0_Scotland-v-Brazil-Womens-International-Friendly

MP CALLS FOR COMMONS TO CONGRATULATE SCOTLAND’S WOMEN’S SIDE

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North and Chair of the APPG for Scottish Sport, has submitted an Early Day Motion to the House of Commons which calls on MPs to add their congratulations to the Scottish national women’s football team on their outstanding and unprecedented victory over Brazil on Monday night. A win which marks the first time that any Scottish national senior team has defeated that iconic footballing nation.

The motion also calls for Members of Parliament to wish the team luck as they look forward to their World Cup campaign with the opening  game against England on the 9th of June. The victory comes just a few short weeks after Manager Shelley Kerr presented to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Scottish Sport on the success of women’s football and on what steps must be taken to grow the game.

0_Scotland-v-Brazil-Womens-International-Friendly

After lodging the motion, Newlands commented:

“Everyone in Scotland should be proud of the outstanding success of our women’s team over one of the world’s greatest footballing nations- currently in the world’s top ten.

“Shelley Kerr has proven herself to be a world beating manager and has proven herself capable in developing an already highly capable squad and taking it on to beat the very best sides in the world.

“The success of the women’s side will continue to encourage young women and girls to play football and strive to reach the highest level. As politicians, we have a duty to champion our national team and to ensure that their successes result in the continued growth of the women’s game.”

The full motion reads: ‘That this house congratulates the Scottish National Women’s Football team on their unprecedented win over Brazil; acknowledges that this is the first time that a Scottish senior national side has defeated that iconic footballing nation; commends both Head Coach Shelley Kerr on her outstanding coaching ability, and Captain Rachel Corsie on her incredible team leadership, the combination of which has led to an already capable group of players being developed into a world-beating side; is not surprised by this success following the deeply impressive recent visit by Shelley to the APPG for Scottish Sport; hopes that the team are sent off in rousing fashion with a full house at Hampden Park when they play their final warm-up match against Jamaica on the 28th of May; and wishes the team the best of luck in their upcoming World Cup Campaign, particularly in their opening game on the 9th of June against England.’

BrexitSpeech gavin

NEWLANDS WARNS THAT LABOUR WILL “PAY THE PRICE IN SCOTLAND” IF THEY AGREE TO TORY BREXIT

Recent polls reveal that support for a second EU referendum is strong in Scotland and that over half of Scots prefer independence to Brexit.

A poll commissioned by campaign group Right to Vote found that two-thirds of Scottish voters want a final say on the Brexit deal and a polling for the Sunday Times revealed that 53% of Scots prefer independence to Brexit, with 59% backing it over a no-deal Brexit. With a few days to go until the UK is due to leave the EU, Theresa May is holding talks with Jeremy Corbyn in a bid to strike a Brexit deal.

BrexitSpeech gavin

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, warns Labour not to be the “midwife to a Tory Brexit” that ends free movement of people, or they will “pay the price in Scotland at the ballot boxes.”

The survey results also come as Scottish Secretary David Mundell backs the SNP’s calls for a long extension to article 50 to find a way through the Brexit impasse and avoid the “chaos and disruption” of no-deal.

Despite abstaining on key votes that would take no deal out of the equation, Mundell warned his Tory Cabinet colleagues that a no-deal Brexit would be “bad economically for Scotland in the short, medium and long term” and “have a disproportionately detrimental effect on the country”.

Commenting, Newlands said:

“Over two-thirds of Scottish voters want a final say on the Brexit deal and the majority of Scots prefer independence to any Brexit.

“Leaving the European Union without a deal would be a disaster for Scotland and would cost hundreds of thousands of jobs- plunging our country into recession. We have warned the UK about this from the beginning.

“It seems that Theresa May is pushing Jeremy Corbyn to accept a Brexit deal that ends free movement of people, which is absolutely essential for the Scottish economy to grow.

“I urge Labour to be careful – if they act as the midwife to a Tory Brexit they will pay the price in Scotland at the ballot boxes.

