Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697, Shining the Light for Community-based Events

George today lodged a motion at parliament congratulating all involved in the very successful event which took place in Paisley Town Centre this past Saturday, Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697. The motion carries on by highlighting how events such as this can have great benefits for local communities. The motion is as follows:

Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697, Shining the Light for Community-based Events

That the Parliament congratulates the Paisley Development Trust and everyone involved with the event, Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697; notes that the event took place across Paisley town centre on 9 June 2012 and included storytelling and numerous re-enactments; praises all of the volunteers who gave up time to make what it considers to have been a great and successful day; thanks especially the 250 people who donned historical garments to make the re-enactments as authentic as possible and the estimated 1,000 people from Paisley and Renfrewshire who came out in force to support the day; considers that community-lead events such as the Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 are a great way to engage communities, bring people to towns, spark interest in local history and culture and, more generally, provide locally based and produced entertainment and enjoyment for towns as a whole, and believes that more events like this in cities, towns and villages across Scotland would be of great benefit to local communities and would highlight the talent and imagination of so many throughout the land.



George AdamWelcoming the publication of Strathclyde Police’s Annual Report 2011/12, showing a sharp drop in violent crime across the region, SNP MSP for Paisley George Adam, said:

“These figures are testament to the hard work of police officers across Strathclyde, and to the SNP Government who has helped deliver record police numbers in Strathclyde and across Scotland.

“Just this week it was revealed that there are almost five hundred more police in Strathclyde than when the SNP took office – this is real progress and is delivering real results.

“Serious assaults are down from 3,028 to 2,530 and cases of robbery and assault with intent to rob fell from 1,488 to 1,246.

“Recorded crime across Scotland is at a 35-year low, fear of crime is down, and the risk of being a victim of crime in Scotland is falling and is lower than in England and Wales.

“Contrast this with the bleak picture south of the border, where 16000 police jobs are being cut and the Home Secretary was slow handclapped at the Police Federation Conference.

“There is no room for complacency but the huge effort made by police across Strathclyde is paying off.”

Notes: Link to Strathclyde Police’s annual report statistical bulletin

George Votes in Historic Yes Vote

George says Yes to IndependenceGeorge Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, last week [31/05/2012] voted for First Minister Alex Salmond’s parliamentary motion which stated, “That the Parliament agrees that Scotland should be an independent country; sees it as the responsibility of this generation to hand over a better country to the next generation than the one inherited, and believes that it is vital for the people of Scotland to take full responsibility for the decisions about the future of Scotland.”

This was the first time that Holyrood has indicated its support for Scotland becoming an independent country, and commenting after the vote George said:

‘This was a historic day in the parliament and indeed in Scotland. This is the first time that elected member’s in Scotland have voted in favour of Scotland becoming and independent nation. Indeed, it is not the elected members who will decide whether or not we become independent, but the people of Scotland; however, as a life long supporter of independence for Scotland, this was a very symbolic day for myself and my colleagues.

‘Even just a few years ago, the thought of such a vote would have been unimaginable. Now the unimaginable has arrived, and can act as a starting point, on top of last weeks Yes Campaign launch, on the journey to Scotland taking her seat alongside the world other independent nations once again.

‘The task ahead is great, but it is a task which we all should relish being part of. Myself and the rest of my independence supporting MSP colleagues are in a fortunate position during this historic time, sitting in a parliament which looks to take the biggest step in over 300 years, however, every single person in Scotland is fortunate also; they hold the opportunity in their hands to make Scotland independent once more.

Paisley’s MSP on Town Hall Investment

George outside Paisley Town HallPaisley’s MSP has welcomed the £1.6 million investment in Paisley’s Town Hall, to revamp the iconic landmark and make it more accessible to people with disabilities.

Speaking on the announcement, George said:

‘This is a good start to the investment that is required for the town hall. Obviuosly, there is a lot more to do, as outlined in Renfrewshire Council’s pre-consultation on the Town Hall a few years ago, where it was put forward that £7million would be needed to total re-vamp this icon buliding.

‘However, this investment will give the building an upgrade and increase public access, ensuring that the venue is in tip-top condition for the Mod coming to the town next year.

‘Not only that, jobs will be created, apprenticeships will be continued along with training for those involved in the project.

‘This is in line with the Government’s priority of employment and jobs’.

The town hall was built in 1882 by members of the Clark family, one of the families important in the thread and weaving history of Paisley.

George Previews Renfrewshire’s Witch Hunt

George and Cllr Mags MacLaren with Witch Hunt Characters.George and Local Councillor Mags MacLaren took some time to see the preparations for the Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 project, which will be taking place all over Paisley on Saturday the 9th of June.

The event will be a live participation showcase, highlighting the last, largest, mass execution of people accused of witchcraft in western Europe which took place in Paisley.


Everyone is invited to the event, and if you would like to dress up, 17th century style, to participate, even better!

To find out more about the Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697, click here.

George welcomes consultation in Victims’ Rights Bill

George Adam MSPGeorge Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, has welcomed the Scottish Government’s consultation on their proposed Victims’ Rights Bill.

