SNP Susan Aitken 'talks down Glasgow' - yet supported £377m of cuts

  • Alfie Baron
Susan Aitken, SNP group leader in Glasgow City Council is under fire for “talking Glasgow down” and saying that parts of the city “are not liveable”.

Recent surveys show that 94% of residents said they were either satisfied or very satisfied with Glasgow as a place to live. Glasgow is ranked as the third-best city in the UK for quality of life.

Susan Aitken is a councillor in Langside - an area where the Labour administration have invested over £7 million in local primary schools. In fact, if you take in local boundary changes, this figure rises to over £11 million.

Steven Livingston, a Labour candidate, highlights that Susan Aitken “cheered on” £377m of cuts to Glasgow’s budget by the SNP over the last decade.

Steven Livingston said Labour will help the city’s economy to continue to grow “by creating 50,000 new jobs and increasing city businesses by 1,000. We’ve also committed to build 25,000 new homes and will cut Glaswegians’ energy bills by establishing a Glasgow Energy Company”.

As well as saying the parts of the city were not “liveable” Susan Aitken is also credited with saying that “many people were denied the most basic of services”. She suggested that Glasgow had the potential to be as “influential” and “economically successful” as the capital cities of Catalonia (yes another SNP obsession), Denmark and Germany.

Susan Aitken said “there are two one-million-people cities in the world that have gone backwards - Glasgow and Detroit”. Is Susan Aitken seriously comparing Glasgow to Detroit?

Frank McAveety, Labour leader of Glasgow City Council, accused Susan Aitken of supporting Scottish Government cuts to council funding. He went on to say: “These are disgraceful and, frankly, shameful comments by Susan Aitken. As an SNP councillor she has cheered on every single SNP cut to Glasgows budget - cuts of £377 million in the last 10 years.”
SNP MSP Mark McDonald quits SNP in Sleaze Investigation
  • Alfie Baron

Aberdeen Donside MSP Mark McDonald has quit the Scottish National Party (SNP).

His resignations follows allegations of misconduct against at least two women.

McDonald resigned from the SNP with immediate effect - but will remain as an Independent MSP.