Aileen Campbell, MSP for Clydesdale is putting her trainers on to take part in Carluke on the Run.
Carluke on the Run is a 10k race taking place on Sunday 21st May 2017. Runners, joggers and walkers can tackle the 10k route themselves or split it up as part of relay teams of two. The race starts and finishes at the John Cumming Stadium. Carluke Development Trust is organising the race as the official charity partner of 'Beatson Cancer Charity'. The fundraising from this event will directly benefit the new Lanarkshire Beatson which opened its doors in December 2015.
The Lanarkshire Beatson is a satellite facility for the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre and is equipped with advanced technology to deliver the same world-class treatment provided at the Glasgow centre. The new £22 million satellite radiotherapy centre, which was funded by the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorate, includes two state-of-the-art linear accelerators. This enables around 80 patient treatments a day for people who require radiotherapy for lung, breast, prostate and rectal cancers. The centre also has a CT simulator to help plan radiotherapy treatment.
Commenting, Aileen said:
“I’m excited to put my trainers on to support the town and the brilliant work at Lanarkshire Beatson.
“Carluke on the Run is a fantastic community event open to runners, joggers and walkers of all fitness levels. As someone new to jogging, I’m teaming up with my friend Margaret-Ann Todd from Law to do the 5k relay. This fun-run offers a fantastic chance to get active and is open to all abilities.
“There’s still plenty of time to sign up for the race and get active – it’s a great chance to achieve fitness goals or have a fun day out with family and friends.
“Well done to organisers at the Development Trust who have made this opportunity for the community and also put Carluke on the running map.”
Tom Sneddon from Carluke Development Trust added:
“This event has grown and grown over the years and it is great to see people sign up to take part. I would encourage everyone to consider it – they can walk or jog the 10k or 5k routes and everyone who completes the course will get a bespoke medal to recognise their achievement.
“So do sign-up and take part in an event that supports our town, and also supports a fantastic charity – visit our facebook page for more info.”
SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT BACKS GIVING SCOTLAND CHOICE OVER FUTURE
SNP MSP for Clydesdale, Aileen Campbell has said that the will of Scotland’s parliament must be respected by the UK government – after MSPs backed the Scottish Government’s plans to hold a referendum on independence after the terms of Brexit have become clear, but before it is too late for Scotland to choose a different future.
Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU last June, with 63.1% of voters in South Lanarkshire voting to Remain. Yesterday, the Scottish Parliament pledged its support to giving the people of Scotland the right to choose between either a damaging Tory hard Brexit or Scottish independence.
Commenting, Aileen said:
“The Scottish Parliament has voted in favour of holding an independence referendum, once the terms of Brexit are clear, to give people in Scotland a choice over their future. It is would be undemocratic, indefensible and completely unsustainable for the Tory government at Westminster to ignore the will of the Parliament and block a referendum.
“The Scottish Government has a cast-iron democratic mandate to bring forward a referendum on independence, giving the people of Scotland the right to choose a different future from the hard Brexit that the Tories are intent on delivering. The First Minister has set out a clear, fair timescale for a future vote – and it is up to the UK government to engage with the Scottish Government over this timing.
“The lack of respect afforded by the UK government to the Scottish Government’s compromise proposals sets a worrying precedent – and triggering Article 50 before securing the promised a UK-wide agreement proves that the Tory government has no interest in working with the other administrations across the UK.
“The Tories must not ride roughshod over the will of Scotland’s Parliament and drag Scotland out of the European single market against our will. To do so would be completely ignoring South Lanarkshire’s overwhelming vote to remain as part of the EU.
“The Scottish Government is committed to standing up for Scotland’s interests and giving the people of Scotland a choice on this country’s future. Anything else would be simply undemocratic, and the Tories will rue the day that they stood in the way of giving the people a choice over their future.”
SNP MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell next week, Monday 27th March, will host a Rural Q&A event for farmers and those involved with the rural economy in Clydesdale. The event will be headlined by Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing, who will answer questions and issues of concern from the audience.
Commenting, Ms Campbell said;
“As the MSP for this rural constituency, I am always keen to hear the thoughts, concerns and suggestions from those working in our rural economy. I am therefore delighted to be welcoming Fergus Ewing to Lanark to speak directly with my constituents.
“I welcomed the support for the Scottish Government expressed by NFU Scotland last year and its commitment to supporting the work of our rural economy. The Scottish Government has been working hard to help farmers and the rural economy across Scotland. Our food and drink exports are at a record high and there is much to be positive about. There is also great challenge which is why this opportunity to engage with the government is so important."
SNP MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell has welcomed the plan set out today (Monday 13th March) by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to offer the people of Scotland a choice between a hard Brexit and becoming an independent country.
The Scottish Government is to seek parliamentary approval to begin discussions with the UK Government to enable an independence referendum to take place. The First Minister proposed that the referendum take place between the autumn of 2018 and the spring of 2019, when the shape of the UK’s Brexit deal will become clear.
Welcoming the plan, Ms Campbell said;
“As the First Minister rightly said, Scotland stands at a hugely important crossroads. All efforts by the Scottish Government to find a compromise for Scotland with the UK Government during the Brexit process have been met with a “brick wall of intransigence”.
“If the UK Government can ignore Scotland’s voice on a matter as important as leaving the European Union, then the idea that we are equal partners in the UK has been completely demolished.
“It is therefore right and proper that the Scottish Government now take the necessary steps to stand up for Scotland’s interests and ensure that the Scottish people will have a choice at the end of this process – a choice between a hard brexit in the UK or to become an independent country able to secure a real partnership of equals with the rest of the UK and our own relationship with Europe.”
MANY MAY BE MISSING OUT ON ENTITLEMENT
SNP MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell, has called on constituents to claim the benefits that they are entitled to, following the launch of a Scottish Government awareness campaign.
Throughout Scotland, it was estimated that there were over 500,000 cases of individuals or families not claiming the tax credits and other main income-related benefits they were entitled to in 2014-15 – and the campaign seeks to correct this by raising awareness through a week of radio and press adverts.
Commenting, Aileen said:
“It is vitally important that families and individuals get the support that they are entitled to and the support that they need – and I encourage everyone across Clydesdale to check what support that can receive through the social security system.
“The initiative has the backing of a number of key social security organisations, including Citizens Advice Scotland, One Parent Families Scotland and Age Scotland – and CAS are working closely with the Scottish Government in providing a dedicated web page that supplies all information on benefits and tax credits.
“People throughout Clydesdale might be missing out on a whole range of benefits that they are entitled too – causing their existing income to become increasingly stretched and leaving many in financial difficulty. By raising awareness that there is a whole range of benefits that people can claim, we can help to alleviate the difficulties that many people face on a day to day basis.
“I encourage all local people across Clydesdale to use the resources available and to check what benefits that they are entitled to – and to make use of the services available through the Scottish Government and third sector to ensure that they aren’t missing out on financial support.
“The Scottish Government is committed to putting dignity and respect at the heart of social security policy in Scotland, and this campaign is a step in the right direction towards doing that.”