Political leaders hit election trail locally

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Two political leaders have visited East Dunbartonshire on the election trail – Deputy PM Nick Clegg and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Nick Clegg visited a Bishopbriggs children’s play centre with local candidate Jo Swinson to unveil the Lib Dem party’s plan to triple paternity leave for dads.

And First Minister Nicola Sturgeon met older voters in Westerton Care Home in Bearsden on Monday to launch the SNP’s Pensioners Plan which aims to protect Scotland’s elderly population.

Jo, who is the Lib Dem minister for equalities and employment relations, chatted with parents at Playtown at Wellington Road.

At the moment, dads are entitled to two weeks leave but Liberal Democrats have pledged to offer them an extra four weeks.

Ms Swinson said: “Shared parental leave is my proudest achievement as a minister and I’m delighted that it finally becomes a reality this week.

“It will help drive a cultural change that champions the role of dads but we can go further to challenge the gender stereotypes that all too often write fathers off as hapless or bumbling.”

Nicola Sturgeon announced a range of policies that she insists will deliver a better deal for British pensioners.

Ms Sturgeon said: “I’m immensely proud of the SNP’s record in government when it comes to standing up for our older people including investing in free personal care to ensure people receive the standard of care they deserve regardless of their ability to pay.

“But there is more that could be done at Westminster. Our pensioners have contributed hugely to society, and are entitled to get a fair deal in their retirement in return.”