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Holyrood oppostition parties fail to support investment in South Lanarkshire 

Communities across South Lanarkshire are set to benefit from greater support as a result of the Scottish Government’s Budget, SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie has said. The Scottish Government has pledged an additional £9.4 million to the local authority on top of committing over £1.1bn for NHS Lanarkshire, whilst continuing to work on the M8, M73, and M74 improvement project.

Labour, Tory and Lib Dem opponents failed to support investment for South Lanarkshire in the budget – with the three opposition parties voting against the SNP’s proposals to fund local services on Thursday.

Christina McKelvie MSP has condemned the approach taken by the three opposing parties, criticising them for political posturing whilst putting South Lanarkshire’s local public services at risk.

Commenting, Christina said:

“This Scottish Government budget provides a strong funding deal throughout Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, giving spending commitments in the NHS, education, infrastructure, environment and the economy.

“For the opposition parties, with the exception of the Greens, to vote against all of this was deeply disappointing and against the best interests of our communities.

“It was disappointing to see Labour, the Lib Dems and the Tories be more interested in political point scoring rather than standing up for their local communities in South Lanarkshire – but there’s still time for them to drop their opposition and back the Scottish Government’s proposals as the Budget Bill progresses.

“Throughout South Lanarkshire, the Scottish Government has given a firm commitment in health with a £1.1 billion commitment in NHS Lanarkshire. We have given a firm commitment in education, with a £7 million + additional boost for schools throughout my constituency, and have laid out concrete commitments to improve South Lanarkshire’s infrastructure through the M8, M73, and M74 improvement project.

“Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems should think again before choosing to rob South Lanarkshire of these vital services in a narrow-minded campaign designed to achieve nothing more than embarrassing the SNP Scottish Government. This budget is too important for our communities to allow that to happen.”