General Election

The polls have now closed and counting will be getting underway. Regardless of the outcome of the election we want to thank those voters in Renfrewshire who entrusted Labour with their vote today.


Today people across the UK will go to the polls to vote for the person and the party which they want to represent them in Parliament and which will also determine which Party forms the next government.

We need a government which can secure a fair and lasting deal with the rest of Europe as we withdraw from the European Union and which can take the right decisions to stabilise our economy, building the public services we need and increasing prosperity and opportunity for all, not just the few.

The current Conservative government despite claiming to be the party of the working class and champions of social justice have left Britain adrift by pursuing an economic policy of cuts to public services and dismantling the Social Security safety net leaving vulnerable people in desperate need.  At the same time, they have cut taxes for big businesses and put in place roadblocks to stop workers taking action against unscrupulous employers by making people pay charges to access Employment Tribunals. To add insult to injury the Tories policies have not only failed to cut the deficit in public finances but have increased it by half a billion pounds.

In 2015 of the 59 Members of Parliament Scotland sends to the House of Commons, 56 were SNP. Whilst purporting to represent Scotland, the SNP have pursued the politics of grievance and have contrived to create a 'them and us' mentality to foster ill-will against the rest of the UK.  Most damagingly however, the SNP have ignored the settled will of the Scottish people by arrogantly pursuing a second divisive referendum on independence despite the firm decision in 2014 for Scotland to remain in partnership with the rest of the United Kingdom and repeated polls showing that majority of Scots do not want a second referendum.

The policy of austerity has not and is not working and the SNPs blinkered focus on independence at any cost doesn’t serve the interests of ordinary working people in Renfrewshire, Scotland or the UK as a whole.

We need a Labour government which will invest in our public services, which will create a more equitable financial services sector and which will take the decisions which will widen access and opportunity for everyone across the UK.

To achieve this we need to return as many Labour MPs as possible. We have selected two first-class candidates to contest Paisley and Renfrewshire North and Paisley and Renfrewshire South and between now and polling day we will be outlining Labour’s positive and fair vision for Britain and will be campaigning for every last vote. We are by no means complacent and know that voters expect more from politicians and political parties and believe we can rise and meet and exceed these expectations.

From this page you will be able to find out more about our local candidates and what Labour’s policies will mean for ordinary people here in Renfrewshire.


[ Meet Your Local Labour Candidates ]

[ Read Scottish Labour's Manifesto - Together We're Stronger ]

[ Read Labour's Manifesto - For the Many, Not the Few ]

[ Labour’s Promise to Workers ]


Meet Your Local Labour Candidates

To find out who your Labour candidate is for the General Election please click on the map below.

Paisley and Renfrewshire North

Your Labour candidate for the General Election is Alison Taylor.

Alison Taylor for Paisley and Renfrewshire NorthAlison Taylor is a senior director with a national property consulting firm. She has nearly thirty years of experience in business locally and nationally.

She joined the Labour Party in 1998 having campaigned for devolution in the 1997 referendum.

As Chair of Scottish Labour’s business forum for many years she has taken a lead in bringing Labour and the Scottish business community together to improve mutual understanding and to create opportunities for the Labour politicians and business leaders to work together.

Born in Edinburgh, Alison studied at Paisley College of Technology. She has lived locally since 1996.

She campaigned to remain in the UK during the divisive referendum and is committed to opposing a second independence referendum. Alison also supported Remain in the EU referendum last year and will work to oppose a hard Tory Brexit.

Alison will bring real business experience and a deep understanding of the economy and jobs to the work of an MP.


To get in contact with Alison's team to ask a question or to support her campaign please email: votealison2017@gmail.com.  You can also write to:

Alison Taylor for Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Unit 106
St James Business Centre
112 Linwood Road
Paisley
Renfrewshire
PA3 3AT

You can get more information about Alison's campaign and Labour's vision for a fairer Britain by following her on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the buttons below.

Follow Alison Taylor For Paisley and Renfrewshire North on Facebook   Follow Alison Taylor For Paisley and Renfrewshire North on Twitter

To be able to campaign effectively we need proper resources to ensure we can deliver Labour's message and to help do this we have set up a Crowdfunder page.  If you can donate to the campaign we have a better chance of returning a Labour MP and hopefully a Labour government to help working people in Paisley and Renfrewshire North.  You can visit and donate at the 'Alison Taylor For Paisley and Renfrewshire North' Crowdfunder page by clicking the button below.

Donate to Alison Taylor For Paisley and Renfrewshire North

Promoted by Stuart McAusland on behalf of Alison Taylor, both at St James Business Centre, Linwood Road, Linwood, Renfrewshire, PA3 3AT.


Paisley and Renfrewshire South

Your Labour candidate for the General Election is Alison Dowling.

Alison Dowling for Paisley and Renfrewshire South

I live in Renfrewshire and care passionately about the region my family and I have called home for most of my life. I believe in putting my values into action, working at a senior level in community banking and as an anti-poverty advisor to the NHS. I am also a dedicated community volunteer and have given my time in our schools, with vulnerable young people and supporting the social needs of our elderly.

Unfortunately, our area isn't getting the representation we deserve and need from the current Member of Parliament. Mhairi Black has one of the worst records in Parliament of Scotland's MP's; for showing up to vote, participating in debates and in replying to constituents mail.

That simply isn't good enough for our local area. Paisley and Renfrewshire South deserves an MP who's sole focus is standing up for local families and local services, not another divisive referendum that people don't want. 

