Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has urged the Prime Minister to use the closure of Dungavel as an opportunity to rethink her approach to immigration detention.

Gavin Newlands

The UK Government is planning on closing Dungavel Detention Centre and replace it with a short-term detention facility near Glasgow Airport.

During Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Newlands said that the UK Government’s indefinite detention policy was a stain on the country’s human rights record and that Renfrewshire is united in opposition to the inhumane and ineffective practices that have been allowed to take place at the various detention centres throughout the UK.

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

“The UK is the only country in Europe which allows the indefinite detention of some of the most vulnerable people in society.

“This shameful record on immigration detention – which has also allowed pregnant women to be detained in prison-like environments – is a damning indictment on this government.

“With plans to close Dungavel and replace it with a short-term holding facility near Glasgow Airport, people in Renfrewshire are united – we will not tolerate these practices being allowed to take place in our local community.

“This new short-term holding facility could mean that detainees will be moved to longer-term detentions facilities which are hundreds of miles away from their friends, families and legal advisors.

“The Prime Minister should use the proposed closure of Dungavel as an opportunity to rethink her detention policy and end this stain on our human rights record.”

Paisley Rugby Football  Club are having their annual Fireworks display at Anchor once again on Saturday 5th November 2016 from 8pm until 11pm.

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Burgers, Hotdogs, Tea & Coffee will be on sale at an affordable price and Clubhouse bar will be on sale at an affordable price and Clubhouse bar will be open.

Tickets are available from bar or pm for more details:

Tickets: Adults £4, Child (under 16) £2- Family of 4 (2x adults 2x kids) £10

It’s a great night and all monies made go towards re development of the Club.

Just Trading Scotland, the Paisley-based Fair Trade organisation has been recognised with a national Business & Innovation Impact Award for its partnership with smallholder farmers in Malawi.

 L-R John McNeill- Co-op Managing Director, Kena Mphonda- Malawi High Commissioner to the UK, John Riches- Chairman of Just Trading Scotland, Councillor Jim Sharkey- Chair of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group and Howard Msukwa- Malawian rice farmer

L-R John McNeill- Co-op Managing Director, Kena Mphonda- Malawi High Commissioner to the UK, John Riches- Chairman of Just Trading Scotland, Councillor Jim Sharkey- Chair of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group and Howard Msukwa- Malawian rice farmer

The Scotland-Malawi Partnership, which promotes country to country links between the two nations, announced the winners at its AGM held at Strathclyde University’s new Technology Centre in Glasgow.

The event was attended by members from the Scottish and Malawi Governments, as well as business and community leaders from both the UK and the Southern African nation.

ohn Riches, Chairman of Just Trading Scotland and COuncillor Jim Sharkey, Chair of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group

ohn Riches, Chairman of Just Trading Scotland and COuncillor Jim Sharkey, Chair of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group

Just Trading Scotland works in partnership with subsistence farmers in the North of Malawi and have worked immensely hard to introduce people to Malawi’s famous Kilombero rice.

Kilombero, a new style of African rice, is more fragrant and flavourful than traditional long grains and was launched into Co-op stores in Scotland, and to fine foods shops nationally, through distributors Cotswold Fayre and the Cress Company earlier this year.

Councillor Jim Sharkey, Chair of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, said: “This is a fantastic achievement by Just Trading Scotland and I’m delighted one of our steering group members has received this well-deserved accolade.

“The organisation has put in tireless effort for many years to ensure the farmers in Malawi receive a fair deal for their produce and can achieve a sustainable income, and this award is the least they deserve.

“The Kilombero rice is a fantastic addition to our shelves in the UK due to its quality and taste, but most importantly because it is fairly traded. This is vital if those who produce the rice are to benefit fully from the work they put in.”

John Riches, Chairman of JTS, said: This award recognises the huge efforts which have been made both in Malawi and in Scotland to bring this wonderful smallholder grown rice to consumers in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

“The farmers have worked wonders in improving the quality of their seed and building up their association so they can deliver both quality and volumes.

“The association has grown from 2,500 to 6,500 and they now have a seed bank with over 200MT of certified seed, despite difficulties with rains this year.

“This award is a huge honour and comes just at the right time as now we have the great opportunity to introduce it to new friends though the Co-op stores in Scotland.”

David Hope-Jones OBE, Principal Officer of the Scotland-Malawi Partnership, added: “A very big congratulations to Just Trading Scotland winning the Business and Innovation Impact Award in recognition of their work with smallholder farmers in Malawi.”

“As the network representing the 94,000 Scots actively involved in Malawi links, we’re delighted to support the work of JTS in bringing this fairly traded Malawian rice to Scotland.

“Not only does it taste great but it also provides much needed opportunities for sustainable livelihoods for thousands of smallholder farming families in Malawi.”

Kilombero rice is now available from Co-op stores across Scotland. For more information visit: www.kilombero.co.uk

For more information please contact Just Trading Scotland on 0141 255 0901 or info@jts.co.uk

Ryanair today (Wednesday, 2 November) celebrates carrying two million customers on the second anniversary of the airline’s inaugural flight from Glasgow Airport in 2014.

 Glasgow Airport’s Paul White with Ryanair first officer Adam Sutton and cabin crew member Lynsey Sloan

Glasgow Airport’s Paul White with Ryanair first officer Adam Sutton and cabin crew member Lynsey Sloan

The airline opened its first-ever base at Glasgow Airport on October 28, 2014 with seven routes to destinations such as Dublin, London Stansted, Riga and Warsaw. Two years on the airline now operates 20 routes, including 12 new destinations for Glasgow Airport.

