Willie Bain, the new MP for Glasgow North East made his maiden speech earlier today. An edited video is available below. Bain used the opportunity to have a go at media stereotypes about Glasgow residents (in Scrapbook’s view a similar disservice is extended to most places north of Watford). Referring to his new constituents, Bain said:
While they do not believe that government on its own has the answer to every ill in society, neither do they believe that government is the problem, neither do they believe that government should be cut back with all the social consequences we saw in the 1980s and early 1990s.
My constituents are not, as some portrayed them in the election, passive recipients of the welfare state but people who want to see their children do better than they have and have the courage and ambition to strengthen their communities.