MSP George Remembers Councillor Jim Mitchell


George Adam, MSP for the Paisley constituency joined local history enthusiasts to commemorate the radical events of the 1820s in Scotland that culminated in an insurrection that sought the creation of an independent Scotland with power completely devolved to the Scottish people.

In his speech, George, a member of the society, paid tribute to of James Wilson, John Baird, Andrew Hardie and the other 20 men who were sentenced to penal transportation and remembered Councillor Jim Mitchell who was a member and regular attender of 1820 Society events.

After the wreath was laid at the monument, George said:

“Councillor Jim Mitchell embodied everything that was good about the 1820 radicals and shared their passion for an independent Scotland. Although Jim didn’t have any sons, he has Derek [Mackay] and me as ‘political sons’ and we will do our upmost to ensure a ‘Yes’ vote in the forthcoming independence referendum.

“Paisley has always been at the forefront of Scotland’s radical movement and I think it appropriate that the people of the town chose an SNP candidate as their first MSP. The famous banners of the 1820s movement were emblazoned with ‘Scotland Free or a Desert’ and our party believes that we stand at that same crossroad again today.”

George giving a speech to the 1820 SocietyGeorge continued:

“Of course, in looking to our future, it is also important that we look back at the great historical figures and events that helped to shape our nation, particularly the courage of ordinary working people such as Baird, Hardie, Wilson and the 20 deportees who gave their lives for the cause that they believed in. I have submitted a parliamentary motion remembering their selfless contribution.”

George’s motion is as follow:

1820 Society Paisley
That the Parliament congratulates another successful gathering at Woodside Cemetery in Paisley by the ‘1820 society’, a group dedicated to promoting the historical significance of the events that took place in the 1820s involving a radical insurrection that sought the creation of an independent Scotland with power completely devolved to the people of Scotland that subsequently increased the awareness of a Scottish national identity; acknowledges the brave efforts of James Wilson, John Baird, Andrew Hardie and the other 20 men who were sentenced to penal transportation; remembers Councillor Jim Mitchell, a former prominent member of the society who embodied the spirit and ethos of those radical thinkers and combined it into his modern politics, and applauds the speakers of the event who have assured that it will return in 2012.

Paisley – The Home of Scottish U21 Football

George at the new home of Scotland U21 and the Paisley SaintsGEORGE WELCOMES THE USE OF ST MIRREN PARK AS A NATIONAL STADIUM

George Adam MSP has given his support to the news that St. Mirren Park will become the first Scotland U21’s national football stadium.

The Scottish Football Association made the announcement along with St. Mirren Football Club and intend to use the ground for at least the next four games of Scotland’s UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification campaign.

Commenting, George said:

“This is a fantastic announcement from the SFA and St. Mirren Football Club. Firstly it gives the team a familiar surrounding from which they can launch their Euro Championship campaign and secondly, it adds to the feel good factor involving sport in Paisley right now.

“When youngsters see Scotland’s U21 stars in their town as well as visits from Andy Murray, they can’t but help to get passionate about sport.

“I doubt it’s possible, but I’ll be doing my best to buy tickets for my usual seat in the stadium for all the under 21 games!”

Countdown to Commonwealth Games is on says MSP

George brushing up on his tennis skills at Brodie ParkPAISLEY PREPARES FOR THE GATEWAY TO THE GAMES

Paisley MSP George Adam is highlighting that this week marks three years till the Commonwealth Games come to Glasgow in 2014 and George believes that Paisley will have a significant role to play.

The town’s new MSP says that the three year milestone marks the perfect time for people young and old to participate in sport and sees Paisley as one of they key beneficiaries of the games coming to Scotland.

Commenting, George said:

“Unquestionably, participation in sport can be an incredible thing; it gives people of any age the focus and discipline to succeed as well as other skills that can be transferred to everyday life. We also know that youngsters who have the option to partake in sport are less like to involve themselves in troublesome activity.