“The SNP is the only party that can be trusted to stand up for Scotland.”

Gavin Newlands MP

An SNP MP has called on the UK government to back calls for Tennis Scotland to receive fair funding from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) which would help support Tennis Scotland and Judy Murray improve access to tennis in Scotland.

Gavin Newlands MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Scottish Sport, confirmed the party’s support for a ‘Murray legacy’ to increase participation in Scottish tennis with better facilities and an increased workforce, calling the continued lack of funding from the LTA a “scandalous missed opportunity”.

Gavin Newlands MP

Writing in The Times newspaper today, the MP urged the LTA to properly fund Scottish tennis to assist the next generation of Scottish tennis players, many of whom have been inspired by the Murray brothers.

Currently, Tennis Scotland receives only 1% of the LTA’s revenue funding annually – worth just £700k from a £70 million budget. A fair population-based share would amount to £6million per year in revenue funding.

The SNP MP also called for greater recognition of the Murray’s contributions to British tennis following the LTA’s failure to mention the Murrays in their 36-page mission statement.

Commenting, Gavin Newlands MP said:

“Given the reluctance of the LTA to do so thus far, it is crucial that the UK Government ensure that the LTA provide fair revenue funding to all nations and regions of the UK.

“As the Chair of the APPG on Scottish Sport, I have been calling for Tennis Scotland to receive its fair share of funding since 2017 – the crucial first step in ensuring we establish a Murray Legacy.

“Over the last decade, Scotland has been one of the world’s leading tennis nations and the LTA must recognise this.

“The continued lack of funding for Tennis Scotland during the decade of the Murray’s success is, quite frankly, a scandalous missed opportunity.

“I was delighted to see Andy return to the tennis court this week, albeit tentatively, and time will tell if he can return to the courts competitively, but given this doubt, it is vital that we invest to develop players that may one day match, or perhaps surpass, Andy Murray. To do this, the LTA must provide adequate funding to Scotland.”

gavin newlands mp

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has said that a second EU referendum must now be the priority as the means of breaking the Brexit impasse, after the motion for a public vote received the most votes in favour in the indicative votes in Parliament.

He also slammed the Labour party for refusing to back the SNP’s motion to revoke Article 50 to prevent a catastrophic no-deal outcome. The motion was defeated by 101 votes, with 121 Labour MPs abstaining.

The SNP backed revoking article 50, putting the decision back to the people through a referendum and in order to ensure it remains an option, the Common Market 2.0 proposal, which comes closest to the compromise position proposed by the Scottish Government in December 2016, which also saw an increase in support.

gavin newlands mp

Commenting, Newlands said:

“Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the European Union so the SNP’s No.1 priority is to stop Brexit and bring a swift end to the chaos that is already affecting Scotland and the UK’s economy, jobs, and living standards.

“The option to have another referendum received the widest support in the House of Commons, it is now abundantly clear that the only way to break the impasse is to bring it back to the people with the option to remain on the ballot paper.

“We all know a lot more than we did in 2016 and given this, it is clear that the best way to end the Brexit deadlock is to put the decision back to the people in a second EU referendum, revoking Article 50 has to be part of this process.

“Scotland has been ignored throughout the Brexit process and no one can claim that Scotland is treated as an equal partner in the UK. Whatever happens – Scotland must become an independent country.”

gavin newlands post office

SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, Gavin Newlands, reiterated his calls for the UK government and national banks to take action to support the sustainability of Community and Sub-Post Offices during a House of Commons debate last night.

During the debate, Newlands highlighted the rising importance of Post Offices to small towns and rural communities and renewed SNP calls for the UK government to act to protect their future.

gavin newlands post office

As bank branch numbers continue to fall, local Post Offices have become increasingly important to local communities – particularly to the elderly and those with additional support needs because of the face-to-face banking services that they provide. This is on top of the role they play in services regarding post, advice, pensions, benefit administration, and community spaces.

