I'm very proud to be a Glaswegian. Glasgow is Scotland's leading city and a fantastic place to live and work. It is a great privilege to be heading up the campaign to win the local election in Glasgow and bring new thinking and a fresh approach to the administration of the council.
Over the past five years SNP councillors have worked to earn your trust in their wards - and we've learned a lot about how the Council itself operates. We've seen what works, what doesn't work and where improvements can be made to give you better services.
Allison Hunter with SNP Depute Leader Nicola Sturgeon MSP
But our manifesto wasn't drawn up on the basis of the priorities that we want to see. It is based on the priorities that you have told us you want to see.
Over the past 18 months we have surveyed 20,000 Glaswegians, across every community in the city, asking them what local issues matter most to them and how they want to see local Council services improved.
An SNP Council can deliver real improvements in your area.
We know that people want the Council to do more to get the basics right – the streets swept, the bins emptied on time and the potholes fixed. And we know how worried people are about unemployment, especially among our youngsters.
Education is another of your top priorities; so is the way that the Council provides care services and supports the army of unpaid carers across the city.
Our manifesto contains proposals to address all of these issues, and many more. We will also keep the council tax frozen.
Our manifesto also sets out our commitment to be open and upfront with you about our plans.
We won't take decisions without consulting the people who are affected by them. We will listen to you and we will make it easier for you to let us know if we are getting it wrong by introducing a Petitions Committee that the Council has to listen to.
We all know that Glasgow has its problems and I'm not going to make any false promises. Council budgets are tight, just as household budgets are tight. But we can create a more successful future working constructively with the people of Glasgow and with our colleagues in the Council and in the Scottish Government.
Together, we can let Glasgow flourish.