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Gavin Newlands reaffirms commitment to WASPI women

Gavin Newlands, SNP Candidate for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has pledged his continued support to help those women affected by the UK Government’s changes to their State Pension.

Since 2015, Mr Newlands has been supporting the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaigners who have been affected by UK Government changes to their State Pension.

John Major’s 1995 government passed a State Pensions Act that saw both men and women’s state pension age rise to 65 by 2020, while the Coalition Government’s 2011 Act brought forward the changes to 2018 and raised the state pension age to 66 by October 2020.

These changes, that saw the state pension equalised for both men and women, had a particular impact on women born in the 1950s as many of them have had their state pension age increased twice, the second time with little warning.

About 2.6 million women across the UK have been affected by the changes to the State Pension. In Renfrewshire, according to the independent House of Commons Library, around 8,130 women are directly affected by the 2011 Pensions Act alone.

Gavin Newlands, SNP Candidate for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“At every step of the way I have supported the 2.6 million women – including over 8,000 in Renfrewshire – who have been affected by the changes that the UK Government made to their State Pension.

“It’s vitally important that we continue to put pressure on the Tory UK Government to ensure that we achieve the best outcome for these women, many of whom have worked hard for decades without taking a penny out of the system.

“If re-elected, I will continue to take the fight to the Tories to ensure that they finally start to the voices of all the WASPI women.  They should correct their mistakes, honour their commitment to the WASPI women and provide relief and dignity in retirement for the millions of women who have been affected.

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Gavin Newlands joins The Great Get Together in honour of Jo Cox

Gavin Newlands, SNP Candidate for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, took some time out from campaigning to take part in the Jo Cox Foundation’s ‘The Great Get Together’.

Gavin Newlands, Councillor Jim Paterson with volunteers from Our Place, Our Families

Mr Newlands and Councillor Jim Paterson visited Our Place, Our Families in Renfrew to learn more about their work to bring communities together, including taking part in cookery classes.

Jo Cox MP was tragically murdered last year and The Great Get Together is a community event that was held throughout the UK on the weekend of the 16-18 June to mark the anniversary of Jo’s death.

Gavin Newlands, SNP Candidate for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“I can’t quite believe that it’s been a year since Jo Cox was tragically murdered in her constituency as she carried out her parliamentary duties. Jo was a committed parliamentarian who strived to bring communities together.

“The Great Get Together is a fantastic initiative which has been set-up in honour of Jo’s commitment to bring communities together.

“I was delighted to visit ‘Our Place, Our Families’ to learn more about their recent work to support the local community. ‘Our Place, Our Families’ do fantastic work to support families and individuals – their work epitomises the positive legacy of Jo Cox.

“We can all get caught up in the heat and pressure of an election campaign. The legacy of Jo Cox reminds us all that we all have more in common that what divides us.”

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Gavin Newlands commits to supporting the Daily Mile in Renfrewshire schools

Gavin Newlands, SNP candidate for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has outlined his continued support for the Daily Mile challenge. The Daily Mile helps improve the health of youngsters by encouraging them to walk a mile each day. So far the Daily Mile has seen over 180,000 children in over 1,000 primary schools across Scotland taking part in the initiative which encourages children to walk or run a mile each day.

The Daily Mile concept was developed at St Ninian’s primary school in Stirling five years ago and has since been successfully introduced in the rest of the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands. Encouraging children to get at least 15 minutes of exercise a day improves their physical, emotional and social health, and helps to fight childhood obesity.

Mr Newlands is the SNP Westminster Spokesperson for Sport and has spoken on several occasions on the power of sport to transform lives.  He is committed to supporting the Daily Mile challenge and introducing it to more pupils in Renfrewshire, if re-elected on June 8th. Information from Renfrewshire Council shows that only 20 out of 43 primary schools in Renfrewshire provide children with the opportunity to take part in the Daily Mile.

Included in the SNP’s manifesto for the council elections in Renfrewshire was a commitment to work with schools and parents to increase the update of the Daily Mile challenge for school children in the local area.

