Murray and George

Murray’s Week with Team Paisley

For the last week, 4th year pupil Gleniffer High pupil Murray Pattison has joined the team at Paisley’s Parliamentary Office to undertake his work experience. With 15 year old Murray’s interest in politics, heightened by the recently referendum debate, he contacted George to see if he could spend the week learning about how a busy constituency office operates.

Murray and George

Murray and George

Speaking about his time with Team Paisley, Murray commented, “I have spent the last week in George Adam MSP’s office and it’s been a blast. I’ve contributed in a range of different activities from helping with casework to getting relevant information for George’s speeches. On Wednesday I had the privilege of visiting the Scottish Parliament building (although getting up at half 5 wasn’t as fun!).

‘I was shocked at its beautiful irregular design during my tour and I enjoyed experiencing the budget debate where the Cabinet Secretary for Finance John Swinney gave his plan for setting the new property tax, replacing stamp duty. I felt very proud to have witnessed this.

‘At the parliament building I met George’s lovely wife, Stacey, and I had an all-round great time. All in all I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at the office and parliament.”

George commented on Murray’s stay: “I was delighted to welcome another pupil to my office to undertake their work experience, the first from Gleniffer High School. Having Murray in the office gave him valuable experience regarding the inner working of a busy office right in the centre of Paisley.

‘He tells me he gained a new insight into politics, enhanced further with his day of work through in Edinburgh. I would like to thank Murray for his hard work throughout the week, the interesting debates we have had and wish him well in the future. Who knows, we could have a future Alex Salmond on our hands!”

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All P1-P3 Children Entitled to Free School Meal

With all pupils in Primary 1 to Primary 3 now entitled to a free school meal – the SNP is today highlighting the importance of the policy – with 135,000 children expected to benefit and families of every eligible child saving at least £330 per year.

The move – which is being provided with £70.5m in revenue funding and £24.8m in additional capital funding by the Scottish Government – will provide P1-P3 children with guaranteed access to a healthy, nutritious meal and could positively shape children’s eating habits for the rest of their lives.

George town hall landscapeThe policy has been supported by campaigning organisations across civic Scotland including Child Poverty Action Group Scotland, One Parent Families Scotland, trade unions and Children in Scotland.

Commenting, SNP MSP George Adam said:

“That all P1-P3 children will be entitled to a free school meal is a major step forward – and is a policy which will benefit pupils and their families alike.

“We all know that the early years of a child’s life are the most crucial and can shape their habits for a lifetime – so ensuring our children have access to a healthy lunch could see real improvements in Scotland’s public health in the future.

“Ensuring the youngest pupils in our schools have access to healthy and nutritious lunches can also play an important role in improving attainment and helping pupils to achieve their best in class.

“As well as helping our children to be healthier and achieve more in school, this policy will also provide a real boost to family budgets in tough financial times – with families benefiting to the tune of £330 per year for every eligible child.

“That 135,000 children will now have access to a healthy, free school meal is another example of the Scottish Government taking real action to make our country a better place – and I am very proud that it is the SNP who are taking this important measure forward.”

George sending out his 2104 Christmas Cards

George Gets the Christmas Post Ready

The Royal Mail is facing its busiest week. This is when all the Christmas post is being delivered, cards and parcels to loved ones across the country and beyond. Workers across Scotland will be doing everything in their power to get the mail delivered to businesses, friends and loved ones at this time of year.

George sending out his 2104 Christmas Cards

Paisley’s MSP has also been delivering his Christmas cards across the town.

George said:

‘Everyone appreciates the hard work conducted by everyone in the Royal Mail to get the Christmas deliveries out.

‘My postbag grows considerably in and out of the office at this time of year.

‘This year I have posted hundreds of cards to my friends and family.

‘I always like to show winter scenes of Paisley on my cards and this year is no exception. Cards depicting the Coats Memorial Church and Paisley Abbey will be going through the doors of many people showing some of the special places in our town.

‘I would like to remind everyone that the last posting dates for second class mail is Thursday the 18th of December, first class is Saturday the 20th of December.

‘I wish everyone in Paisley and beyond a happy Christmas’.

George Serious Paisley Town Hall

Murphy Plans Reintroduction of Controversial ‘Blairite’ Policy

LABOUR’S CONFUSED RHETORIC CONTRASTS WITH STRONG SNP ACTION

Labour leadership candidate Jim Murphy is facing criticism today – after proposing the reintroduction of a controversial teaching reform associated with the Blairite faction of his party.

