Over the next four weeks the Glasgow Times will be looking at each of the eight consituencies in the city and speaking to the candidates lookin for your vote.

Four parties are fielding candidates in the Glasgow Anniesland constituency.

Anniesland provided political drama in 2011 when Bill Kidd won the seat for the SNP overturning a 4000 plus Labour majority, winning by just seven votes after a recount.

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Kidd increased the SNP majority four years later to more than 6000 but there is still a strong Labour vote across the communities.

This time round Labour hope to retake the seat with Glasgow councillor  in the area, Eva Murray their candidate.

Ade Aibinu, also a local councillor, is standing for the Conservatives and Mark Simons is standing for the Liberal Democrats.

Here's what the candidates had to say:

Ade Abinu, Scottish Conservatives, said: “All of our focus must be on our recovery and rebuilding our communities in Glasgow Anniesland. Local people, businesses and families remain worried about their health, their jobs and livelihoods, their children’s education and the effects Covid has had on their local area.

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“The last thing communities need is another divisive referendum which the SNP want to hold in the next two years. “Alongside my fellow Glasgow Conservative candidates, I will be focused on tackling issues such as putting a national tutoring programme in place to allow pupils to catch up, delivering a fair funding deal for Glasgow City Council, tackling the backlog in our health service and putting more police on our streets. “Only a vote for myself and the Scottish Conservative can stop the SNP and their push for indyref2 and guarantee Parliament will be focused on rebuilding this area.”

Eva Murray, Scottish Labour Party, said: I’ve lived in Glasgow Anniesland my whole life, so I’ve seen first-hand what 14 years of SNP cuts have done to the neighbourhoods I’m so proud to call home.

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"We deserve an MSP who is a visible part of our community; one who prioritises the needs of constituents, not party; one focussed on unity and recovery, not division and distractions.

"The events of the past year really showed me – showed everyone – what we are capable of when we pull together. It was humbling, as one of your local Councillors, to work with community stalwarts to set up and run the G13/G14 Support Hub. We supported thousands of people across Glasgow Anniesland, with essential groceries, prescription deliveries, money advice and mental health support.

"I saw for myself how desperate a situation many of our neighbours are in and it should shame us all. Glasgow Anniesland deserves better! We need a plan to invest in our NHS; a plan to close the education attainment gap; and a plan to deliver a Green New Deal to tackle the Climate Emergency. As your Scottish Labour and Co-operative candidate, I will be Anniesland's voice in Holyrood. Only Scottish Labour has a plan to unite our country and rebuild our communities.”

The Scottish Liberal Democrats said of their candidate, Mark Simons: “Mark grew up in Drumchapel in the north-west of Glasgow. He joined the Liberal Democrats in 2018 while studying Politics and Philosophy at Glasgow University.

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“Since that time he has worked to represent the interests and improve the lives of the people of Glasgow. Mark believes strongly that the reason government exists is to make people’s lives the best that they can be.”

Bill Kidd, SNP, said: "It has been a pleasure and a real privilege to represent the people of Anniesland for the last ten years. 

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“From a victory to stop the controversial WH Malcolm gasification plant and 230-foot chimney after five years of determined campaigning - to leading the SNP’s bid to rid Glasgow of damaging nuclear weapons - it has been a busy 10 years, with much progress delivered across our community. 

“This has been a difficult year for everyone, but I am absolutely determined to build on what we have achieved in Anniesland over the years.

“As the vaccine programme continues at pace, this is our chance to choose to build back better from the pandemic - with progressive SNP policies like a National Care Service, 100,000 affordable homes, and doubling the Scottish Child Payment to £20 a week.

“In May, voters have the chance to decide who should be in charge of Scotland’s COVID recovery – a Scottish Government democratically elected by people here, or a Tory government at Westminster, that we didn’t vote for, led by Boris Johnson.

"Only by giving both votes to the SNP in May can people re-elect Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister and put Scotland's future in Scotland's hands."