Last week the people of Govan overwhelmingly elected Labour's candidate John Kane to be their new City Councillor; but sadly the people of Shettleston lost one of their own community champions, with the sad passing of Councillor George Ryan.
George Ryan was an immensely popular and committed Councillor. A man who did all within his power to stand up to injustice, fight for a better deal for the East End and create a more socially just Glasgow. He will be sorely missed in the City Chambers, in his ward, but most of all by his family and our heartfelt condolences go out to them.
As council leader Gordon Matheson said earlier this week, George was the sort of man who would have been the first to congratulate his new colleague and help Councillor Kane settle into the City Chambers.
He would have been proud that John's campaign was based on local issues and local people, not obsessing over the constitution and narrow-minded nationalism, but continuing the city council's regeneration programme and making Glasgow a better place to live.
Investing £250m in the future of Glasgow's most precious resource - our children - by rebuilding and refurbishing every primary school and continuing to put employment at the heart of the council's plans with the £50m Glasgow Guarantee to get Glaswegians into jobs with a living wage. These are the priorities the people of Govan want to see their councillors deliver, and the reason why they backed John's campaign.
Voters rejected the SNP's vision for Glasgow and the SNP Government's cuts, which have ripped over £150 million from our city's budget.
Less than one year out from the referendum on Independence, the people of Govan are unfortunately still trapped between an uncaring Westminster Government, and a Scottish Government completely distracted by Independence.
Both pushing their own party agendas, oblivious to the cost of living crisis gripping the Scottish families.
A crisis that Glaswegians want to see tackled and a crisis that the Labour Party will act upon.
Promising action to fix our energy market, freezing prices to save millions of households and businesses from the obscene double digit increases, the latest round of which we saw last week, and helping those already faced with an impossible choice between heating and eating.
Tackling Zero-Hour contracts that force workers to make themselves available for work, but without the guarantee of a monthly wage packet.
Outlawing the abhorrent 'Bedroom Tax' and paying for it by closing the loopholes that allows big business to dodge paying their fair share of tax.
These are the issues that Glaswegians and Councillor Kane want to see tackled. The Glasgow Labour Party will continue to put the people of Glasgow first and I am delighted that Glaswegians have again shared our vision.