LABOUR candidate Carolann Davidson has pledged to reverse the introduction of Universal Credit if she is elected.

The Renfrewshire councillor is bidding to regain the seat lost by the party in 2015, when Jim Murphy was defeated by Kirsten Oswald.

Ms Davidson, who has represented Paisley East and Central in the neighbouring area since 2017, believes many of the issues affecting her constituents now are the same in East Renfrewshire.


She told the Barrhead News: “One of the main issues is bus services, which are shocking.

“The roads, the NHS, unemployment, Universal Credit – all these things that affect people are what matter.

“We need to sort Universal Credit out and get rid of it and make the benefits system much fairer.

“We need to invest in the NHS. I know it is devolved but, as long as I am representing the people of East Renfrewshire, I will be fighting for it.”

Ms Davidson added: “I have seen first-hand how badly Universal Credit affects people.

“Giving the money to the people who are not used to dealing with it is not right.

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“Universal Credit is just not working and we need to go back to the way it was.

“The Tories are totally clueless when it comes to unemployment. They don’t see the people, they just see the numbers.”