Every month I send out my parliamentary newsletter to hundreds of subscribers to my mailing list. This is meant as a round up of some of my activities over the previous month and to highlight issues and campaigns that might be of interest to constituents in Glasgow South West. You can view the August edition of my newsletter, and subscribe to future editions, by clicking here. Below are some of the highlights from my August newsletter.
I wrote to the Prime Minister asking for clarification on the future of the type-26 frigates being built on the Clyde. The former Prime Minister stood in Govan shipyard in February 2015 and promised the workforce and community that these ships would be built on the Clyde, securing hundreds of jobs in the yards now, and providing a future for hundreds of young people looking for apprenticeships. The delays now being seen from the Ministry of Defence are utterly unacceptable and leading to uncertainty. We have even learned last week that the guns have been ordered for these frigates, while the workforce have yet to hear a start date for work to begin. You can read my article on these delays at the STV website.
Glasgow needs action from the UK Government – not more mealy-mouthed words. The people of Govan and Scotstoun deserve nothing less.
The Co-operative Economy
I was pleased to take part in the parliamentary debate on the role of co-operatives in the economy. Co-operatives contribute over £34 billion to the UK economy, and pay more tax to the exchequer than Amazon, Facebook, Apple, eBay and Starbucks combined. Worker participation and co-ownership offers a progressive model for the future. You can view the video of my contribution to the debate here.
The vandalism and destruction perpetrated by mindless thugs at Gowanbank Primary and St Monica’s Primary is shocking. My colleague Cllr David McDonald hosted a public meeting last week alongside Police Scotland and Community Safety Glasgow to discuss ways to tackle this kind of anti-social behaviour. Over 150 local residents attended, with a great number of initiatives and plans to take forward in the future. I hope and expect firm action to be taken against those responsible for this criminal activity once they are identified and prosecuted.
Get the facts on scams
The consumer organisation Which? have been kind enough to supply my office with copies of their guide “Safeguard yourself from scams”. This is packed with helpful advice on how to stay safe from crooks and fraudsters. If you want a copy for yourself or a neighbour, or are from an organisation wanting copies in bulk, get in touch with my office and we’ll get them out to you.