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Scottish Labour’s Manifesto for Aberdeenshire was launched at Hillside by Portlethen last week.

Anas Sarwar, the Deputy Leader of Scottish Labour, learned first-hand of the need for educational and community facilities in Hillside, when he was welcomed there last Wednesday by the North Kincardine candidate Alison Evison and Stonehaven and Lower Deeside candidate Raymond Christie. He was there to launch the Scottish Labour Manifesto for Aberdeenshire and was accompanied by the Regional MSPs Lewis Macdonald and Jenny Marra.

Hillside was chosen for the manifesto launch so that Scottish Labour candidates from across the Shire could see how current councillors have failed to deliver any of the promised amenities to the area, despite receiving money in planning gain from Stewart Milne Homes.

Alison Evison commented: “Even safety issues have been overlooked. A Scottish Labour Councillor would address these and would prioritise nursery and primary provision in this expanding area with so many young families. Our manifesto stresses the need to develop local education facilities which are fit for the purpose of delivering the new school curriculum.”

Anas Sarwar said: “The Scottish Labour Manifesto for Aberdeenshire offers a positive change and shows our commitment to working with local communities to protect and develop the local services that people depend on. It highlights the need to provide more housing that people can afford to live in but which is built with understanding of the existing area. Scottish Labour will work to create more jobs and training opportunities while continuing to campaign for a Living Wage.”

Lewis Macdonald commented: “Transport issues are also an important aspect of our local manifesto. I will continue to work with local colleagues for a regular and affordable bus and train service which sees more trains stopping at sensible times at Portlethen Station and the eventual opening of a station for Newtonhill.”

Jenny Marra added: “I am working with Housing Associations and Community Groups in Dundee on an idea to use collective bargaining to reduce energy costs. I support the pledge in Scottish Labour’s Manifesto for Aberdeenshire to work locally to reduce energy costs here too. Reducing fuel costs is something that will help everyone as household budgets feel the strain.”