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Local MSP Demands Tory Brexit Climate Clarity

“Unacceptable” To See Environmental Protections Rolled Back

 

Scotland’s progress on climate change risks being rolled back by a Tory Brexit, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, has warned, as Scotland marks its national Climate Week, which runs from 16th September until 23rd September.

 

The opposing approaches of the Scottish and UK governments in the last week were highlighted by George – as a Scottish Government supported world-leading tidal energy project was unveiled days before the Tories approved the costly white elephant Hinkley Point. A Climate Change Committee report also showed that Scotland is leading the UK in cutting carbon emissions, despite Tory cuts to renewables damaging the industry.

 

This has led to George calling on the Tories to match the Scottish Government’s pledge to maintain vital environmental protection measures required under EU law after Brexit – something that is important in safeguarding communities across Paisley from the effects of climate change.george and nicola

 

Commenting, George said:

 

“The Tory government at Westminster are in serious danger of damaging our efforts to tackle climate change and build a sustainable future for Paisley – which is completely unacceptable and light-years away from our efforts in Scotland, marked by the annual national Climate Week.air

 

“Time and time again, the Tories have failed to adapt to the need to develop a more sustainable energy policy that would benefit our local communities in Paisley. From the appointment of Andrea Leadsom, who once asked if climate change was real, to the environment portfolio and harrowing cuts to renewable subsidies, to a willingness to spend billions on nuclear power whilst scraping innovative Carbon Capture and Storage schemes, we can see that their priorities lie elsewhere.

 

“Their record on the environment leaves a lot to be desired – and with an unwanted Brexit now looming over Paisley, I don’t have high hopes for the vital ts protections that the EU provides on animal habitats, air and water pollution and carbon emissions being maintained.

 

“If the increasingly right-wing Tory government had any sense, they would prioritise and strengthen environmental legislation – but given their desire to roll back the decades and cut out the ‘Brussels red-tape’ which provides many vital protections across all areas of public life in Paisley, I can’t say I’ll be holding my breath on that.”

 

Paisley’s MSP Highlights Brexit Economic Risk To Scotland

Scottish Government Research Shows Leaving EU Could Cost Economy £11.2 Billiion A Year

George outside Paisley Abbey

George outside Paisley Abbey

 

George Adam MSP has raised concerns about the economic impact of Brexit to Scotland – after Scottish Government analysis drawing on research from a range of external organisations showed that leaving the EU could cost the Scottish economy as much as £11.2 billion per year by 2030.

 

The figures, which also showed Scotland’s public finances could fall by as much as £3.7 billion per year, are further evidence that in order to protect jobs and livelihoods across Paisley, Scotland’s position in the EU must be maintained. The analysis points to damage to exports, reductions in investment and reduced economic growth as major concerns.

 

Commenting, George said:

 

“This analysis by the Scottish Government makes it perfectly clear why it is absolutely imperative that Scotland’s position in the EU is secured. If not, then it is obvious that jobs, investment and growth will be threatened.

 

“To see that up to £11.2 billion could be lost from Scotland’s economy every year is very worrying indeed – and shows how unbelievably misguided the Tory government’s plans are.

 

“Paisley benefits massively from Scotland’s membership of the European Union, opening up markets and making it easier for businesses to invest in our skilled workforce. This research has shown that the only way to protect the economy of Renfrewshire is for Scotland to protect our relationship with the EU.

 

“The Scottish Government is quite rightly exploring all options in order to keep Scotland in the EU and to ensure that we are not dragged out against our will. It would be intolerable for this to happen, and the Scottish Government analysis shows the deeply damaging impact this would have on jobs, investment and prosperity in Paisley and across Scotland.”

Paisley’s MSP Backs SNP Stimulus In Brexit Aftermath

George Adam has backed the Scottish Government’s commitment to stimulate the economy with new infrastructure funding in the wake of the EU referendum.

 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced an additional £100m of funding in this financial year to speed up the delivery of health and other infrastructure projects – as well as the establishment of a new service to provide information and support to businesses affected by the EU referendum.

 

Projects will be assessed for accelerated funding against a range of criteria including how quickly work can start, the number of jobs that will be supported or created, the likely impact on the supply chain and geographic spread.deputy-first-minister2 (1)

 

George has called on the UK Government to urgently announce its own economic stimulus package, which would enable the Scottish Government to do even more to accelerate capital spending to support communities in Paisley and across Scotland.

 

Commenting, George said:

 

“Nicola Sturgeon has been clear that the Scottish Government will pursue all possible options to protect Scotland’s relationship with the EU.

 

“But in the meantime we must do all we can to ensure that our economy doesn’t suffer, hitting jobs and investment in Paisley and across the country.

 

“It’s up to the UK Government to match the Scottish Government’s ambition and begin fixing this mess of their own making. Theresa May must take meaningful action to alleviate uncertainty and announce a UK wide stimulus, allowing the Scottish Government to do even more to secure jobs in Paisley and beyond.”