“We have seen the positive impact that a one visit can have when Andy Murray paid a visit to our town and of course, there will be a lasting legacy with the redevelopment of Brodie Park tennis courts.”

George continued:

“With assistance from the Lawn Tennis Association, £160,000 has been invested in the new courts and I am confident that this will result in Paisley producing Scotland’s future tennis stars.

“I truly believe that Paisley has an important role to play in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The town will become ‘The Gateway to the games’ and through participation in sport, we can showcase to the country and beyond the continuing redevelopment of our town”.

The 2010 games were held in Delhi, India.

More information about the 2014 Commonwealth Games can be found here

MSP George Calls on Buddies to Use Outdoor Gyms


George Adam, MSP for Paisley is urging Buddies to take advantage of ‘outdoor gyms’ like the one at Brodie Park to assist in getting fit this summer.

The outdoor play park was established by Paisley South Vision, a working group set up to improve facilities at Brodie Park in conjunction with Renfrewshire Council and has seen Buddies young and old flock to it since its creation in 2009.

After an intense workout, George said:

“Outdoor gyms like this one are a fantastic way to assist anyone with an interest in fitness and general wellbeing. Most people will be content with jogging, but anyone who fancies spicing up their fitness session should definitely have a go.

“I’ll be taking part in the Paisley 10k this year and the gym will form an important part of my training.

“The gyms are often dubbed ‘Pensioner’s Play-parks’, but I often see people young and old using the facility. It is unsupervised, so do remember to take care, especially if you are new to fitness training.”

The equipment includes a body twister, a skier, a surfer and a sit-up bench.

George Becomes Convenor of Cross Party Group on Fair Trade

George with Council Leader Brian Lawson supporting the Fairtrade Zone CampaignMSP TAKES PAISLEY’S FAIRTRADE ACHIEVEMENTS TO PARLIAMENT

George Adam, Paisley’s MSP has been elected Convener of the Scottish Parliamentary Cross Party Group on Fair Trade and will take up the position immediately.

Fair Trade promotes and guarantees fair prices for third world producers and gives power back to both producers and consumers. George takes up the role having already been a member of Renfrewshire Fair Trade Steering Group, which helped Paisley retain ‘Fair Trade Town’ status and Renfrewshire as a ‘Fair Trade Zone’.

Commenting after his election, George said:

“It’s a great honour to take up the position of Convener of the Scottish Parliamentary Cross Party Group on Fair Trade. As a Councillor, I have been involved in some worthy fair trade initiatives with the Renfrewshire Fair Trade Steering Group and it was my colleagues on this group that suggested I become a member of the cross party group.

“We have some fantastic fair trade experiences in Renfrewshire and I would like to share those with my parliamentary colleagues. I’d also like to find out what’s happening in other parts of Scotland and see if we can use their examples here in Paisley.

“As Paisley’s MSP, I want to keep my constituents abreast of what’s going on through in Parliament and how decisions affect them, but I also want to promote Paisley and showcase the positive achievements that we have made in terms of Fair Trade.

“This will be an important year for the Fair Trade movement in Scotland. Over the coming year we are working towards Scotland becoming a Fair Trade nation. I believe that many of the experiences we had in Paisley can be used to help other areas across Scotland. This next year will be a challenge but it is one I am looking forward to.”

The Fair Trade Foundation announced in February 2009 that Renfrewshire had achieved Fair Trade Zone status, after a campaign led by Renfrewshire Council and involving local Fair Trade groups, schools, churches and businesses.

More information on Fair Trade in Paisley can be found here

George Asks for Free SPT Holiday Travel for Paisley’s Kids


George at the driving seatPaisley MSP George Adam is urging Strathclyde Partnership for Transport to extend free summer travel for children on the Glasgow Subway so that kids from Paisley can also enjoy complementary travel.

Mr Adam is concerned that families from Paisley wishing to attend tourist attractions in Glasgow this summer, including the new Transport Museum, will not have the same advantage as their counterparts from Glasgow.

