AS we continue to deal with the coronavirus outbreak I want to put my thanks to every single person across Clydebank and the region for their efforts.

In a few short weeks our lives have changed beyond recognition with the lockdown measures that are currently in place.

Everyone who has stayed at home has enabled us to protect the NHS and save lives.

I know it has been monumentally tough not getting to do the things you enjoy, see the people you love and adjusting to home schooling or working.

And to those key workers on the front line, I applaud every one of you.

From the NHS heroes working in our hospitals and our care homes to the supermarket workers and delivery drivers and to everyone going above and beyond at the moment to keep us safe and keep the country moving, your sacrifices are truly appreciated.

It has become apparent as a local representative that the Covid-19 outbreak is not only a health emergency but also an economic emergency as well.

Businesses and individuals have had to make enormous sacrifices overnight with no end in sight to when they might know when they can safely re-open their doors.

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West Dunbartonshire Council is working tirelessly to deliver funding to those who need it most.

We must continue to do all we can to ensure that our local economy can bounce back from this pandemic and that our communities don’t get left behind.

Myself and my team continue to be available to any constituent who requires help at this time.

Do email me on or call 0141 942 4942.

Remembering VE Day: I write this on the day when we remember the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Clydebank was one of the places most severely damaged during World War Two and it is only right that everyone takes a moment to remember the sacrifices made to ensure that after six harrowing years, victory in the war could finally be achieved.

The planned services of remembrance have had to be adapted due to the current situation.

I know many in this area and across the country will ensure all our heroes are remembered for their duties today on this poignant anniversary.

And as we continue to battle Covid-19, remember the words of that time: “we’ll meet again”.