THE SNP vowed to eradicate child poverty in Inverclyde if they take control of the council.

Candidates gathered in Greenock for their manifesto launch ahead of the upcoming local authority elections next month.

The 12,000-word, 68-page long document, entitled ‘Ambitious for Inverclyde’, outlines the party’s short and long term plans for the area, with an emphasis on investment in education, roads and a pledge to wipe out child poverty locally by 2030.

Group leader Chris McEleny says the SNP are not just out to win the election but to set in motion a plan to transform the area for many years to come.

Mr McEleny said: “Some of these things can’t be solved overnight and it takes a long term approach.

“This is not just a plan for an election – it’s a vision for the future. We have short-term plans to make quick improvements and long term plans to address the issues everybody knows we have in Inverclyde that have not been addressed in decades, like child poverty and anti-social behaviour.

“We’ve set a big target to eradicate child poverty by 2030.

"It’s a very ambitious programme we’re putting forward to the electorate to improve the lives of every person in Inverclyde and make it a good place to live."