Gavin Newlands said:

“It is a fantastic achievement that over 1,000 primary schools across Scotland have recognised the benefits of the Daily Mile challenge – a great example of innovation in Scottish education that has gained international acclaim.

“I am delighted that several primary schools and nurseries in Renfrewshire are already taking part in the initiative and nearly 4,000 pupils have already benefitted from it. However, more can be done to ensure more Renfrewshire children are involved in the Daily Mile challenge.

“I firmly believe that all Primary Schools should be participating in this great programme. Not only is there a wealth of positive benefits in the short-term – the Daily Mile challenge also encourages children to pick up healthy habits that will hopefully stay with them for life.

“I truly believe that doing sport can provide multiple benefits to people’s physical and mental health and I hope every child will soon have the opportunity to take part in this initiative. If re-elected on June 8th, I will keep working on giving every child in Renfrewshire the chance to take part in the Daily Mile challenge.”

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UK Parliamentary Election candidates for the Paisley and Renfrewshire North, and Paisley and Renfrewshire South constituencies

The candidates standing in the UK general election on 8 June for the Paisley and Renfrewshire North, and Paisley and Renfrewshire South constituencies, have been declared.

 

Paisley and Renfrewshire North constituency

John Robert Boyd, Scottish Liberal Democrats

David John Gardiner, Scottish Conservative and Unionist

Gavin Andrew Stuart Newlands, Scottish National Party (SNP)

Alison Suzanne Watt Taylor, Scottish Labour Party

 

Paisley and Renfrewshire South constituency

Mhairi Black, Scottish National Party (SNP)

Alison Jean Dowling, Scottish Labour Party

Paul Mack, Independent

Eileen McCartin, Scottish Liberal Democrats

Amy Louise Thomson, Scottish Conservative and Unionist

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Gavin Newlands MP tucks into a Christian Aid ‘Big Brekkie’ in solidarity with refugees

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has tucked in at a Christian Aid Big Brekkie event in Parliament, to show his support for Christian Aid Week (14-20 May 2017, caweek.org), which is raising money for refugees fleeing conflict around the world.

Gavin Newlands MP holding the Big Brekkie sign in Parliament

As Christian Aid marks 60 years of Christian Aid Week, the organisation is inviting people to join them in a Big Brekkie breakfast to stand in solidarity with refugees around the world. The charity has been working with refugees since the Second World War, and is not turning its back now.

Today, tens of millions of people across the globe are forced from their homes due to war, conflict and disaster.  Many make life-threatening dangerous journeys in search of a safe place to call home

While the majority of today’s refugees continue to seek sanctuary in poor countries, in 2015 more than one million refugees crossed into Europe.  With borders across the continent now closed to refugees, thousands are stranded – and in need of urgent help.

Nejebar, from Afghanistan, fled her homeland after the Taliban announced they would kill anyone who worked for the government, like her husband Noor.  They eventually sought refuge in Greece with their children, after a treacherous journey across the Mediterranean in a small rubber dinghy.  The young family have left their home, family and friends behind, and now reside in a small tent, with no certainty on their future, especially that of their children.

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“I was pleased to meet with Christian Aid this week, to hear about the great work that is being done in Paisley and Renfrewshire North and across the country to help refugees at this important time. For millions of people around the world displaced from their homes, Christian Aid’s work provides vital support. I encourage my constituents to get involved in Christian Aid Week events in Paisley and Renfrewshire North where they can.”

Simon Kirkland, Christian Aid’s UK Parliamentary and Political Adviser, said:

“We are really grateful for Gavin Newlands’s support for Christian Aid’s important fundraising events in Paisley and Renfrewshire North. Everyone can do something to help this Christian Aid Week, whether it’s attending a local event, giving money or praying for the world’s many refugees at this difficult time. Thank you to everyone who is able to take part in this year’s Christian Aid Week.”

 

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Paisley’s Beer and Food Festival recognised in Parliament

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has submitted an Early Day Motion to the UK Parliament to recognise the success of the most recent Paisley Beer and Food Festival.

