SNP MSP for Clydesdale, Aileen Campbell has welcomed the Scottish Government’s plan to build growth across all areas of rural Scotland in the Programme for Government – showing the SNP’s commitment to serving communities and delivering policies which are important to people across all of Scotland.


The Programme for Government highlights the importance of Scotland’s rural economy to the SNP – with action planned in 2016-17 on a wide range of areas, including:
• Holding a series of summits with key sectors to explore how best to deliver sustainable growth and jobs in rural and island communities;
• Development of a Scottish Rural Infrastructure Plan to better co-ordinate expenditure and investment in the rural economy;
• Develop the national food and drink campus and set out how £5m investment will support island and regional food and drink;
• Continuing funding for the Scottish Rural Development Programme and lobbying the UK government to provide clarity and certainty for £350m under threat following Brexit;
• Stepping up efforts to repatriate red meat levy income and the shellfish levy;
• Commitment to 100% broadband coverage and addressing gaps in 4G coverage across Scotland;
• Maintaining the 50% air scheme discount to keep air services affordable for remote rural communities;
• Transfer of Crown Estate management, assets and revenues to maximise economic opportunities in our coastal and rural communities;
• Introduction of bill to reflect the unique needs of Scotland’s islands;
• Introduction of a Forestry Bill to complete the devolution of Forestry policy and help deliver ambitious planting targets;
• Promotion of sustainable wild fisheries with development of a new bill;
• Activity to better address wildlife crime;
• Delivery of Scotland’s first ever flood risk strategies and management plans for river;
• Implementation of the Agricultural Holding provisions in the Land Reform Act to create a thriving tenanted sector;
• Working to ensure that Scottish quota is retained by active Scottish fishermen through a new UK Fisheries Concordat.
The range of action proves the SNP’s commitment to rural Scotland, in stark contrast with the Tories irresponsible approach at Westminster in putting vital EU funding and support at risk with Brexit.
Commenting, Aileen said:


“The Programme for Government set out plans to to keep Scotland moving forward toward a fairer, more prosperous country.


“The Scottish Government will be taking forward action on fisheries, land reform, forestry, crofting, farming, food and drink, broadband and 4G, wildlife, the Crown Estate and our islands. This is a comprehensive package of support and reform that will build growth for all areas of rural Scotland while continuing the process of making Scotland a better place to live.


“I’m pleased to see significant investment to help grow our rural economies – something which is particularly important here in Clydesdale. Plans to improve connectivity, business support, infrastructure, rural industries and public services displays a strong commitment to make all of Scotland a better place to live.


“In this challenging time following the EU referendum, it’s reassuring to see that the SNP is standing up for rural Scotland.”



SNP MSP for Clydesdale, Aileen Campbell,has backed the Scottish Government’s Rural Secretary Fergus Ewing in calling for EU funding guarantees to be extended by the UK government in the aftermath of the Brexit vote.

The call for extension comes after the UK government only guaranteed certain levels of expenditure over a certain time period – with the Scottish Government calling for this funding to be extended to cover at least £300 million of CAP Pillar 2 funding and £60 million of EMFF funding. There is considerable doubt that this will be able to be agreed by the Autumn Statement for commitments running to 2020.


Commenting, Ms Campbell said:


“European Union funding is vital to our rural communities and rural economy as a whole – and it is imperative that the UK government commits to maintaining current levels of investment that are under threat following Brexit.


“The subsidies help to support farmers across Clydesdale as well as boosting our rural economies as a whole by helping to create and sustain jobs in the area. The guarantees the UK government have made so far have removed some uncertainty, but they by no means go far enough.


“I am backing the Scottish Government’s call for Westminster to go further in its commitment and to guarantee the £360 million of funding that remains uncertain. The funding is vital for our rural communities in Clydesdale and the Tory government must provide them with the clarity and certainty that rural Scotland desperately needs.”


SNP MSP for Clydesdale, Aileen Campbell, and SNP MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow, Dr Lisa Cameron, will be holding a joint advice surgery tour around Avondale on Thursday 1st September.


Ms Campbell and Dr Cameron will be holding surgeries throughout the day and will include the following times:


Drumclog Parish Church: 10-11am

Sandford Village Hall: 11:30am-12:30pm

Glassford, The Steayban: 13:00-14:00

Chapelton Village Hall: 14:30-15:30

Auldhouse, Auldhouse Arms: 16:00-17:00


Commenting, Ms Campbell said:


“Our joint surgery day is a chance for both myself and Lisa Cameron to meet with constituents across Avondale. We will be holding five surgeries across the area, and encourage anyone who has an issue or concern you would like either or us to assist with to attend.”



SNP MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell visited the regular ‘Tuesday Teas’ at Crawford village hall on Tuesday 9th August to hear more about the on-going ambitions of the Crawford Improvement Group and to catch up with constituents who attend the popular gathering.


The MSP met organiser, Marjory MacArthur who has been running the Tea on Tuesday events and heard about the ways in which she hopes this can further galvanise the community and bring more people together in order to provide a meeting place, do crafts or other pursuits. Aileen also met with Community Council chair, Bill Lindsay to hear about the wider plans to improve Crawford.


Commenting, Ms Campbell said:


“It was a pleasure to join the Crawford Improvement Group for their weekly Tuesday coffee morning. Groups such as these provide a great benefit to the community and are doing terrific work to bring people in the local area together to help develop new initiatives in the village. The commitment and dedication that Marjory and her team have to provide a place for people to meet, chat and share stories and skills is fantastic and their efforts deserve to be congratulated. So too do the efforts of the local community council for their work to bring about improvements to the village and to continue to be ambitious for their community.


“I look forward to attending again and would thoroughly recommend to anyone living nearby that they drop by on a Tuesday and get themselves a cuppa and a blether!”

SNP MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell has called on constituents to take the potentially life-saving bowel screening test this month – part of a nationwide drive to encourage people to return their test as soon as they receive it.


The Scottish Government drive comes as latest figures have shown that, on average, 43,500 bowel screening tests have been returned in August, but some people are still delaying doing their test as this is 8,500 fewer than the average for October.


All adults aged 50-74 are invited to take part in bowel screening every two years in Scotland. The test remains the best way of finding bowel cancer early, when survival is 14 times more likely. The number of participants between November 2013 and October 2015 was over one million.


Commenting, Ms Campbell said:


“The bowel screening test is the best way to catch bowel cancer early. I urge all constituents who have been sent a test to do it as soon as they receive it – with it being 14 times more likely to survive bowel cancer when it is caught early.


“Over a million people completed the test between November 2013 and October 2015, which is an uptake of 57.5%. Whilst this is positive, the Scottish Government will always work to try and secure greater and earlier uptake, to ensure we find even more cancers as early as possible.


“Returning the test early really could be a lifesaver.”



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