted a couple of snaps for evidence. This one is our favourite, although we feel sorry for him having to stare at the sun for the picture-:


Sharing the pictures on his Twitter page, Stuart tweeted:

"Sun-soaked afternoon campaigning in Kilsyth 😄 #voteSNP #GE2015" - @StuMcD_SNP, 4:11 PM - 1 Feb 2015
 

 

Source: Cumbernauld Media.
Posted at 10:30 on 30 January 2015

Fracking has become a political issue in the race to become Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East's next Member of Parliament. 

Reporting on the ongoing battle between incumbent Labour MP, Gregg McClymont and SNP contender, Stuart McDonald, Cumbernauld Media reports that:

GREGG McClymont, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East’s Labour MP has been criticised by his opposite political numbers, after “refusing” to support a UK-wide moratorium, in a Commons vote, earlier this week.

As we reported earlier yesterday (29 January), Gregg McClymont has been attacked for having no “ounce of humility”, according to his critics, after he abstained on a crucial amendment to the Infrastructure Bill earlier this week.

During a debate in the House of Commons on Monday (26 January) afternoon, an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill which called for a UK-wide moratorium on fracking fell, with 52 MPs voting in favour of the amendment and 308 against it. 

Most Labour MPs abstained on the amendment’s vote – despite a pledge from Scottish Labour Leader, Jim Murphy that his party would ban fracking in Scotland only days beforehand. 

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East’s Labour MP was one of the Labour members who followed the party whip – and, when the vote took place, he like many other Labour MPs abstained on the clause nine vote. His actions have since raised eyebrows with opponents.

Read the full story on Cumbernauld Media, here.
 

 

Source: The Cumbernauld News & Kilsyth Chronicle.
Posted at 11:43 on 28 January 2015

The Cumbernauld News and Kilsyth Chronicle reports that a political battle has begun over the issue of Trident, between incumbent Labour MP, Gregg McClymont and Stuart McDonald, his SNP countender.

The newspaper reports that:
 

The question of whether Scotland should have nuclear weapons has caused the first major row of the 2015 General Election campaign.

It’s seen MP Gregg McClymont blasted by Scottish Nationalist prospective Parliamentary candidate Scottish Nationalist Stuart McDonald .

Because he claims that the Labour man is just like the Conservatives - and has got form for it.


You can read the full story on the Cumbernauld News and Kilsyth Chronicle's website
 

 

Source: The Voter Power Index.
Posted at 00:01 on 26 January 2015

The Voter Power Index website - a site which quantifies the power of voters in individual constituencies throughout the United Kingdom reports of Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East that:
 

In Cumbernauld, Kilsyth & Kirkintilloch East, one person does not really have one vote, they have the equivalent of 0.043 votes.


You can find out more information on the Voter Power Index website
 

 

Source: The Sunday Herald.
Posted at 00:01 on 25 January 2015

Paul Hutcheon, The Herald's Investigations Editor reports that:
 

SCOTTISH Labour bosses have drawn up a league table naming and shaming moribund local parties that are failing to contact enough voters ahead of the Westminster election.

A leaked general election strategy paper shows that activists in fourteen seats, including key SNP targets in Glasgow and Lanarkshire, have been in touch with fewer than 100 voters.


Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East is one of the constituency named in Paul's report - which you can read on The Herald website
  

 

Source: The Guardian.
Posted at 18:01 on 26 December 2014

An ICM poll for The Guardian newspaper predicts a "bloodbath" for Labour in Scotland, with the University of Strathclyde's resident psephologist, Professor John Curtice predicting that Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East will be an SNP gain in May 2015.

On their poll, The Guardian reports that:
 

Labour is on course for a bloodbath in Scotland in 2015, according to a special Guardian/ICM online poll.

The Scottish National party, which took only 20% of the vote in the 2010 general election, has subsequently more than doubled its vote to reach a commanding 43% of the prospective poll next May. Scottish Labour, which secured a very strong 42% in Gordon Brown’s homeland last time around, has since tumbled by 16 points to just 26%.

The Conservatives sink from 2010’s 17% to 13%, while the great bulk of the 19% share that the Liberal Democrats scored last time around is wiped out as they fall by 13 points to 6%.


Read the full story on The Guardian website.
 

  

Source: The Kirkintilloch Herald.
Posted at 07:00 on 9 December 2014

The Kirkintilloch Herald reports that:
 

SNP members have selected their candidate for the Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East constituency at the UK general election in May.

He is Milton of Campsie man and former Yes Scotland staff member Stuart McDonald.

Stuart grew up and still lives in Milton of Campsie, after spells in Edinburgh and Kirkintilloch.

He attended Kilsyth Academy and practised as a solicitor for eight years before working at the Scottish Parliament and then as part of the Yes Scotland HQ team.


You can read the Kirkintilloch Herald's story here.
 

 

Source: SCOT goes POP!.
Posted at 07:00 on 6 December 2014

James Kelly of SCOT goes POP! considers the potential results from May's General Election, in Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, after SNP members were informed that Stuart McDonald had been selected as the party's candidate in the constituency.

Writing on his blog, James told his readers that:
 

National swing from Labour to the SNP implied by the most recent Poll of Polls = 19.9%

So if an election was held tomorrow, it's logical to conclude that the SNP would probably win the constituency with a bit to spare - an outcome that would have seemed utterly impossible until very recently.  Unfortunately, though, the SNP wouldn't have to drop back very much over the next five months for the national swing to be too low, meaning they would have to 'over-perform' locally to still have a chance.  Could that be achieved?  Well, this was one of the highest Yes-voting areas in the whole country (I believe the result was Yes 58%, No 42% within the Holyrood constituency boundaries), so if anywhere is going to produce a significantly bigger Labour-to-SNP swing than the national average, you'd think this would be the place.

And I also don't think Labour are going to enjoy that much of an incumbency bonus - I'm not an avid follower of local politics, but Gregg McClymont doesn't seem to have made an impact since taking over in 2010, and in spite of his recent stint on the Smith Commission is probably still less well known than Jamie Hepburn.

Overall verdict = I'm cautiously hopeful.


You can read James's full post here.
 

 

Source: The Daily Telegraph.
Posted at 12:54 on 18 November 2014

Writing for the Daily Telegraph, Stephen Bush predicts that the UK General Election on 7 May 2015 will be a "bloodbath" for Labour, in Scotland. He reports his belief that:
 

All in all, the following seats would fall to the SNP: Aberdeen North, Aberdeen South, Dundee West, Dunfermline & West Fife, Edinburgh East, Edinburgh North & Leith, Edinburgh South, Falkirk, Glasgow Central, Glasgow North, Inverclyde, Kilmarnock and Loudoun, Livingston, Linlithgow & East Falkirk, Midlothian, North Ayrshire & Arran and Ochil & South Perthshire.

The following seats would be held by fewer than 1,000 votes: Airdrie & Shotts, Ayr Carrick & Cumnock, Cumbernauld, East Kilbride, Glasgow East, Lanark & Hamilton East, and Stirling.

The best news for Labour in Scotland? At least they’re not the Liberal Democrats.


Read the full story on the Daily Telegraph website.
 

 

Source: Cumbernauld Media.
Posted at 06:59 on 18 November 2014

Hello and welcome to Cumbernauld Media's General Election live updates page. We'll update this page as the 2015 UK Westminster General Election, on May 7, draws nearer. 

And, with less than 100 days to go, the battle for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East is well and truly on.
 

 
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