In our latest campaign video, Stirling constituency Holyrood candidate Chris Kane and Forth & Endrick council candidate Colin O’Brien get together for a conversation about their commitment to community empowerment and their thoughts on issues relevant to rural Stirlingshire, including the need for investment in roads and affordable housing to refresh village life.
Stirling Constituency MSP Candidate Chris Kane has shared a story from his family history that demonstrates exactly why we need a strong Labour movement in society. In a campaign video filmed near his home, Chris said,
‘In 1914, my great grandfather William was at the coalface of the Millhall Pit. A large boulder fell from the roof, crushing him. He was taken to the hospital but he died a week later. He left behind a wife and five children, the oldest of whom was my grandfather. He had to leave school aged 12 to get a job to support his family. Everything that troubles me about that story has been addressed by the Labour movement, from the NHS and the welfare state, to the workplace injuries act and many, many other improvements that mean today when you walk into your work, you don’t have to face the fear you may not walk out again.’
‘The Labour movement has always addressed the challenges we face with the tools available to us at the time we are called to act. As we emerge from this pandemic, we need a National Recovery Plan and only Labour has the track record of delivering on the scale we need. When I walk into parliament, I’ll get to work addressing today’s challenges, not reworking the tired old divisive arguments that have defined our politics for far too long’
You can watch the video below:
Labour’s National Recovery Plan:
Jobs Recovery – guaranteeing a job for every young Scot by investing in a National Training Fund and a Business Restart Fund.
NHS Recovery – funding our NHS to get cancer treatment back on track, improve mental health, and give carers the pay they deserve.
Education Recovery – developing a catch-up plan which invests in schools, and ensures IT support in every Primary and Secondary.
Climate Recovery – investing in green jobs and seizing Scotland’s hosting of COP26 to champion an ambitious Climate justice plan.
Community Recovery – create a community recovery fund to invest in local areas, and make our communities safer and stronger.
Scottish Labour’s candidate in the 2021 Scottish Parliament Election in Stirling is Chris Kane. Chris (44) is a ‘Son of the Rock’, having been born in Stirling where is still lives with his wife and two children.
Chris is well known within the constituency where he was a former Stirling Observer columnist and Central FM Breakfast show presenter. Since 2017, he has been the Scottish Labour Councillor in the Stirling East Ward.
Chris’ route into politics was a community one – he was a community councillor before setting up a Community Development Trust to deliver assets within Braehead and Broomridge, including the hugely successful ‘Braehead Community Garden’.
‘I was born and raised in the constituency and this is where I’ve chosen to raise my family. I’m working hard to build stronger communities, tackle inequality and reduce poverty and I’m looking forward to engaging with voters across Stirling between now and the Scottish Parliament election in May.’
‘As a councillor, I am fed up with the SNP Government running roughshod over our local communities and ripping the heart out of Local Government funding and I want to go to Holyrood to say enough is enough. I want to do all I can to strengthen and empower Stirling’s many diverse communities and if elected I’ll be a strong local voice at Holyrood and a true champion for everyone across the constituency. If you want to tackle inequality, reduce poverty and empower local communities, let’s do it together and it starts with a vote for Chris Kane and Scottish Labour in May.’
Stirling Constituency Labour Party Chair Mike Robbins says,
‘Chris has been active in Stirling’s politics for many years, securing resources for his local community as far back as 2013 and, since 2017 as an elected member of Stirling Council, he has protected services we all depend upon.
During this pandemic Chris has continued to work for the benefit of all his constituents. Because of his demonstrated ability, our local party unanimously chose him as our candidate in the May election. I firmly believe the electors of Stirling can put their faith in Chris to deliver on their behalf and together with our entire membership, I look forward to campaigning alongside him to secure a Labour victory in May.’