The 30th anniversary of the Paisley Beer Festival took place from the 19th to the 22nd of April in the Paisley Town Hall and was held in conjunction with the Paisley Food Festival.

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“Over the past 30 years, the Paisley Beer Festival has gone from strength to strength, with the most recent one proving once again how successful this event is for locals and to those who visit Paisley to sample beers from across Scotland and the rest of the UK. As a regular attendee of this annual festival, I know how great an event it is for the town.

“Last Saturday, our annual Beer Festival was held alongside the food festival, allowing locals to try a variety of foods from all over the world and to see cooking demonstrations from top chefs.

“As we take forward our bid to be named UK City of Culture in 2021, the Paisley Beer and Food Festival highlights once again the very best that our town has to offer.”

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Gavin Newlands MP pledges to help charity raise awareness of screening in Paisley and Renfrewshire North during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in April

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Gavin Newlands MP pledges to help charity raise awareness of screening in Paisley and Renfrewshire North during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in April.

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Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North is supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s campaign to urge more people to take part in bowel cancer screening and save lives, as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in April.

More than 1,500 people die from bowel cancer in Scotland every year, and it’s the country’s second biggest cancer killer.  However, it shouldn’t be. It’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

Bowel cancer screening can save lives but at the moment in some areas of the country only half of those who receive a test complete it. Thousands of people are missing out on the chance to detect bowel cancer early when it is easier to treat.

Gavin Newlands MP said, “As the local MP, I am committed to improving uptake rates for bowel cancer screening, both locally and nationally. I would urge my constituents who are sent a bowel screening test to use it.  Taking part in bowel cancer screening is the best way to get diagnosed early.  If you are over 50, take the test when you receive it in the post. If you are younger, tell the people over 50 in your life to take the test. Early diagnosis really can save lives.”

Deborah Alsina, Chief Executive of Bowel Cancer UK, said, “I’d like to thank Gavin Newlands for supporting our campaign during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month to raise participation levels for bowel cancer screening. In Scotland, one in 15 men and one in 19 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime but it is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.”

The Scotland Bowel Cancer Screening Programme can detect bowel cancer at an early stage in people with no symptoms when it is easier to treat. If you’re registered with a GP and aged 50-74, you will receive a test in the post every two years. You carry out the simple test at home in private and it comes with step by step instructions. The test looks for hidden blood in your poo, which could be an early sign of bowel cancer.

Visit Bowel Cancer UK’s website to find out how you can get involved in their campaign for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month: bowelcanceruk.org.uk<http://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk>.

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Gavin Newlands MP holds roundtable event on neonatal care in Scotland

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has held a roundtable event to discuss how neonatal care in Scotland can be improved.

Gavin Newlands MP with Caroline Lee-Davey, Chief Executive of Bliss Scotland

In partnership with Bliss Scotland, Mr Newlands brought together other Scottish MPs and health professionals to discuss the Bliss Scotland Baby Report 2017. This report set out an up-to-date picture of neonatal care in Scotland and outlined a series of recommendations to improve the support offered to premature and sick babies.

In January, the Scottish Government published the maternity and neonatal services report ‘The Best Start: A Five Year Forward Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Care in Scotland’ which set out a vision for the future. The Scottish Government responded to The Best Start report to accept the recommendations set out within it

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“My family has had direct experience of the fantastic neonatal care in our hospitals and we will be forever grateful to the care that we received. However, we should not rest on our laurels and improvements can be made to ensure that every mother and baby can receive the best possible care from Scotland’s health service.

“I was delighted to work in partnership with Bliss Scotland to bring together MPs from across Scotland as well as health professionals to discuss neonatal care in Scotland and how we can deliver improvements to this vital service.

“The Scottish Government have been proactive in working to improve neonatal care in Scotland and I look forward to playing my part in helping to ensure that every premature or sick baby and their mother receives the best possible care.”