Europe’s largest airline continues to grow its Glasgow Airport operation with the launch of five new services to Alicante, Brussels Charleroi, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Malaga last week. A new route to Sofia in Bulgaria was also added in September.

Glasgow Airport’s Paul White with Ryanair cabin crew member Lynsey Sloan and first officer Adam Sutton

Glasgow Airport’s Paul White with Ryanair cabin crew member Lynsey Sloan and first officer Adam Sutton

Ryanair also recently unveiled its summer 2017 schedule from Glasgow Airport, which includes a further four new routes to Lisbon, Palanga in Lithuania, Valencia and Zadar in Croatia.

Paul White, business development manager at Glasgow Airport, said: “Ryanair has continually responded to demand at Glasgow Airport over the last two years and this sustained growth is testament to the close working relationship cultivated by both the airline and the team here at the airport.

“To go from seven routes to 20, and carrying two million passengers in such a short space of time, is a fantastic achievement and Ryanair’s continued expansion of services in 2017 shows this relationship continues to thrive.

“We’re pleased to help Ryanair mark today’s two-year anniversary and look forward to celebrating many more milestones in future here at Glasgow Airport.”

Ryanair’s sales and marketing executive, Lisa Buckley said: “We are pleased to launch our five new winter routes from Glasgow International to Alicante, Brussels Charleroi, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Malaga, in addition to our new route to Sofia, which started in September.

“We continue to grow our operations at Glasgow International and we look forward to continue offering the lowest fares and best choice of destinations.”

RENFREW plays host to a major national athletics event for the first time on Saturday. (November 5)

Scottish Athletics bring their Short Course Championships to King George V Park at Broadloan with six races across junior and senior age groups.

Laura Muir

Laura Muir

And already the event is being declared a success with more than 1200 athletes on the entry lists – a record for these particular cross-country championships.

Adding to the excitement is the news that Laura Muir will defend the 4K title she won a year ago at Bellahouston Glasgow at Renfrew on Saturday – with the Commonwealth Record holder at 1500m and Olympian having been named Scottish Athlete of the Year last Saturday night.

The Short Course Championships are the second event in the Lindsays Cross Country season following a National Relays at Cumbernauld.

“Laura has regularly competed at cross country at this time of the season as part of her training and racing programme,’ said Muir’s coach, Andy Young.

“We feel doing that at this stage gives an endurance athlete a great base of fitness for the track season the following year. The conditions were extremely wet and muddy last year in Glasgow but she still won the race well and I understand the course at Renfrew is very flat, which should lead to good times over 4K.’”

The U15 girls and boys race first, over 2K, followed by U17 girls and boys over 3k. The Senior Women’s race, which has attracted almost 300 entries, goes off at 12.10pm and then the Senior Men’s race is at 12.35pm. Jake Wightman, the Scottish athlete who reached the European Championship final in the 1500m for GB in Holland in the summer, is among 493 names for that race.

“We’re delighted to be bringing a National Scottish Athletics event to Renfrew,’ said Alasdhair (correct) Love, the organisation’s events manager.

“Renfrewshire Leisure have been extremely supportive about the whole idea and we are looking forward to Saturday. The Short Course is one of our fastest-growing events in terms of cross country and we need a large venue.

“The entry numbers have jumped from 700 only three or four years ago to just over 1200 this time, but with the support of Renfrewshire Leisure, help from our volunteers and officials and a common sense and patient approach by athletes and clubs, I’m sure it will be a successful day.

“Scottish National Championship medals are at stake for teams and individuals and it is also a big factor in Scotland selections for cross country for a forthcoming British event in Liverpool, so that certainly adds to the competitive element.”

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “We have some of the best sports facilities in the country for both outdoor and indoor events.

“It’s testimony to these high standards that the course at KGV has been chosen to host such a prestigious race in the athletics calendar.

“We’re looking forward to a fantastic day of racing, particularly as there is such a high calibre of athletes competing.”
Muir and Andy Butchart won the 4K titles last November at Bellahouston but Butchart, who was also at the Olympics in Rio, misses Saturday’s race at Renfrew because of altitude training in the Pyrenees.

Nearby club Kilbarchan AAC are always strong in the younger age groups and, at U20 (who run within the Senior races), look to have medal contenders in Euan Gillham, Jemma Reekie and Laura Stark.

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, is backing a campaign to help local people save money on their gas and electricity ahead of the winter months.

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Big Energy Saving Week (31 October – 6 November) is run by Energy Saving Trust (EST), Citizens Advice and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and aims to help people cut their energy bills.

New figures released ahead of the campaign show that households could save an average of £300 a year by switching energy supplier, but many aren’t aware of this. Of the 13.6 million households who didn’t switch last year, 60% said it was because they believed they were already on the cheapest tariff available.

Gavin Newlands MP is supporting Big Energy Saving Week and encouraging local people to start saving on their bills by following a three step rule – check, switch, save.

People are advised to check their current tariff and compare it with other suppliers, before switching to a cheaper deal if available. They are also given tips on how to save energy in their home and make it more energy efficient, such as not leaving the TV on standby or installing loft insulation.

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North said:

“I’m delighted to be supporting the Big Energy Saving Week and would encourage everyone to take part as I know that the cost of energy bills can be a worry for many local people.

“Many people could save around £300 a year on their energy bills by switching supplier and I would suggest that people use Citizen Advice’s online energy price comparison tool energycompare.citizensadvice.org.uk<https://energycompare.citizensadvice.org.uk/> to compare different deals.

“Big Energy Saving Week is a great opportunity for people to find out about the different ways they can cut their spending on gas and electricity, whether that’s switching supplier or making their home more energy efficient.

“I would encourage anyone who wants to find out how much money they could save to go online and compare prices, or contact their local Citizens Advice for help.”