The debate took place as UK Finance, trade association for the UK banking and financial services sector, re-negotiates the current deal with Post Office Ltd, where financial remuneration for sub-postmasters from banks to carry out services falls short.

Ahead of the debate, Newlands visited Post Offices in Ferguslie, Renfrew, Bargarran, Kirklandneuk, Inchinnan, and Bridge of Weir. He raised many of their concerns during his lengthy speech.

Commenting after the debate, Gavin Newlands MP said:

“It is now imperative that the UK government steps in and acts to ensure that the Post Office, a publicly owned body, gets a fair deal from banks.

“The local Post Office plays a huge role in public life – it is both a symbol of the community and a lifeline on everything from pensions and benefits to vital day-to-day banking services.

“In many small and rural towns in Scotland, the local Post Office is the last place where a face-to-face service is available, making it essential for the elderly and those with additional support needs.

“Sub-postmasters have continually raised concerns that they are not receiving adequate financial remuneration for services they provide to major banks turning over huge profits, resulting in many post offices operating at a loss.

“Sub-postmasters are also often paid less than the minimum wage when you take into account the hours they work, so not surprisingly many are considering leaving our local high streets.”

“The public owns the Post Office Ltd and the UK Government steward it on our behalf, it is therefore their responsibility to ensure the Post Office has a sustainable future for all of our communities.”

gavin newlands mp

LOCAL MP SUPPORTS BEN & JERRY’S ASYLUM SEEKER WORK CAMPAIGN

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, is backing the Lift the Ban Coalition campaign to restore the right to work for people seeking asylum who have been waiting for a decision on their asylum claim for over six months, unconstrained by the Shortage Occupation List which details many professions that are desperately needed in the UK.

gavin newlands mp

The Lift the Ban Coalition is made up of over 170 organisations, including faith groups, businesses, trade unions and NGOs from across the UK.

One of these coalition members is Ben & Jerry’s, who campaign on a range of social issues at a local, national and international level, and are vocal supporters of restoring the right to work for asylum seekers.

MPs have been receiving unexpected deliveries from Ben and Jerry’s. In support of Lift the Ban’s campaign they have sent out ice creams tubs with nonsensical flavours to MPs. Ice cream of these silly flavours, like the current policy preventing people seeking asylum from working, doesn’t make sense.

The campaign hopes that these nonsense pints will help this issue get the attention it deserves.

Gavin Newlands received a tub of ‘Sprout of your Rind’. Backing the campaign he said:

“We in the Scottish National Party have been arguing for a long time that the UK Tory Government’s inhumane current rules that ban people seeking asylum from working don’t make sense – just like this Ben & Jerry’s Sprout of your Rind ice cream flavour!

“I’m proud to support the campaign to #LiftTheBan. It makes sense and it’s humane!”

gavin newlands mp

LABOUR MUST EXPLICITLY BACK NEW REFERENDUM TO PUT DECISION TO PEOPLE

 

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has said Tory MPs have “betrayed Scotland” by voting to keep the threat of a devastating No-Deal Brexit on the table – despite knowing it could cost 100,000 jobs in Scotland and cause a recession worse than the 2008 financial crisis.

gavin newlands mp

With just 30 days left until the UK is due to crash out of the EU, all thirteen Tory MPs with Scottish constituencies voted against the SNP amendment to rule out a No-Deal Brexit, which received cross-party support from Labour, Lib Dem, Independent, Plaid Cymru, and Green MPs. The amendment was defeated narrowly by 288 to 324.

Speaking after the vote, SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford MP said time is running out to prevent a disastrous bad-deal or no-deal Brexit – and called on Labour to “unequivocally and explicitly back a new referendum” to put the decision back to the people.

Analysis has shown that any form of Brexit will be damaging for Scotland’s economy. A report by the Scottish Government’s top economic adviser, published last week, revealed that a no-deal Brexit could result in a recession worse than 2008 – causing Scotland’s GDP to fall by up to 7%, and leading to unemployment rising by around 100,000.