Caroline Lee-Davey, Chief Executive of Bliss Scotland, said: “I would like to thank Gavin Newlands MP for hosting this roundtable discussion on our Bliss Scotland Baby report. Over 5,800 babies are born premature or sick in Scotland every year and we welcome the chance to shine a light on their experiences by discussing Bliss Scotland’s findings in Westminster. The Scottish Government recently set out ambitious new plans for neonatal care – we welcome these, but Bliss Scotland would also like to see immediate action to address the current staffing issues raised in our Baby report alongside implementation of the plans for the future.”

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Gavin Newlands MP welcomes New Powers to Tackle Domestic Abuse

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Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North has welcomed the Scottish Government’s new Domestic Abuse Bill which was introduced on Monday.

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The new bill will strengthen the laws against those who psychologically abuse their partners using coercive and controlling behaviour. The Bill creates a new statutory offence of domestic abuse that recognises the damage and hurt that non-physical abuse can cause.

Last year, Mr Newlands submitted a consultation response to the Scottish Government, calling on them to introduce an offence which takes action on those on commit psychological abuse.

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“Domestic abuse takes many different forms, including psychological and coercive abuse – both which can be just as damaging as physical abuse. I am proud that, as a society, we’ve come a long way from believing that domestic abuse is not only a physical act. The truth is that the psychological scars left by emotional abuse can have devastating effects on victims. I’m glad that the Scottish Government are working hard to make sure perpetrators face the justice they deserve.

“This bill will help our police and prosecutors hold abusers to account, but importantly, it also shows those who have suffered abuse that we stand with them and will take the steps needed to help them. This Bill will send a strong message to everyone who has suffered domestic abuse that the problem is taken seriously and I hope it will encourage more survivors to come forward.

“I know that legislation alone will not tackle the scourge of domestic abuse, which is why support services like the YWCA, alongside ASSIST, Scottish Women’s Aid and many other groups are so important in providing a vital lifeline for survivors.”

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Gavin Newlands MP highlights Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Gavin Newlands MP joined the Finance Secretary Derek MacKay at the National Construction College in Inchinnan last Friday for a Women in Construction event, held as part of the Scottish Apprenticeship Week and organised by CITB Scotland, the Industry Training Board and Sector Skills Council for the construction industry.

The event involved pupils from 3 Renfrewshire schools – St Benedict’s High School, Paisley Grammar and Trinity High School.  The pupils took part in a mix of hands on activities and had the chance to hear from role models currently working in construction.


Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“I was delighted to support CITB Scotland’s Women into Construction event at the National Construction College in Inchinnan last Friday. It was great to see so many young women from Trinity High, St Benedict’s and Paisley Grammar supporting the event and learning new skills.

“Apprenticeships are an important contributor to our society and economy, promoting economic development and helping to reduce youth unemployment. They provide young people with an exciting opportunity to gain a rewarding career and also help meet the needs of our economy.

“I’m especially delighted that CITB Scotland organised this event which encourages young women to think about applying for a construction-based apprenticeship. I support their aim of encouraging more women to get into construction and hope that some of the pupils taking part in Friday’s event give this a serious thought.”


Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP said:

“I enjoyed seeing first-hand the large number of people, particularly women, taking part in Apprenticeship week.

“Since this Government came into office in 2007, over 200,000 Modern Apprenticeship starts have been delivered.

“By significantly boosting the number of apprentice places on offer, we are reinforcing our commitment to provide accessible education opportunities which will support our learners and the wider economy.

“I would encourage more employers, both large and small, to take advantage of the opportunities presented by employing Modern Apprentices, and talk to Skills Development Scotland to find out more.”

Ian Hughes, Strategic Partnerships Director, CITB, said: “Scottish Apprenticeship Week is a key fixture in the CITB calendar. It helps us to raise awareness of the crucial role that young people and apprenticeships play within the construction industry.

“I was delighted to welcome Mr Newlands and Mr Mackay to the National Construction College to meet with the girls as they gained valuable insight into the types of exciting careers available to them within the Scottish construction industry. More than 2,000 new workers are needed each year just to keep up with demand – and construction needs women as much as it needs men.”