Scottish Labour’s Mary Fee MSP has warmly congratulated Derek Mackay MSP on his new Scottish Government appointment as Transport & Islands Minister and warns that he must deliver for Renfrewshire, including on rail transport.
In response to the new Scottish Government Cabinet, Mary Fee MSP has welcomed the 50:50 gender balance promoted by the new First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and has also congratulated the appointment of Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay. However Mary is warning Mr Mackay that he must deliver on transport links for Renfrewshire after he has repeatedly called for better rail and bus links to Renfrew.
Since his election to the Scottish Parliament in 2011 Derek Mackay has called for a new rail link to Renfrew and now Mary Fee is calling on Mr Mackay to act upon his calls as Transport Minister and deliver for Renfrewshire.
Scottish Labour’s Mary Fee also points out that when Leader of Renfrewshire Council, Derek Mackay supported the Glasgow Airport Rail Link before the SNP Scottish Government scrapped the project and in 2012 said that “Rail to Renfrew could be delivered, which would be good for residents and businesses in Renfrew.”
Speaking from her Renfrewshire-based office, Mary Fee said:
“I congratulate Derek Mackay on his new appointment as Transport and Islands Minister. However he has previously called for rail links to Renfrew and as the Minister with responsibility for rail, Derek must act and I hope to hear how he can deliver for Renfrewshire.
“When Leader of Renfrewshire Council, Derek supported the Glasgow Airport Rail Link and agreed that it would be beneficial to the economy of Renfrewshire and now as an MSP he has said that rail to Renfrew would be good for all, so he must deliver upon what he has already called for.
“The new Scottish Government Cabinet is historic and I welcome the decision by the new First Minister to make gender balance of her cabinet one of the first acts of leadership.”