George Adam MSP said:

“I welcome the SPT announcement that children will travel for free on the Glasgow Subway this summer.

“Unfortunately families in my constituency will still be deterred due to the remaining cost of a rail ticket into the city and I strongly urge SPT to extend a similar scheme to Paisley where children can take advantage of a free travel card. How often does Paisley and Renfrewshire need to be ignored by SPT? There needs to be some balance and Renfrewshire as one of the “partners” needs to get the same offers as Glasgow. It appears our children are now being ignored by SPT.

“I will be writing to SPT to urge them to extend this scheme to Paisley. Free travel for kids on the Subway is a fantastic idea, but it makes sense to assist families in surrounding towns and villages to get there.

The SPT offer runs from 25 June to 21 August for up to two children under the age of 16 with every full fare paying adult.

More information about the SPT initiative can be found here

George signs The Pledge for Prostate Cancer

George Adam MSP with Ann Ferguson (Head of Scotland Operations The Prostate Cancer Charity)George Adam, MSP for Paisley has expressed his backing for reduced inequalities and improved prostate cancer services in Scotland by signing The Pledge for Prostate Cancer.

The Prostate Cancer Charity Scotland has set out five pledges that MSPs can make to show their support for people affected by prostate cancer, and is delighted to have secured widespread cross party support for the initiative.

George said: “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in Scotland. 2,700 men in Scotland are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year and 19,000 are currently living with the disease. Two men die of prostate cancer every day.

“Despite this there is still considerable scope to improve the treatment, support and choices available to men diagnosed with prostate cancer – as well as improving the public’s knowledge of some of the issues faced by those affected by it. That’s why I am delighted to sign The Pledge for Prostate Cancer and help The Prostate Cancer Charity fight for a world where lives are no longer limited by the disease.”

Ann Ferguson, Head of Scotland Operations at The Prostate Cancer Charity, said: “It is fantastic that George is showing his support for men and their families affected by prostate cancer. We hope many more politicians will follow suit and back the pledge to ensure prostate cancer remains firmly in the spotlight over the course of this parliament, and that the improvements we are calling for make the transition from proposal to reality.”

A recent survey of men diagnosed with prostate cancer that found that 85 per cent had experienced symptoms for more than a month before contacting a health professional, with almost half of this group (41 per cent) waiting for more than a year before seeking medical advice.*

Anyone concerned about prostate cancer can call The Prostate Cancer Charity’s free and confidential Helpline on 0800 074 8383. The Helpline is staffed by specialist nurses and is open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday and Wednesdays from 7pm – 9pm. Alternatively please visit


1. The Pledge for Prostate Cancer in Scotland states that:

2: Every eligible man should have the opportunity to make an informed choice about the PSA test (a first step in diagnosing problems with the prostate that may be cancer).
3: All men with prostate cancer should have access to a full range of ‘Gold Standard’ treatment options and support services.
4: Every man with prostate cancer should have a named specialist nurse and access to high quality, tailored information.
5: There should be more research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.
6: Robust data should be collected and published on the use of treatments in prostate cancer and the outcomes achieved

The Prostate Cancer Charity Scotland

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in Scotland. Older men, men with a family history of prostate cancer and men of black African and black Caribbean descent are more at risk.

2,700 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Scotland and 19,000 Scottish men are currently living with the disease.

Two men die of prostate cancer every day in Scotland.

The Prostate Cancer Charity Scotland is striving for a world where lives are no longer limited by prostate cancer. The Charity is fighting prostate cancer on every front – through research, support, information and campaigning.

The Prostate Cancer Charity in Scotland has a network of established support groups. The groups are free to attend and open to men living with prostate cancer, their partners, families, friends or carers. The groups meet regularly and offer the opportunity for informal chat and discussion, guest speakers and free literature. To get involved please call The Prostate Cancer Charity in Scotland on 0141 314 0050.

