The Labour Party’s Westminster candidate Melanie Ward has officially kicked off her election campaign with a commitment to people of Glenrothes and Central Fife that jobs are her top priority.
She joined retiring MP Lindsay Roy to sign a pledge to back an £8 minimum wage and to seek a total ban on zero hours contracts.
“Jobs are my top priority because our constituency is in the top 20 per cent for unemployment across the country,” said Miss Ward.
Having already held a jobs summit in Glenrothes last month, where along with Scottish Labour Party leader Jim Murphy. Miss Ward met with a range of Fife business leaders, she will now focus much her efforts on helping to attract more jobs to the region.
“Scotland succeeds when working people succeed, “ she said.
“A Labour government will ban exploitative zero hours contracts, raise the minimum wage to £8 per hour and back a living wage - more than 26,000 working people across Fife earn less than the living wage
“Our area needs real change so more local people have the chance of a secure job with decent pay.”
Ms Ward signed the pledge in front of the Hyrdogen Office in Fife Energy park, Methil, which has just secured new investment that will bring economic benefits to the area.