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Passengers Numbers At Record High At Glasgow And Edinburgh Airports

SNP Will Continue To Take Action To Support Airports And Grow The Scottish EconomyGlasgow Airport (2)

 

The SNP has highlighted new figures that have shown both Glasgow Airport and Edinburgh Airport achieving record passenger numbers for June, proving the success of the Scottish Government in promoting Scotland as a destination for tourism and business.

 

Glasgow Airport handled nearly 950,000 passengers during the month, whilst Edinburgh recorded the busiest ever June for a Scottish airport with nearly 1.2 million passengers. The number of people coming to Scotland shows how well regarded Scotland is as a destination for business and tourism.

 

MSP for Paisley, George Adam, commented: “These figures are very welcome news for the Scottish economy as we enter the summer months. It shows that people from across the world see Scotland as a fantastic destination to visit and enjoy both as tourists and in which to do business.

 

“Businesses come here because of our highly skilled workforce and strong economic community – whilst tourists are always keen to take advantage of our beautiful landscapes, lively cities and the warm welcome they receive.

 

“The SNP government has been an excellent driving force behind showing Scotland as an excellent destination, and with plans to reduce Air Passenger Duty to make it easier for business and tourists to come to Scotland, passenger numbers will continue to soar.”

George in Paisley Town Centre

Paisley’s MSP Welcomes Fall in Number of Teenage Pregnacies

Drop in Renfrewshire Part of Nationwide PictureGeorge in Paisley Town Centre

 

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, has welcomed the fall in the number of teenage pregnancies across Renfrewshire, following the release of latest figures by the Information Services Division.

 

The number of people under 16 who became pregnant in Renfrewshire between 2012 and 2014 has dropped from 39 to 34.

 

Commenting on the figures, George said: “These latest figures show a welcome drop in the number of teens becoming pregnant across Renfrewshire – and reflect the dedicated work of education, health and community services.

 

“The Scottish Government published its ‘pregnancy and parenthood in young people’ strategy in March, aimed at addressing the fundamental causes of pregnancy in young people by considering wider factors that are central in supporting young people – such as education, attainment, training and employment.

 

“This work will continue – with a focus on ensuring services are putting young people at the centre of decision making and helping them to reach their potential as individuals, and where appropriate, as parents.”

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

Paisley’s MSP Backs New Organ Donor Register Campaign, ‘We Need Everybody’

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

TV Advert Launched to Encourage People to Sign up to The Life-Saving Register

 

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam has called on constituents living in Paisley to join the NHS Organ Donor Register following the launch of a new TV publicity campaign by NHS Scotland.

 

The ‘We Need Everybody’ campaign is seeking to highlight that anyone can be an organ donor, and that by having more people on the Register, more lives can be saved across the country.

 

Currently less than one percent of deaths in Scotland occur when the person is able to donate their organs, which is why it is vital that more people sign up to the NHS register.

 

George commented: “This is an important campaign – one which will help save lives in Paisley and across Scotland.

 

“Signing up to the Organ Donor Register could not be easier – and I would encourage my constituents to spare the two minutes that it takes to sign up and join the 43% of Scots currently registered.

 

“The We Need Everybody campaign is about driving home the fact that everybody has it in them to save a life. The Organ Donor Register is a vital resource for our NHS – and with 540 people currently waiting for a life-saving transplant, it is as vital a time as ever to sign up and help save a life.”

 

People can sign up to the Organ Donor Register at weneedeverybody.org

 

The full TV advert from the publicity campaign is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDZ60BABUwk

George Outside Paisley Crown Post Office

Post Office Must be Transparent About Paisley Closure Says Cabinet Secretary

Paisley’s MSP George Adam has welcomed support from the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, demanding that any changes proposed by the Post Office should be totally transparent with the public in Paisley.

 

The Post Office announced earlier this year that it was reviewing the Post Office in the Piazza with a possibility of moving the Post Office within WH Smith on the High Street.

 

George Outside Paisley Crown Post Office

George said:

 

‘ When I spoke to the Cabinet Secretary on Tuesday I was boosted by her commitment that transparency about the closure of the Post Office and its potential move.

 

‘I have already responded to the consultation stating my objection to the proposals.  Currently accessibility is a key issue.  The Piazza has parking within the complex and the town’s bus stops are right on their door.  Moving it to the High Street creates issues for those with mobility issues.