George welcomes referendum announcement

George and AlexGeorge Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, has welcomed the announcement by the Scottish Government that the independence referendum will be held in the Autumn of 2014 and urged people Paisley to join the debate.
George said:

“The people of Paisley will have the exciting opportunity to vote in a referendum on Scotland’s future in 2014.

“This is a major opportunity to ensure that that the decisions about Scotland are taken by the people of Scotland and I hope everyone will take part.

“During this week, we have seen the Tories, the Lib-Dems and Labour all try to muscle in on the referendum, so I welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to a referendum made in Scotland by the Scottish people and Scottish Parliament.

“It is also right that 16 and 17 year olds should be allowed to vote in the referendum. It is notable that the Labour Party both north and south of the border are questioning this position, while numerous Labour MP’s and MSP’s have signed up to support lowering the voting age to 16, via the Vote 16 petition. The SNP has long believed that people who are entitled by law to work full time, get married and pay taxes should have a say in how their country is run and in the future of that country.

“It is absolutely vital therefore that our 16 and 17 year olds have a say in the biggest single decision Scotland will have taken in 300 years. Our young people are our future; they have a right to express their view at the ballot box.

“Above all, this is a matter for Scotland. The people gave the SNP a mandate to run this referendum. The Tories, Lib-Dems and Labour would do well to come to terms with that fact and respect the people’s decision.”

Link to Vote 16 petition signed by Labour MP’s and MSP’s

Call for Paisley Nominations to Young Scot Awards 2012

George Adam MSPGeorge Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, is encouraging his constituents to nominate a young person aged between 11 to 26 years old who has made a positive difference to the people’s lives in the local area.

The Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2012, in association with The Co-operative Foundation, are asking for nominations to be submitted to before Friday 26th February. The Awards organisers want to hear inspirational stories, which truly reflect Scotland’s outstanding young people.

George said, “I know and have met many inspirational young people in Paisley the past year, who dedicate themselves to helping others in one way or another.

‘Anyone who can think of someone they know, or a group project, which deserves recognition at national level, should submit a nomination to the Young Scot Awards.

‘There are a number of different award categories, and the more people or groups put forward the better. This is a good opportunity to flag up the good work going on in Paisley; so whether you know a young sports hero, a young carer or some who volunteers their time for a good cause, nominate them so they can receive the praise they deserve”.

To nominate some one, click here.

Paisley MSP helps in campaign to tackle Student Drop-Out Rates

George out and about in PaisleyGeorge Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, has recently lent his support to tackle the problem of students having to drop-out of university.

In supporting the ‘Fair Share, Fair Access’, which is being led by the Paisley Student President Garry Quigley, George has personally written to the Scottish Funding to help divert resources into helping to understand why students have to leave university early before achieving a degree.

George said, “The Scottish Government is committed to helping the most disadvantaged students in society, which is why in our Post-16 legislation we have secured a minimum income of £7,000 per year for the poorest students. This will go a long way in helping ease the financial woes of some students.”

To provide further help the campaign, Mr Adam has personally written to the Scottish Funding Council to ask them to consider the proposals outlined by the UWS Student President, that a national research project should be set-up that would seek to understand the reasons of why students drop-out.

“I was more than happy to lend my support to this campaign and to write to the Funding Council to ask them to consider setting-up a research project that would look into student retention. Having students dropping-out of university doesn’t benefit anyone, therefore, in order to uncover solutions to this problem, it is equally important that we understand the reason why students drop-out.”

Garry Quigley, UWS Student President added, “I was delighted that Mr Adam was able to lend us his support in our ‘Fair Share, Fare Access’ campaign. It is time that society tries to understand the problem of student dropping-out of university life. A recent report has discovered that 30% of those who drop-out of university cannot find any sort of employment afterwards. This creates many problems for society as a whole and its time that we took action to address it. The lobbying that Mr Adam has recently done for us will go along away in helping eradicate the problem of students leaving university early.”

Report looking into student retention