Thursday 28 June
I met with Tom Inns the Director of the Glasgow School of Art on Monday to discuss the situation in the aftermath of the fire and to raise concerns regarding access, road closures and the future of the Mack.
I also attended a meeting last Thursday evening with businesses and residents. Understandably people are frustrated and the council are working with the emergency services to ensure the area is made safe.
There is also an information line on 0141 287 0416. You can also access updates on the council website here: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=22939
Gala’s and Festivals
What a fantastic weekend for the closing celebrations of another successful West End Festival.
I started in Queen Margaret Drive at the street party and the atmosphere was amazing and the sun was shining.
The Mela was in full swing in Kelvingrove Park when I arrived and as with previous years it was spectacular featuring some amazing music and delicious food.
It is great to see so many people out and about supporting their local community celebrations.
NHS at 70
With the 70th anniversary of the NHS I took the opportunity to contribute to a debate in the Parliament this week.
The motion celebrated the continuing importance of having a publicly-owned, funded and operated health service, universally available and free at the point of need. It also noted the continuous hard work and contributions of NHS staff throughout the years which has made it possible for the NHS to provide an invaluable and life-changing service through care and treatment that has saved and improved the lives of millions of people across Scotland.
You can read my full speech here: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=11628
It was a pleasure to meet up with representatives from the Our Journey Heritage Project this week in the Scottish Parliament.
Many early South Asian migrants to Scotland are dying, taking their personal histories with them. The project was set up to record many of those memories before they are lost and to celebrate the history and achievements of Scotland`s South Asian community.
Our Journey Heritage Project have collected memories of life in South Asia, experiences of migrating since the 1940’s and adapting to life in Scotland. It also explores the different ways that migration affects personal identity.
The project has documented the changing patterns of life of Scotland’s South Asian community and explored their integration in the community through a multi-faceted approach that included themes of employment, practice of one’s faith, social inclusion, choice of accommodation and areas where early migrants chose to settle.
The project hopes to build an archive of resources to examine this migration through varied media such as storytelling, art, images, sound and videos.
NHS Pay Rise
The Scottish Government announced a significant salary boost for our NHS staff who care for us day in day out both here in Glasgow and across the country.
Over 148,000 NHS Scotland staff will be offered a minimum 9% pay rise over the next three years – the highest NHS pay uplift being offered in the whole of the UK.
This follows the First Minister’s announcement that NHS Agenda for Change employees would receive a 3% pay increase in next month’s pay packet and backdated to the beginning of the year.
Relative to staff in England, NHS Scotland nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and paramedics, amongst others, will receive a minimum cumulative uplift of 9%, and those earning £80,000 and over will receive a flat rate increase of £1,600 a year. The changes will be agreed between NHS employers, unions and the Scottish Government by the end of the year.
Not only is the Scottish Government bringing NHS Scotland staffing to historically high levels – we are making sure that our healthcare professionals are getting the best pay deal in the whole of the UK and making our NHS a more attractive place to work.
As the works on the Queen Street Station Development continues I took the opportunity to have a tour of the site and to meet some of the team responsible for the station’s £120m transformation and take a closer look at the demolition activity that is set to complete in the coming months.
It was really fascinating to see the project first hand and to view progress on the ongoing demolition work that will clear space for the redesigned station. In particular, I was pleased by the number of women who are working as part of Network Rail’s project team to deliver this significant investment in Glasgow.
Historically the railway has been a male dominated industry but it’s important that we continue to break this stereotype and promote the range of opportunities that are available to everyone in the science, technology and engineering sectors – regardless of gender or background.
I’m delighted to be championing the Kingfisher as part of the RSPB Species Champion campaign. I chose this bird because we are lucky enough to have some of them in Kelvin and I’ve put out a call to schools across the constituency for pupils to spot the Kelvin Kingfisher.
Kingfishers are small unmistakable bright blue and orange birds of slow moving or still water. They fly rapidly, low over water, and hunt fish from riverside perches, occasionally hovering above the water’s surface. They are vulnerable to hard winters and habitat degradation through pollution or unsympathetic management of watercourses.
Kingfishers are amber listed because of their unfavourable conservation status in Europe. They are also listed as a Schedule 1 species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act offering them additional protection.
What can you do….
|Keep Glasgow’s water clean
Invite friends and family on a nature walk
Note down when you spot a Kingfisher
Give nature a home
Find out an interesting Kingfisher fact
Investigate the threats the Kingfisher faces
Start a local Kingfisher group
Help raise awareness on social media
Eat sustainable food when possible
Reduce, reuse, recycle!
PLEASE NOTE DUE TO THE PARLIAMENTARY RECESS THE NEXT EBRIEF WILL BE ISSUED WEEK BEGINNING 3 SEPTEMBER