I've never wavered in my conviction that we achieve more by pulling together as a country, not by pulling apart. I played a leading role heading up Women Together in the 2014 referendum campaign, taking flak for speaking out publicly against independence, but never wavering in my conviction that I was defending Scotland's interests in saying 'No thanks'.

Our country needs to move forward. The Tories want to take us backwards with a hard Brexit, and for the SNP everything is about their obsession with independence. The choice in this election is clear - a Labour MP who will fight for your interests, or an SNP MP who will fight for another independence referendum that Scotland doesn't want.

If elected I will work tirelessly to deliver on the day job as MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, tackling poverty and inequality and growing our economy and quality jobs for local people.


To get in contact with Alison's team to ask a question or to support her campaign please email: alisondowling4mp@gmail.com.  You can also write to:

Alison Dowling for Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Labour Party Campaign Shop
9 Orchard Street
Paisley
Renfrewshire
PA1 1UY

You can get more information about Alison's campaign and Labour's vision for a fairer Britain by following her on Facebook by clicking the button below.

Follow Alison Dowling For Paisley and Renfrewshire South on Facebook

To be able to campaign effectively we need proper resources to ensure we can deliver Labour's message and to help do this we have set up a Crowdfunder page.  If you can donate to the campaign we have a better chance of returning a Labour MP and hopefully a Labour government to help working people in Paisley and Renfrewshire South.  You can visit and donate at the 'Alison Dowling For Paisley and Renfrewshire South' Crowdfunder page by clicking the button below.

Donate to Alison Dowling For Paisley and Renfrewshire South

Promoted by Tony Lawler on behalf of Alison Dowling, both at Labour Party Campaign Shop, 9 Orchard Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA1 1UY.


Scottish Labour's Manifesto - Together We're Stronger

We are being pulled in opposing directions by two nationalist forces – the hard right Brexiteers who want to drag the British economy off a cliff edge, and the Scottish Nationalists who want to rip the UK apart in a reckless gamble which would see Scotland face a £15 billion deficit and the poorest people in our country paying the price.

Labour is the only party offering the positive change Scotland needs. Change which puts people and jobs first, which will create a richer UK so we can all lead richer lives; a country where a first class education is available to all our children and highly skilled, highly paid jobs are open to everyone.

Here you can read Scottish Labour's vision for Scotland, working for everyone and in partnership with the rest of the UK.

Together We're Stronger

Labour's Manifesto - For the Many, Not the Few

In this election Labour have produced a policy programme which is radical, addressing the inequalities in our society making it fairer for everyone but we have also ensured that it is affordable, ensuring our policy agenda is costed and within the means of the country and which will boost our economy as we reshape it to better serve the interests and well being of all our people.  This is a manifesto for a better, fairer Britain. 

Below you can read about our policy programme by clicking on the For the Many, Not the Few manifesto document or about for more detail on how Labour will fund the transformation of our country to fairer society you can click on the Funding Britain's Future document or you can read about our plans for Tax Transparency and Enforcement.

For the Many, Not the Few - Labour Manifesto 2017      Funding Britain's Future      Labour's Tax Transparency and Enforcement Programme


Labour’s Promise to Workers

  We’ll give you more control over your working life. 

  • Ban zero hours contracts – so that every worker gets a guaranteed number of hours each week and enjoys some security.
     
  • Ensure that any employer wishing to recruit labour from abroad does not undercut workers at home - because it causes divisions when people are played off against each other.
  • Repeal the Trade Union Act and roll out sectoral collective bargaining – because the most effective way to maintain good rights at work is through a trade union.
  • Guarantee trade unions a right to access workplaces – so that unions can support and reach members and potential members.
  • Four new Bank Holidays – we’ll bring our country together with new holidays to mark our four patron saints, so that workers in Britain get the same proper breaks as in other countries.

  We’ll make work pay. 

  • Raise the minimum wage to £10 – we’ll bring the minimum wage up to the level of the living wage (expected to be at least £10 per hour by 2020), so that no one in work gets poverty pay.
     
  • End the public sector pay cap - because public sector wages have fallen and our workers deserve a pay rise.
     
  • Amend the takeover code to ensure every takeover proposal has a clear plan in place to protect workers and pensioners – because workers shouldn’t suffer when a company is sold.
     
  • Roll out maximum pay ratios – because it cannot be right that wages at the top keep rising while everyone else’s stagnates, using public procurement policy to influence corporate behaviour.
     
  • Ban unpaid internships – because it’s not fair for some to get a leg up when others can’t afford to.

We’ll ensure everyone is treated equally at work.

  • Give all workers equal rights from day one, whether part-time or full-time, temporary or permanent – so that all workers have the same rights and protections whatever kind of job they have.
     
  • Enforce all workers' right to trade union representation - so that all workers can be supported when negotiating with their employer.
     
  • Abolish employment tribunal fees – so that people aren’t priced out of seeking justice when they’ve been treated unfairly by an employer.
     
  • Double paid paternity leave to four weeks and increase paternity pay – because fathers are parents too and deserve more time to spend with their new babies.
     
  • Strengthen protections for women against unfair redundancy – because no one should be penalised for having children.
     
  • Hold a public inquiry into blacklisting – to ensure blacklisting remains a thing of the past.
     
  • Give equalities reps statutory rights – so they have time to protect workers from discrimination.
     
  • Reinstate protection against third party harassment – because everyone deserves to be safe at work.
   

Promoted by D. Harris on behalf of the Renfrewshire Labour Party both at 104 Park Gate, Erskine, Renfrewshire, PA8 7HQ. Hosted by eUKhost LTD, 24 Clarence Street, Bowburn, Durham, DH6 5BB