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§ Mrs. Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill)
I have the honour of presenting a petition to the honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled on behalf of Park community council, and, associated with it, the following organisations in the constituency of Maryhill employees of East park children's home, the Glenavon action group, the Lochburn tenants' association, the Oran street sheltered housing tenants' association, the Woodside tenants' association and numerous other constituents of Maryhill.
So keen were they to display their opposition to this iniquitous Act affecting Scotland that they queued outside on a rainy day to sign the petition. All those who signed it are reaffirming the opposition that they showed to the poll tax at the time of the general election. In supporting the petition, I would point out that in a turnout of over 52,000 at the general election, only 3,000 could be found to support the one candidate who advocated the poll tax.
I am aware of no organisation in Maryhill that supports the poll tax.
At a later date I shall bring forward further petitions from organisations in Maryhill opposed to this poll tax. Unless, in the coming weeks and months, the Government pay attention to the wishes of the people of Scotland, expressed here tonight by my constituents and by others the result of the next general election in Scotland will be even more unfortunate for the Government.
§ To lie upon the Table.