People are becoming more disconnected with politics for many reasons. Being on the doors steps and listening to residents across, Kilmarnock East, Newfarm Loch, Crookedholm and Hurlford, one thing has been clear…..Councillors have not listened to them.
Residents are fed up of only hearing from Councillors when there is an election on, they are fed up of waiting months for a reply to concerns or issues and feel disconnected with East Ayrshire Council.
This is why over the past few years I have been working with our Westminster candidate and our Scottish Parliamentary candidate in Kilmarnock East & Hurlford to ensure we are out speaking to local people about issues that matter to them and take action on those issues. I have, since my selection back in June last year been out listening to residents across the ward, finding out their issues and try to tackle them or suggest ways of tackling them.
For me these council elections are all about local issues! My campaign has been full of them, graffiti in our parks, rising youth unemployment, broken pavements and roads, lack of jobs and businesses in the area, ensuring our towns are safe and most importantly ensuring our children get the right start in life through a meaningful education.
For too long our residents have been a left unheard, this has to change and this must change. The top-down model of power that exists in Scotland is completely out of date. We must take power away from the political establishments and hand it to the man and woman in the street. Using decentralisation, accountability and transparency, we together will weaken the old political elites, give people power, fix our broken politics and restore people’s faith that if we work together things can change.
If the residents in Kilmarnock East & Hurlford put their trust in me, I pledge to take the discussion out to them; attend local meetings be that: community councils, scout groups, mother & toddler groups, kinship care support groups, elderly groups or youth forums. I also pledge to up-date residents on what I have been up to with a quarterly newsletter as I have been doing, hold regular surgeries at time that suits everyone and finally to take the discussion to the doorstep.
A vote for Rob Murray on the 3 May will ensure that power is taken from the political elites and given to the people. Vote for change vote Rob Murray 1