 

‘Stacey, my wife, is a wheelchair user and I can tell you from personal experience that using a wheelchair or pushing someone using a wheelchair up the gradient from the Piazza to WH Smiths is no easy task.  There is no parking at the WH Smiths store either.

 

‘But there is a wider issue.  How can the largest town in Scotland not have the capacity for a Crown Post office?

 

‘And then we have the banks that have closed in Paisley, some of them mainly state owned, telling us that we can bank at the local post office.

 

‘Maintaining footfall for other businesses should be looked at when removing a Crown Post Office.

 

‘Something is far wrong.  I have yet to meet a single person that is happy about these proposals or is happy about the information they have been provided with.

 

‘The Post Office are trying to say this is due to costs but when asked about the costs for the Paisley Post Office they refuse to answer.  How can they use an argument that they refuse to provide the information for.  This negates their argument totally.

 

‘I look forward to hearing the response from the Post Office after their consultation and hearing if the people of Paisley have been listened to’.

Tom Arthur MSP, Derek MacKay MSP, George Adam MSP & Gavin Newlands MP

MSP Votes To Back Scotland’s Place In Europe

Paisley’s Decision To Remain Must Be Respected

Tom Arthur MSP, Derek MacKay MSP, George Adam MSP & Gavin Newlands MP

Tom Arthur MSP, Derek MacKay MSP, George Adam MSP & Gavin Newlands MP

 

Paisley’s MSP has joined with colleagues from across the Scottish Parliament in uniting behind the First Minister’s efforts to keep Scotland in the European Union – voting to give the Scottish Government a mandate to commence discussions with EU institutions and members states.

 

At Decision Time on Tuesday, MSPs voted overwhelmingly by 92 votes to 0 in favour of a Scottish Government motion in favour of exploring options to protect Scotland’s EU membership – with only the Scottish Tories withholding support.

 

Commenting, George said:

 

“Last week, the people of Paisley made their voice heard in no uncertain terms – and I was proud to join MSPs across the parties to cast my vote in the Scottish Parliament to make clear that their decision should be respected.

 

“That Ruth Davidson and the Tories could not find it within themselves to back this common-sense position in unison with the rest of the Parliament shows just how far they are willing to go to defend their colleagues in the UK Government – throwing Scotland under the bus in the process.

 

“Over the last few days, Nicola Sturgeon is the only politician in the UK who has shown any leadership whatsoever – and it is entirely right that MSPs have given her this overwhelming mandate to make Scotland’s case directly to EU institutions and member states.

 

Our national Parliament spoke with a strong and united voice – making absolutely clear that Paisley’s vote must be respected and Scotland’s place in Europe must be protected.

 

“In doing so, the First Minister has made clear that no option is off the table – and the SNP in government will do everything we can to ensure that Scotland maintains its place in the European family of nations, rather than being dragged out against our will by a right-wing Tory party which now finds itself in complete disarray.”

George with his Renfrewshire Colleagues,
Derek MacKay MSP, Gavin Newlands MP and Tom Arthur MSP

George Speaks to EU Nationals in Paisley: You’re Welcome Here

Paisleys MSP has told EU nationals in Paisley that “you remain welcome here” after Scotland voted overwhelmingly to stay in the European Union.

Renfrewshire voted to Remain in the EU by 64.8% – alongside every other local authority area in Scotland.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has made clear that it would be a “democratic outrage” for Scotland to now be dragged out of the EU against its will.

The Scottish Government is now exploring all options to protect Scotland’s relationship with Europe.

George with his Renfrewshire Colleagues, Derek MacKay MSP, Gavin Newlands MP and Tom Arthur MSP

George with his Renfrewshire Colleagues,
Derek MacKay MSP, Gavin Newlands MP and Tom Arthur MSP

Commenting, George said:

“Paisley, like the rest of Scotland, voted to remain within the EU – a vote to protect our place in the world’s biggest single market and the jobs and investment that depend on it.

“It’s significant that the result in Scotland came after a campaign that was positive about the EU and the benefits of freedom of movement.

“As your MSP, I want to tell the citizens of other EU countries living in Paisley that you remain welcome here, Scotland is your home and your contribution is valued.

