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Angela Crawley has revealed she has not yet decided whether to stay on as a councillor after winning a seat at Westminster.
Ms Crawley was elected as MP for Lanark and Hamilton East, with a majority of over 10,000 votes.
The new MP also acts as a councillor for Hamilton South and will now make a decision on whether to keep both positions. There is no rule preventing her from keeping both jobs.
The basic salary for an MP is £67,060 per year, while the base salary for a South Lanarkshire councillor is £16,560 per year.
Ms Crawley was first elected to be a councillor in 2012 and can keep the position until 2017.
While Ms Crawley was in London making her first visit to Westminster since being elected, a representative held her councillor’s surgery at the Trinity Parish Church in Fairhill on Tuesday.
Ms Crawley is training to be a lawyer at Glasgow University and is currently in her second year.
She stated she would wait until the dust had settled on the election result before making her decision, adding: “It’s still early. It has been a hectic few days, so nothing has been decided yet.
“I was elected as a councillor in 2012 until 2017, and I have just been elected as an MP so I will take some time to decide how to best serve my constituents.”
Anne Maggs of the SNP, the group leader of the opposition at South Lanarkshire Council, has backed Crawley to take the time she needs to decide.
She said: “Nothing has been decided yet. She is down in London with the group of 56 MPs that the SNP have taken down there, and when she returns we will start discussing it then.
“She is not alone in this. There will be a lot of SNP councillors in a position where they now have to make a decision.”