George outside Paisley Museum

MSP Supports Child Poverty Consultation

George outside Paisley MuseumScottish Government Setting Framework For Child Poverty Eradication By 2030

 

Paisley’s MSP, has welcomed the Scottish Government’s newly launched consultation on ending child poverty. The consultation comes ahead of the Child Poverty Bill which will be introduced next year and will form part of the overall approach to tackle poverty and inequality in Scotland.

 

The Scottish Government aims to eradicate child poverty – and this consultation asks for comments on the proposals to introduce four statutory income targets seeking to drastically reduce child poverty by 2030, as well as how existing work can be strengthened.

 

These next steps will build on the range of work the Scottish Government already has underway to tackle poverty and inequality, such as the commitment to the Living Wage, free school meals, expansion of funded early learning and childcare, and the Scottish Attainment Challenge.

 

Commenting on the consultation launch, George said:

 

“The launch of this consultation shows that the Scottish Government is taking vital action to tackle poverty and inequality across Scotland.

 

“I am delighted to see the Scottish Government taking this active approach to end the blight of child poverty. Tackling deep-seated inequalities is the job of all society so  we need everyone across local authorities, business, the third sector and those who experience poverty to work together.

 

“The Child Poverty Bill consultation will allow further evidence and ideas to emerge, helping to build on efforts already underway – such as free school meals, a commitment to the Living Wage of £8.25/hour, the Scottish Attainment Challenge and duties to tackle inequalities of educational outcome due to socio-economic disadvantage.

 

“The Scottish Government sees child poverty as a priority – and this Bill consultation shows that the SNP in Government will work hard to end the cycle of poverty in Scotland once and for all.”

George Adam MSP praises support for terminally ill people

George Adam MSP heard about the care available for Paisley residents living with a terminal illness and their families, praising the support provided by Marie Curie, the terminal illness charity.

 

At the meeting with Marie Curie staff on 28 July 2016 Mr Adam discussed his personal support for the charity’s Renfrewshire Fundraising Group and will be completing the group’s annual firewalk again on 30 September. The group fundraises to support local Marie Curie Nurses who work night and day providing hands-on care and vital emotional support enabling families to be cared for and to die at home, where that is their choice and appropriate for them.

 

In 2015/16 in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde 812 patients were supported in 6,756 visits. Across Scotland in 2015/16 the charity provided care and support for more than 8,000 people living with a terminal illness through its hospices in Glasgow and Edinburgh and Nursing Service.

Great Daffodil Appeal Marie Curie

George Adam MSP said:
“ I enjoyed meeting some of the staff from Marie Curie last week at my constituency office.
“ I myself have experienced the effects of a loved one suffering from cancer, unfortunately my mother’s condition deteriorated very quickly and my family were not able to reach out for help from Marie Curie.
“ There are many of my constituents who have had or have been affected by cancer and it is great that we have an organisation in place that stands by them throughout their tough times, I appreciate the hard work done by Marie Curie and I’m happy to support this great organisation.
“Everyone has different charities close to their heart for various reasons and I would encourage more people to offer their support towards these organisations in any way they can.

 

Susan Lowes, Marie Curie Policy & Public Affairs Manager Scotland said: “Mr Adam is very supportive of our local volunteers and we were delighted to share examples with him of the difference that their fundraising helps provide to his constituents. With his work on social security he was also interested to hear our views on funeral poverty and the importance of fast tracked benefits and carers allowance for people living with a terminal illness and their families and carers.”
If you or someone you know is living with a terminal illness and looking for support call the Marie Curie Support Line on 0800 090 2309. If you would like care and support from a Marie Curie Nurse contact your district nurse or GP.

 

Marie Curie – care and support through terminal illness – Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness. The charity helps people living with a terminal illness and their families make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert hands-on care, emotional support, research and guidance. Marie Curie employs more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, and with its nine hospices around the UK, is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.
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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.”

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.”

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 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 backs MND Scotland’s fight to Cure MND.

George - MND AwarenessIn advance of Global MND Awareness Day on 21st June Paisley’s MSP is asking his constituents to help Cure MND.

 

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a rapidly progressing terminal neurological condition which affects the signals from your brain reaching muscles, causing muscle weakness and wasting. It can affect the ability to eat, sleep, walk, talk and breathe unaided. Average life expectancy from diagnosis is just 14 months and it is not yet known what causes it.  There is no effective treatment or cure.

 

Funding MND research is a key priority for MND Scotland and during Awareness Week they will be highlighting what could be achieved with more funding.
Commenting George said:

“MND has affected people across my Constituency. MND Scotland provides care and support to people affected by the illness alongside cutting edge research to try and find a cure.

 

“Scotland is fast becoming one of the go to places to conduct MND research and MND Scotland’s Awareness Week campaign aims to raise £15,000 to invest in to further research projects.

 

“I am delighted to support MND Scotland and their Awareness Week goal of raising more money to invest in this critical research.”

 

MND Scotland Chief Executive Craig Stockton said:

“MND is a rapidly progressing terminal illness with no effective treatment and no cure. During MND Awareness Week 2016 we want to increase public awareness and understanding of MND. Funding for MND Research continues to be a priority for MND Scotland but with additional support we can do more! Text CUREMND to 70660 to donate £5 to MND Scotland.

 

“Join the MND fight today and help us create a world without MND tomorrow.”