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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 Launches Campaign

Many new members of the SNP gathered with members of the public to launch the campaign for George Adam to be elected as Paisley’s member of the Scottish IMG_0984Parliament on Friday.  There was a festival atmosphere at the event and George was pleased that Derek Mackay MSP (Minister for Transport and the Islands), Mike Russell MSP, Mhairi Black MP and Gavin Newlands MP were also able to attend the event at St Peter’s in Glenburn with music from local band Clyde.  George was elected to the Scottish Parliament as the first MSP to represent Paisley as a whole.  Previously the town had been split in two covering other areas in Renfrewshire.

 

Speaking on the event George said;

 

‘It is a privilege to represent my home town at the parliament.  For me there is no better job than to represent the people of Paisley in every way I can.

 

‘Everyone faces challenges and some tough times in their life and to be able to help is one of the best aspects of my job.  There is another aspect to the job that I will continue to tackle.  Our town has been used as a political football for years now.  There are great aspects to this town along with people who want the best for Paisley.  For too long the town has been talked down.  I see the good things happening here and I will continue to promote the positive Paisley that I and many others see.  It is the only way that you encourage people and businesses to come to Paisley and being Paisley’s MSP gives me the ideal opportunity highlight the good work going on here.

 

‘I am delighted to have been reselected to stand in Paisley and I look forward to the campaign.

 

Mike Russell MSP, former Cabinet secretary for education had this to say about George on the night;

 

‘George Adam is a first class MSP who stands up for the people of Paisley with flair, ability and determination.  He is also a very effective support for the Education Secretary , acting as her Parliamentary Liaison Officer and helping to make education a priority for the Scottish Government and he did that wonderfully well for me as well.

 

‘George understands , as a former councillor in Paisley, how important party unity is to effective delivery of services He helps the SNP group in the Parliament to understand that issue and to fulfil its promises .

 

‘I greatly value George’s friendship and support in the Parliament and I am delighted to come to Paisley. To speak in his support and kick start his campaign for re-election.’