Speaking after the vote, Gavin Newlands said:

“This week MPs had the opportunity to finally protect Scotland’s interests by agreeing to take No-Deal off the table, but Westminster voted against this- including thirteen Scottish Tory MPs

“We now face the real danger of crashing out of the EU, with a devastating hard Tory Brexit that could cost 100,000 Scottish jobs and cause a recession worse than the 2008 financial crisis.

“Time is running out to prevent a bad-deal or no-deal Brexit. Either outcome would be deeply damaging for Scotland – destroying jobs, and inflicting lasting harm on our economy, public services and people’s living standards.

“It is shameful that all thirteen Tory MPs with Scottish constituencies betrayed Scotland by voting against taking No-Deal off the table, against the clear interests of their own voters who will be left poorer as a result.

“It is now time for Labour to join the SNP in unequivocally backing a new referendum, with Remain in the European Union on the ballot paper.

“Scotland did not vote for Brexit and we should not be dragged out of the EU against our will. Whatever happens now, it is crystal clear that the only Scotland can protect its intersts is with independence.”

gavin newlands

GAVIN NEWLANDS: EXTRA LEAVE NEEDED FOR PARENTS OF SICK AND PREMATURE BABIES

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has called for fathers of babies born sick or premature to be given extra paid paternity leave. This follows the recent publication of a report by the charity Bliss, the UKs leading charity for babies born premature or sick.

The survey found that 66% of dads had to return to work while their child was still receiving specialist neonatal care. It also showed that 36% of dads resorted to being signed off sick in order to spend time with their baby on the neonatal unit.

Bliss also say that half of all parents would have liked to take more parental leave but couldn’t afford to take any longer off work and 24 per cent of dads said they were concerned for their job if they asked for more time off.

Newlands has joined calls led by his SNP Colleague Glasgow East David Linden MP, for fathers of sick or premature children to be given extra paternity leave.

gavin newlands

Commenting on the study, Newlands said:

MP JOINS CALLS FOR ADDITIONAL PATERNITY LEAVE

GAVIN NEWLANDS: EXTRA LEAVE NEEDED FOR PARENTS OF SICK AND PREMATURE BABIES

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has called for fathers of babies born sick or premature to be given extra paid paternity leave. This follows the recent publication of a report by the charity Bliss, the UKs leading charity for babies born premature or sick.

The survey found that 66% of dads had to return to work while their child was still receiving specialist neonatal care. It also showed that 36% of dads resorted to being signed off sick in order to spend time with their baby on the neonatal unit.

Bliss also say that half of all parents would have liked to take more parental leave but couldn’t afford to take any longer off work and 24 per cent of dads said they were concerned for their job if they asked for more time off.

Newlands has joined calls, led by his SNP Colleague Glasgow East David Linden MP, for fathers of sick or premature children to be given extra paternity leave.

Commenting on the study, Newlands said:

“Our first daughter, Emma, was born over 6 weeks premature following an emergency caesarean, this in itself, is a time of extreme stress given the concern over the health of my wife Lynn and the baby. Everything went well and Emma was given fantastic care in the Special Care Baby Unit at the Southern General and we took 3lb Emma home 2 weeks after her birth.

“We were lucky, not only because the premature birth, in the end, had no material impact on the health and development of our daughter, but that I was allowed to spend that time in the hospital with Lynn and Emma. I had returned to work the day after the birth as Lynn wanted me to use my paternity to help at home when she and the baby were allowed home, but I was lucky as my boss and his wife had gone through a tough pregnancy themselves and was very empathetic.

“He told me that my place was at my wife and daughter’s side and sent me straight to the hospital on additional leave. I am, to this day, extremely grateful to him for allowing me to do that. But this is the rub, it shouldn’t be down to luck, or a benevolent boss. It should be in statute that anyone in that situation should not feel compelled to leave their sick and premature baby at a very vulnerable stage to return to work – the UK Government must make provision for additional leave in these circumstances.

