Labour leader urged to support campaign

Gail Casey
Gail Casey

The Labour candidate for the next Scottish Parliament election has urged Jim Murphy to back the campaign to save St Joseph’s Primary.

Clydebank councillor, Gail Casey, who will stand for the Clydebank and Milngavie constituency in 2016, called-on the Scottish Labour leader to persuade East Dunbartonshire’s ruling Labour councillors to keep the school open.

Mr Murphy will meet with parents in Glasgow on Friday. This is the latest high-profile boost for the parents’ campaign to run the school as a community trust, which has gathered momentum in recent weeks.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has already met with St Joseph’s Parent Council and promised to consider their innovative plan to save the school. And over 130 people packed St Joseph’s Church Hall for a public meeting at the beginning of March.

Labour candidate for Clydebank and Milngavie Gail Casey said: “St Joseph’s is a fantastic school and it belongs in Milngavie. I urge Jim Murphy to listen carefully to the parents and do everything he can to persuade East Dunbartonshire Council to come forward with different proposals.

“The Labour Party is under new leadership and that should give us an opportunity for some fresh thinking. Every child in Milngavie deserves the right to be educated in their own community.”

Parent Helen Williams said: “It’s great to see the Keep St Joseph’s in Milngavie campaign winning support from across the political spectrum.”