Scottish Labour's James Kelly, who is the party's candidate in the upcoming Holyrood elections, has launched a petition calling on South Lanarkshire Council to build a new High School in the Cambuslang East area.

Since it's launch, Kelly has gathered over two hundred signatures from people who share the desire for a new secondary school to be brought to the area.

Mr Kelly has announced that a new High School for Drumsagard and Newton is of one of his 5 key pledges if elected as MSP for the area in May

As it stands, many pupils in the Newton Farm area are being redirected to Uddingston Grammar, rather than one of the 3 Rutherglen High Schools. A recent FOI request by James Kelly revealed that a further 300 pupils are set to be sent to Uddingston Grammar over the coming years.,

James Kelly said "I am pleased to see the strength of the local response to my petition and calls for a new high school.

"I want to continue standing up for this area as its MSP because I know and understand the issues that local people are facing, and I will stand side by side with them to ensure these issues are tackled.

"It has long been clear to me that many families are unsatisfied with the current arrangements to send children in Newton Farm to Uddingston Grammar, and many with children due to head to high school in the years ahead are already worrying about how the situation may look in a few years time.

"The SNP failed the people of Cambuslang East by forgetting its own promise of a new high school. It's simply not good enough, and it is pupils that are suffering as a result.

"I am urging people to join me in calling for South Lanarkshire Council to bring a new high school to Cambuslang east, so that pupils can enjoy the full benefits of going to school in their own local area.

"I have made a commitment to the people of these communities that if they send me back to Holyrood in May I will continue to make the case loud and clear that the council needs to get its act together and provide the facilities that our communities deserve by building a new high school for families in Cambuslang East.”