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Linda Jardine of Children 1st , Aileen Campbell MSP

and Mel Young chair of sportscotland at the launch


Children’s safety and wellbeing in sport are being further strengthened in a new approach developed by sportscotland and Children 1st.

The new Standards for Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport build on the current safeguarding system.

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Public Health and Sport, launched the new approach with the two bodies this week.

"Children’s safety and wellbeing of children is a top priority, and we all have a duty to protect them and raise concerns when necessary," she said.

Linda Jardine of national charity Children 1st said: “Volunteer and professional coaches are very often trusted role models for thousands of children in Scotland and can play a crucial role in keeping them safe.

"The Standards place a particular importance on giving children a voice in their sporting organisation. This will help to create a culture where children feel valued and able to speak up and where adults listen and respond to children’s needs."

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SNP MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell has slammed the proposed closures of five local branches of the Royal Bank of Scotland as “outrageous”.


RBS has announced it plans to close the following branches: 

  • Royal Bank of Scotland Carnwath branch on 7th May 2018;
  • Royal Bank of Scotland Douglas Lanarkshire branch on 21st May 2018;
  • Royal Bank of Scotland Biggar branch on 31st  May 2018;
  • Royal Bank of Scotland Lesmahagow branch on 18th June 2018; and
  • Royal Bank of Scotland Strathaven branch on 25th June 2018. 

“This is an outrageous announcement from RBS," said Aileen. "The closure of five branches in Clydesdale would leave the area with only one RBS branch. 

“People across Clydesdale rely on these branches, which are at the heart of our many rural communities, providing lifeline services for many. 

“I will be urgently seeking meetings with RBS to express my feelings about this and to work towards any possible resolution which could keep these vital branches open in Clydesdale”.

Aileen Campbell MSP is encouraging everyone to support their local businesses in the run-up to Christmas - and all year round!!

At the weekend, on Small Business Saturday,  she chose the amazing Biggar Flavour in the town's High Street to pick up some special treats for Christmas. The business has collected national and top industry awards over the years, and is well known for its cakes, bakes, and jams.

"Support your local High Street this Christmas," said Aileen, adding that Biggar should, proportionately, be the most award-winning high street in Scotland with the number of accolades going to local businesses there!!


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 Aileen in award-winner Biggar Flavour in the town's High Street 

SNP MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell is encouraging consumers in Clydesdale to shop locally and support the local economy this Small Business Saturday (2nd December).

Small Business Saturday boosted takings by £717m last year in Scotland, and with research showing that money spent locally is more likely to stay in the local economy, a key aim of this campaign is to encourage lasting, year-round support for small businesses.

There are 9,050 small businesses in South Lanarkshire, employing 46,930 workers.

To mark small business Saturday, Ms Campbell will be visiting popular local bakery Biggar Flavour.

“Small businesses are the backbone of the Clydesdale economy and account for 99% of all businesses across the country, supporting jobs and growth in our communities as well as providing an invaluable service to consumers," said Ms Campbell.

“Since 2009, the SNP Government’s Small Business Bonus Scheme has provided a total of £1.5bn rates relief and last year a £500m growth fund was set up to cope with the new challenges posed by a Tory hard Brexit.

“Clydesdale has a huge variety of brilliant independent shops. Each small business offers something unique and special, and it’s important that we support them in a market that’s increasingly dominated by the big players.

“That’s why I’d suggest kicking off your Christmas shopping this weekend, if you haven’t already, by sampling the delights on your door step and visiting your local businesses this Small Business Saturday and beyond to ensure our local businesses thrive.”

MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell has held her final advice surgery of the 2017 programme. Dates for 2018 will be announced in the new year.

Meantime you can contact her office on 01555 750249 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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