I have worked with Bliss in the past myself and I strongly support the work that David and his NeoNatal All Party Group are doing on this. It’s an idea whose time has come.”

waspi

MAJOR DEMONSTRATION TO TAKE PLACE AGAINST STATE PENSION INEQUALITY

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has given his backing to an upcoming protest by the WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) Campaign.

The WASPI Campaign is pushing for fair transitional state pension arrangements for all women born in the 1950s who have been affected by changes to state pension legislation.

waspi

The 1995 Conservative Government’s Pension Act included plans to increase women’s SPA (State Pension Age) to 65, the same as men’s. WASPI agrees with equalisation, but does not agree with the unfair way the changes were implemented – with little or no personal notice (1995/2011 Pension Acts), faster than promised (2011 Pension Act), and no time to make alternative plans.

Retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences. The campaign started with ordinary women who in 2015 got together via Facebook and decided to fight this injustice.

This translates into a ‘bridging’ pension to provide an income until State Pension Age, not means-tested, and with recompense for losses for those women who have already reached their SPA. There are no specific age groups within the period mentioned above that are favoured above others.

The WASPI demonstration is taking place on Saturday (23rd February) at 12:30pm from outside Festival Park, Govan Road and will process to the Mary Barbour Statue at Govan Cross.

Newlands is calling on all women who have been affected and anyone who wishes to show solidarity to attend the demonstration, commenting, the MP said:

“The UK Government has failed this generation of women and must now improve transitional arrangements for women born on or after 6th April 1951 who have been adversely affected by the acceleration of the increase to the state pension age.

“The SNP is clear that we support equalisation, but this has been utterly mismanaged by the UK Government. They need to admit that there are options available to them and offer proper transitional protection.

“Not informing women properly and then accelerating these changes with little notice is totally unacceptable. The women impacted by this deserve proper transitional protection and need it now. The Tories should recognise the momentum behind this campaign and provide justice for these women.”

Gavin Newlands MP

JEREMY CORBYN AND RICHARD LEONARD MUST EXPEL RENFREWSHIRE COUNCILLOR

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has called on Renfrewshire Councillor and former MP who lost his seat in 2015, Jim Sheridan, to immediately resign his position. This follows misogynistic language used on Facebook that compares the Scottish Government’s provision of local government finance to rape. Newlands has pointed out that these comments are insulting to survivors of rape and sexual abuse. If Sheridan does not resign himself, Newlands has called on Jeremy Corbyn and Richard Leonard to kick him out of the party.

Gavin Newlands MP

Controversially, Sheridan was re-admitted to the Labour party following anti-Semitic comments that have been describes as ‘hurtful’ by the Jewish community. His re-admission was less than a month ago, and comes as Labour is embroiled in an anti-Semitism scandal which has resulted in MPs leaving Labour.

Newlands has campaigned against sexual assault and rape as part of his support for the White Ribbon Campaign against Gender-Based Violence. The MP  After learning of Councillor Sheridan’s post, Newlands condemned his comments:

“Councillor Jim Sheridan’s latest outburst is quite frankly disgusting and beneath contempt. It is an Inexcusable statement from anyone, let alone an elected local representative and former MP.

Councillor Sheridan’s re admittance to the Labour Party following his shameful comments about the Jewish community was in my opinion, an outrageous decision. An opinion which is shared with many members in his own Renfrewshire labour council group and many high profile members of the Labour Party across the UK.

Councillor Sheridan is entitled to his own views on local government finance, but to reference rape in describing a council budget is callous degrading and deeply misogynistic.

This language is diminishing of the suffering of survivors and victims of gender-based violence and is indefensible!

If Councillor Jim Sheridan had any decency he would resign as a Councillor but failing this, Jeremy Corbyn and Richard Leonard should show leadership and kick him out of the party for go