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Saved - Biggar Branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

I welcome the announcement from Royal Bank of Scotland today that its Biggar branch is to remain open, but I am disappointed that it will be proceeding with the closure of its Douglas branch.

The announcement follows the publication of recommendations from the independent review by Johnston Carmichael who were tasked into looking again at RBS’s decision to close certain branches. I was among those who made representations to the review.

Biggar and Douglas had a temporary reprieve while this review took place, and the review has recommended that Biggar should remain open.

The announcement that Biggar RBS branch is to remain open is one I welcome. It is only one of two branches to have its closure permanently reversed – and that is testament to the community determination to keep this essential facility for rural Clydesdale open.

The community was called upon to ‘use it or lose it’ – and the strength of the town’s effort has made the difference to keep the branch open.

However, this announcement is also tinged with the disappointment that RBS is to proceed with the closure of its Douglas branch.

I will be seeking to ensure that access to essential banking facilities remain within reach of customers in the Douglas area and that the recommendation made by the review, that RBS should enhance the quality and accessibility of alternative banking facilities, is matched by tangible results on the ground.




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One of the signs which went up this month.

Have you seen the new road signs erected this month on the main roads on the way into Carluke?

Their message, Carluke a Town Called Courage, commemorates the fact that no fewer than three of her sons won the Victoria Cross.

William Angus and Thomas Caldwell were awarded their VCs in the First World War, and Donald Cameron received his in the second.

The signs have been gifted to the town by Scottish businessman Sir Angus Grossart, who was brought up in Carluke, and whose grandfather Thomas Grossart addressed the townspeople when the Armistice was declared almost a century ago on November 11 1918, hoping the nation would never forget the bravery of those who had served.

I was delighted to help Angus Grossart with this commemoration of these brave men.

Corporal William Angus was a professional football player at Carluke FC in his younger days, and played for Wishaw when war was declared. He was serving with the 8th Royal Scots in France in June 1915 when he left his trench and travelled under fire through no-man’s land, to rescue an injured officer, fellow Carluke man Lieutenant James Martin. Corporal Angus received some 40 wounds, including the loss of his left eye. He returned to a hero’s welcome in Carluke, where he started a business as a goods carrier after the war.

Thomas Caldwell was a sergeant in the 12th (Ayr and Lanark Yeomanry) Battalion, the Royal Scots Fusiliers, when under intense fire he rushed forward and single-handedly captured an enemy position at a farm in Belgium, leading to his section capturing machine guns and a trench mortar as well as prisoners.

Donald Cameron served in the Merchant Navy but in September 1943 was a lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve commanding a Midget submarine when he with another lieutenant carried out a daring attack on the German battleship Tirpitz at its anchorage in a Norwegian Fjord, penetrating an enemy minefield, placing charges and putting the battleship out of action for months.

Three streets in Carluke were named after the VC recipients, and a stone in the Market Place recognises their heroism. Now the Town called Courage signs welcome visitors on the main approaches to Carluke, and, remind local people of the amazing courage shown by those who inhabited this little town in the darkest days of our history.

My upcoming surgeries for October, November and December 2018 are: - Monday 1st October / Monday 5th November / Monday 3rd December - Biggar Gillespie Centre: 10am to 11am - Lanark Tesco: 12pm to 1pm - Carluke Constituency Office: 4:30pm to 6pm - Monday 22nd October / Monday 19th November - Lesmahagow Tesco: 1pm to 2pm - Strathaven Taylors Café: 2:30pm to 3:30pm - Kirkmuirhill Thornton Road Centre: 4pm to 4:45pm All of my surgeries are free to attend with no appointment necessary. Contact my office if you have any questions about my surgeries or if you have an urgent issue on 01555 750 249 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Plans will see diesel and petrol cars and vans phased out.


This year’s SNP Programme for Government will help contribute to a successful and vibrant Clydesdale, driving progress in health, social security, the environment and the economy.

Clydesdale will benefit from ambitious action in a wide range of areas throughout 2018-19, including:

• Empowering head teachers to lead improvements to their schools with more power over their own budgets; developing ways for parents and pupils to ensure their voices are heard in decision-making; giving £10m to schools and councils to work together across regions; continuing to support teacher recruitment; and investing £33 million over three years to help children in care with education.
• A National Export plan ‘A Trading Nation’, backed by £20m, will boost the value of Scottish exports, help Scottish companies succeed in emerging markets, and provide additional help to those considering overseas trade.
• The National Infrastructure Mission, the most ambitious infrastructure spending plans yet, will invest £1.5 billion more infrastructure each year by 2025-26, including for faster broadband, improved transport and more low-carbon energy.
• £250m will be invested to reform the way we treat mental health in children and adults - delivering 430 new school, college and university counsellors, and fast-track specialist treatment systems for those with serious mental illness.
• A new Scottish Social Security System with dignity and respect at its heart will deliver 11 benefits, including the first Best Start Grant payments for low income families with young children by Christmas, 6 months earlier than planned; a 13% increase in the Carers’ Allowance – an extra £442 per person this year – as well as funeral expense assistance.
• New legislation to introduce a Scottish National Investment Bank.
• A major package of reforms in the justice system – with a new support system for victims, witnesses and families of those affected by crime, including a dedicated case worker for families of murder victims, improved information and support about prisoner release, as well as support for engagement between victims and offenders to help the victim and to prevent reoffending.
• £1bn investment a year including funding for low carbon transport solutions and to phase out new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032 – creating at least 20 electric towns across Scotland by 2025; adding 1500 new charge points in homes, businesses, and in public; investing £20 million to help people switch to electric vehicles; adding more than 1500 new ultra low emission vehicles to public sector fleets; and investing £1.7 million to add over 100 green buses.

The SNP’s plan for Scotland signals a major boost for jobs and the economy in Clydesdale, including an additional £7 billion infrastructure investment in schools, hospitals, transport and digital connectivity over the next five years.

With Scottish exports up 12% - the fastest growth in the UK – a £20m National Exports Plan this year will ensure Clydesdale’s businesses, particularly our farming and agricultural sectors, thrive in the face of the Tories’ damaging hard Brexit plans.

Despite Brexit, we will ensure Scotland remains an attractive place to live and work, and provide advice and support for those EU citizens already living in Clydesdale who are dealing with the Tory government’s unfair plans to charge them for the right to live and work here.

And our global climate change ambition will continue to be matched by realistic action, with £1billion funding in low carbon and public transport over the next year.

These bold and ambitious plans for the year ahead are just some of the reasons why the SNP is the second biggest party in the whole of the UK.





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Aileen Campbell MSP, Kirkton Chambers, 12 Kirkton Street, Carluke ML8 4AB • 01555 750 249 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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