Friday, 27 March 2015

Brown hits town

Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown will be in Ardrossan this Sunday (March 29) to support North Ayrshire & Arran Labour candidate Katy Clark.

Ms Clark is defending a majority of almost 10,000 but opinion polls and bookies’ odds have the SNP slightly ahead in the constituency with just six-weeks until polling day.

Gordon Brown is credited by many for having ‘saved the Union’ during last year’s Independence Referendum.  His late intervention with a ‘vow’ of significant new powers for the Scottish Parliament if Scots rejected independence, is believed to have persuaded substantial numbers of people to switch from ‘YES’ to ‘No’.  However, since the referendum, when the British Union side won with a 10% majority, the significant powers promised in the Brown ‘vow’ have failed to materialise.  This situation is cited as one of the reasons for the recent phenomenal rise in SNP membership and support for the party.

The former Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer is standing-down as an MP, with polls suggesting the SNP could take the Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath seat (formerly Dunfermline East), which he has represented since 1983.

Of the public meeting Mr Brown will address on Sunday, Katy Clark said, “This will be a chance to hear Labour’s bold plans on the economy and employment, and underline the importance of replacing the current Tory government with a Labour government in May.”

The meeting begins at 4:00pm and is being held in St Peter’s Parish Centre, 1 South Crescent Road, Ardrossan.

Although billed as a public event, North Ayrshire & Arran Labour Party is asking people to pre-register if they are interested in attending.  Registration is through Katy Clark’s website.

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