The proposed Bill aims to introduce new measure to help further protect those affected by crime and to allow further openness and transparency between victims of crime and the Scottish justice system.

Commenting George said:

“The role of the Scottish justice system is to protect the victims of crimes as well as ensuring those who perpetrate crime are held to account for their actions.

“The Scottish Government has already made improvements to the way victims of crime and witnesses are treated by the judicial system. Courts can now award higher compensation payments and the Government also continues to support the work of Victim Support Scotland.

“The consultation contains a wide range of proposals that aim to further improve the experience of the justice system for victims and witnesses and offer them additional support. It aim to make sure victims, witnesses and their families feel better prepared to give evidence, ensure that they are more informed about any court proceedings and better ensure that victims and witnesses needs remain a priority.

“I would urge as many people as possible in Paisley and beyond to respond to the consultation, as their opinions could be vital in ensuring that this bill goes further to protect those affected by crime.”

Click here for a link to the consultation paper

George Says Yes

George signs the Yes DeclarationPaisley’s MSP has signed up the Yes campaign, to ensure that the people of Scotland have their own say over all their affairs.

George Adam attended the launch of the campaign at the Fountainbridge cinema in Edinburgh. Speaking on the event George said:

‘I was absolutely delighted to attend the launch of the Yes campaign, and to be one of the first people to sign the Yes Declaration. Having campaigned for the people of Scotland to have total control of their affairs since the age of sixteen, it was an emotional event to think that we now have the chance to offer this to the people of our country.

‘It is obvious to me that we, the people who live in Scotland, are the best placed people to make the decisions which affect our country. Should we have nuclear weapons? How should benefits be distributed? What should we spend the income from our oil resources on? How should we treat our armed forces? These are all questions that we would be able to answer if we were an independent country’.

The Yes Declaration states

“I believe that it is fundamentally better for us all if decisions about Scotland’s future are taken by the people who care most about Scotland, that is, by the people of Scotland.
“Being independent means Scotland’s future will be in Scotland’s hands.
“There is no doubt that Scotland has great potential. We are blessed with talent, resources and creativity. We have the opportunity to make our nation a better place to live, for this and future generations. We can build a greener, fairer and more prosperous society that is stronger and more successful than it is today.
“I want a Scotland that speaks with her own voice and makes her own unique contribution to the world – a Scotland that stands alongside the other nations on these isles, as an independent nation.”


George and the Deputy First Minister visit Accord Hospice

George and Nicola visit Accord Hospice.

George and Nicola visit Accord Hospice.

George and Nicola Sturgeon, the Deputy First Minister visited Accord Hospice today to congratulate all the staff on the 30th anniversary of the hospice.

National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Week

Stacey and her father during MS WeekGeorge recently secured his second members debate, on a subject very close to his heart, Multiple Sclerosis (MS). As many of you will know, George’s wife Stacy suffers from MS, first being diagnosed when she was 16. Stacey has the secondary/ progressive form of the disease and often finds it difficult to undertake small everyday tasks, however on occasion, she can get up and dance with George on a night out. Scotland has the most cases of MS in the world per capita, and while great steps are being taken every day to understand this disease, much has still to be done. That is why debates like that which George secured in the parliament, during National MS week, helps to make people more aware of this disease. George would like to thank all the members who took part in the debate, everyone who supported National MS Week, and also his wife Stacey who made the trip through to Edinburgh for the debate, while this was a long and tiring day for Stacey, she too appreciated all the support people have offered her and everyone else who suffers from this disease.

You can view the dabate by clicking here.


Hugh Murray, St. Mirren Legend, Leaves after 15 Years’ Service

Shuggie in action a few years ago at Love StreetGeorge today lodged a parliamentary motion regarding the sad news that Saints legend, Hugh ‘Shuggie’ Murray, will be leaving the club at the end of the season. The motion has already received good support with MSPs from all over country showing their recognition for the impact Shuggie has had, not only on St. Mirren, but Scottish football as a whole. Good luck for the future Shug, you’ll always be a buddie.


Motion S4M-02645: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/04/2012

That the Parliament warmly congratulates Hugh “Shuggie” Murray on his 15 years of service to the Paisley football team, St Mirren, since his debut against Airdrieonians on 2 August 1997; considers that, in an age where it is rare for a player to stay with one club for any length of time, Shuggie has been a devoted one-club man, with 467 appearances for the Saints to date, which makes him the official record-holder for competitive appearances for the club; notes that he has scored 18 goals, including the goal in 1998 against Stirling Albion, which saved St Mirren from the drop to the second division, making sure that he would always be a Saints’ legend; believes that Shuggie is Saints’ most successful player, winning two first division titles and a Bell’s League Challenge Cup and being capped for Scotland at both U16 and U21 level; acknowledges the work that Shuggie has done in the community and with charities in Paisley and considers that, while he was not born in Paisley, but Bellshill, his years of service on and off the pitch have made him one of Paisley’s favourite adopted sons; regrets that Hugh Murray will leave St Mirren at the end of the current season and move to pastures new, however believes that he will long remain in the hearts and minds of Saints’ fans and is wished every success in his future endeavours.