May 2 2012 by Craig Robertson, Dumfries Standard Wednesday
AT the council elections tomorrow, local people face a clear choice between five more years of the same out of touch Tory council, or to vote for change with Labour.
The Tories have run the council since 2007, with the help of the SNP.
There has been a real lack of progress on the issues like town centre regeneration and many people who voted SNP in the past have been angered at the fact SNP councillors always vote with the Tories on the council.
As the main challengers to the Tories, only Labour can replace the Tory-run council.
Labour has listened to local people and our plans for the area include:
Creating and supporting 1,000 new jobs.
Regenerating our town centres.
Putting community wardens into every area.
Properly funding road repairs.
Reducing care charges for elderly and disabled.
The Labour group leader, Councillor Ronnie Nicholson, said: “Dumfries and Galloway is a great place to live, but more and more people are saying we have a Tory-run council which is increasingly out of touch and they want to see change.
“Unemployment in our region is rising at one of the fastest rates in the country; we have the worst roads in Scotland; and we’ve seen the council cut teachers and classroom assistants whilst at the same time squander millions on consultants.
“As the largest opposition party, only Labour is in a position to replace the Tory-run council and we have positive plans to improve our area.
“However, a vote for the SNP, independents, or anyone else other than Labour will mean five more years of the same Tory-run council making the wrong choices and cutting local services.
“I’d ask people to vote for change by voting for their local Labour candidates and help get a council that will put local people first.”