The plan to reintroduce chartered teachers status – which it has been said “underlines his [Murphy’s] reputation as a Blairite…” would see the reintroduction of a policy which was widely criticised as creating a two tier teaching system and which was abolished by the SNP in government.

George Serious Paisley Town Hall

Commenting, SNP MSP George Adam said:

“Jim Murphy lacks credibility on these issues. He talks about access and attainment but people remember when Labour voted to introduce tuition fees and he has, of course, also refused to commit his party to continued free university education in Scotland.

“In contrast, just this week, the SNP Government announced further investment to help reduce barriers to learning experienced by pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds through the Access to Education fund.

“While attainment in Scottish schools is good, and improving, we must continue to do all we can within the powers and resources to narrow that attainment gap and drive up standards at all levels – but people in Scotland are clear that the type of Blairite policies favoured by Jim Murphy simply aren’t the answer.

“With Jim Murphy’s nakedly Blairite agenda now completely exposed, it is absolutely no wonder that the Labour leadership contest is turning dirty as the candidates line up to tear each other apart.

“In contrast, under the leadership of Nicola Sturgeon, SNP membership has soared past the 92,000 mark and the party is riding high in the opinion polls – as young people in particular turn away from a Labour party which simply doesn’t represent their interests.”

 

Jim Murphy’s announcement is reported in today’s Scotland on Sunday.

A poll showing SNP support of 48 per cent – compared to 14 per cent for Labour – amongst 18 to 24 year olds can be found by clicking here.

George outside Paisley Museum

Cabinet Secretary Congratulates Hunterhill Care Home Campaigners

Alex Neil, while still in his post as Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing joined Paisley’s MSP George Adam in congratulating the campaigners who saved Hunterhill Care Home from closure. Speaking in parliament during Health and Wellbeing Questions, George asked the Cabinet Secretary about the importance of local authority care homes in the provision of caring for our older people. He then went on to ask the Cabinet Secretary his thoughts on Labour controlled Renfrewshire Council’s attempts to close Hunterhill Care Home with little consultation.George outside Paisley Museum

Commenting, George said, “As the Cabinet Secretary quite rightly said in his response to my question, I have sent a comment to the Paisley Daily Express. However this is not a comment for comments sake, we need to keep the pressure on Renfrewshire Council who have yet to guarantee the long-term future of Hunterhill Care Home. Mr Neil is clear that it is extremely important that in reshaping care for our elderly, we include care homes and that local authorities have an important role to play in this.

‘However, like me, he is keen to congratulate the campaigners who saved Hunterhill Care Home from closure. One of the most galling things to come out of the consultation process over the close of the care home was the distinct lack of consultation. Family, friends and staff all made me aware of the poor communication and consultation undertaken by the local authority. Then after performing a dramatic U-Turn, keeping the care home open and again allowing people waiting to move into the home, they extinguished the myth that there was not a need for these places.

‘I now call on Labour councillors to give us a cast iron guarantee that Hunterhill Care Home will remain open and residents will not again have their position in the home put in doubt.”

George and Nicola outside Paisley Abbey

Scotland Welcomes its New First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland today welcomes its new First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon as Alex Salmond stands down after seven and a half years at the helm of the country. Emotional scenes in the Scottish Parliament yesterday seen Mr Salmond applauded in the chamber and cheered as he left the parliament for one last time as First Minister. With Nicola Sturgeon becoming the first female to lead the SNP, she now becomes the first female to the lead the Scottish Government.

George and Nicola outside Paisley Abbey

George and Nicola outside Paisley Abbey

Speaking on the significant day in the history of the Scottish Parliament, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, commented, “It’s a sad day to no longer see Alex as First Minister of Scotland. Many of the 16 and 17 year olds voting in the election might not fully remember Scotland without him as First Minister. However, in his place steps one of the best politicians of her generation, Nicola Sturgeon.

‘I have known Nicola since our teenage years, spent in the Young Scottish Nationalists, now the Young Scots for Independence. Even in those early days, you could just tell she was going to go far. A more committed person to social justice and equality you will not meet. As the most prominent politician in the Yes campaign, she took us within inches of securing a Yes vote.

‘Now as leader of our great nation, could she be the one to deliver a Yes vote in the future, should the public demand another vote? We have all watched Nicola over the past seven and a half years in her role as Deputy First Minister. The team of Alex and Nicola has seen off 3 Labour leaders, 2 Tory leaders and 3 leaders of the Lib Dems. Her longevity at the forefront of Scottish politics in this day and age shows how capable she has been at doing her job effectively. I feel this is evidence enough to point to the fact that she will go on to be a great First Minister of our country.”