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 Parliament 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.’