“The many EU citizens studying or working at Paisley University should also be reassured that the Scottish Government is doing everything possible to protect our membership of the EU.

“It’s deeply disappointing that the result in Scotland was not echoed across the whole of the UK – but Scotland has spoken decisively and we will make that voice heard.”

 

George and Fraser Campbell

Fraser has Great Week with Paisley office

Recently, Fraser Campbell joined the team at the Paisley’s Parliamentary Office for his work experience. Fraser, a fourth year pupil at Johnstone High School, has always had an interest in politics and current affairs. This made the Paisley office the perfect place to spend his work experience.George and Fraser Campbell

Speaking of his time with his with the team based on Johnston Street Fraser said, “I was looking forward to this work placement for weeks! I have always had an interest in politics so I was delighted to have the chance to work with George and the rest of the office here. The team of George, Matthew, Dave, Tom and Cathy were all really friendly and helpful. They made sure I was confident in what I was doing at all times”

“On the Wednesday I was given the opportunity to visit the Scottish Parliament for the first time. Once we got to the Parliament, I had the chance to meet Stacey, George’s wife who is really kind and friendly. Matthew gave me a fantastic tour of the building and I got the chance to have lunch amongst all the MSP’s! The icing on the cake was the chance to view a debate on fracking. This was very intriguing. I finished off the week by accompanying George to a radio interview. Unexpectedly, I ended up speaking on the radio myself. All in all it’s been a fantastic week.”

Speaking of this experience George said, “It was brilliant to have Fraser in the office with us this week. He was helpful and polite and showed a good understanding of politics and the job he was doing, I hope he can carry what he has learned into the future. Fraser has been a pleasure to work with and I wish him all the best for the future.”

George in Paisley Town Centre

George Encourages Local Group to Apply to CashBack for Communities

George in Paisley Town CentrePaisley’s MSP George Adam has today encouraged local groups across Paisley to apply for a new funding through the CashBack for Communities programme – after a £17m funding boost for the scheme was announced by the Scottish Government.

CashBack for Communities is a Scottish Government programme which takes funds recovered from the proceeds of crime and invests them into free activities and programmes for young people across Scotland.

Since 2008/09 CashBack has committed over £75 million to projects and organisations who work with young people, delivering more than 1.8 million activities and opportunities throughout the country.

Commenting, George said:

“This new funding for CashBack for Communities is very welcome – and offers a real opportunity which community groups across Paisley should not pass up.

“CashBack for Communities offers every young person, regardless of their background, the opportunity to get involved in positive activities in their communities – and this new round of funding will focus on improving the attainment, ambition and aspirations of the most disadvantaged young people in Paisley and right across the country.

“Paisley is privileged to have so many wonderful community groups working so hard to improve our communities. This new funding is a fantastic opportunity for many of them to build on the positive work they already do – and I’d urge community groups across Paisley to apply.”

 

 

George

George Welcomes 41 Year Crime Low

Most adults experienced no crime in 2014/15 and both the overall number of crimes and the risk of being a victim of crime have continued the decreasing trend seen in recent years.

Scotland’s Chief Statistician this week released the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS) 2014-15: Main Findings. The figures show that the estimated number of crimes in 2014/15 (688,000) has fallen by around a sixth (16 per cent) since the 815,000 crimes estimated in 2012/13, and, by around a third (34 per cent) since the 1,045,000 crimes estimated in 2008/09.George

Welcoming these figure, Paisley’s MSP George Adam commented, “9 out of 10 Scots are happy with local policing, new statistics show, with 89% agreeing that police were doing a good job in their area. I am not complacent to think that crime is not an issue, but it is very positive to read that the amount of recorded crime in Scotland continues to fall and is at a 41 year low.

‘It is also very encouraging to see that so many Scots are happy with local policing. Not only does this show that people feel our officers are doing a good job, but is a welcome statement to our officers that they are valued by the communities they serve. I regularly engage with our local police force and I am proud of the job serving our town.

“This reduction in crime levels is supported by our promise to deliver 1,000 more officers, than in 2007 – a commitment we remain dedicated to and continue to deliver upon. This approach is clearly paying off, with confidence in local policing strong and fear of crime falling.

“If re-elected the SNP are committed to protecting the police budget in real terms, ensuring that our police officers can get on with the job of making Scotland safer.”