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Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has attended a Christian Aid Big Brekkie event in Parliament to show his support for Christian Aid Week which is taking place from the 13th to 19th of May.

This year Christian Aid Week is encouraging the British public to stand together with the millions of displaced people who have been forced to leave their homes around the world. This has been an issue that Mr Newlands has been campaigning, and only last week, used a speech in Parliament to reiterate calls for the UK Government to do more to help those who have been displaced.

Ahead of Christian Aid Week, Gavin Newlands MP attended the event in Parliament to find out about activities and events taking place during the charity’s annual fundraising week in Paisley and Renfrewshire North. Last year, £16,855 was raised in Paisley and Renfrewshire North during Christian Aid Week.

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

“It was great to meet with the team from Christian Aid to find out about the activities that they have planned for this year’s Christian Aid Week. People from Paisley and Renfrewshire always come out in force to support Christian Aid Week and it was great to hear that last year local people helped to raise over £16,000 to support the activities of the charity.

“We’re currently living through the biggest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War and for millions of people across the globe, Christian Aid’s work provides vital support. I encourage local constituents to continue to support their support for Christian Aid Week.”

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

“We are very 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 displaced people at this difficult time. Thank you to everyone who is able to take part in this year’s Christian Aid Week.”

On Wednesday 1 November the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, the Director General of The Royal British Legion, and over 90 Members of Parliament raced alongside serving members of The Armed Forces on an exercise bike to raise money for The Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal.

The 12 hour bike ride was held from 08:00 to 20:00 in Portcullis House, Parliament and aimed to raise money for the Legion’s national Poppy Appeal. Gavin Newlands MP represented his constituency of Paisley and Renfrewshire North by cycling as far as he could in 5 minutes, with the hope of topping the leaderboard and beating his colleagues. Gavin managed to cycle 3.27km in 5 minutes.


The bike ride was organised by the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) and The Royal British Legion following on from the successful bike ride held in 2016 (where 77 MPs and Peers cycled a total of 128.8 miles in 12 hours). This year’s race emphasised that The Royal British Legion will once again be asking the nation to ‘Rethink Remembrance’ and consider the meaning of the poppy as a symbol of Remembrance and hope.


MPs were encouraged to donate as they take part, with all of the money raised on the day going to help The Royal British Legion provide lifelong support for the Armed Forces community. The Central Parliament Poppy Appeal is the only charity that can fundraise in Parliament.


Gavin Newlands MP said:


“I would like to thank the Industry and Parliament Trust and The Royal British Legion for arranging this event which brought together MPs from across the House to support the efforts of The Royal British Legion.


“People in Renfrewshire will be well aware of the fantastic and invaluable support that the Royal British Legion provides to our armed forces community. I am always happy to support this cause, particularly as we’re approaching Remembrance Day.”


Nick Maher, CEO of the IPT said:


“The work of The Royal British Legion is essential to the lives of the whole Armed Forces community across the UK and I am delighted that MPs and Peers are supporting us in our efforts to raise money for such a worthwhile cause. The support and enthusiasm from parliamentarians and service men and women has been fantastic’

Members of Parliament are looking forward to the forthcoming Rugby League World Cup in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

A motion has been tabled in the House of Commons, wishing all home nations well ahead of the men’s and women’s competitions.


The men’s competition kicks off on 27 October with England’s group A match against Australia, whilst Wales and Scotland face Papua New Guinea and Tonga respectively in the first round of fixtures.


England are the only home nation represented in the six team women’s Rugby League World Cup, which commences on 16 November, and play group games against Papua New Guinea, Australia and the Cook Islands.

Both competitions conclude with a Rugby League World Cup final double-header in Brisbane on 2 December.


Tabling the motion was Parliamentary Rugby League Group Secretary and Member of Parliament for St Helens South and Whiston, Marie Rimmer MP. She said “I am looking forward to the men’s and women’s Rugby League World Cups in the coming weeks, and will be following the action closely. England’s men’s and women’s teams both have a fantastic opportunity on the biggest stage of all, and I wish all involved with the squads well ahead of the tournament.”


Also supporting the motion was Member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, Gavin Newlands MP. He said “After some great performances in the 2016 Four Nations, I am looking forward to following Scotland’s progress through the tournament. I hope that Coach Steve McCormack, Captain Danny Brough and the rest of the Scotland team are successful and encourage more young people in Scotland to give rugby league a try.”

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