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Scottish Government investment in next generation of sport stars welcomed
Bob Doris MSP
Sunday, 28 June 2015

Bob - young sportspeopleSNP wish Andy Murray well ahead of Wimbledon

The SNP is today wishing Andy Murray the best of luck ahead of the start of Wimbledon tomorrow (Mon) – and has welcomed new research showing Scottish Government investment in grassroots sports to support the next generation of Scottish sport stars.  

Figures from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) show that Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund has distributed £10m to 188 projects across Scotland – while the Big Lottery Fund Scotland has given out £6.4m in grants to 4,192 projects to encourage grassroots participation in sport.

'Glasgow deserves better' - SNP comment as Labour feuds boil over
SNP Glasgow City Council Group
Friday, 26 June 2015

Susan-AitkenCommenting on reports that Glasgow Council leader Gordon Matheson is set to stand down in May 2016 following attempts to oust him, leader of the SNP group at Glasgow City Council Susan Aitken said: “At a time of austerity and Tory cuts, Labour in Glasgow should be focusing on the needs of people in this city – instead they are obsessing over their own internal divisions and feuds.

"As council leader, Gordon Matheson has a duty to do whatever he can to protect the people of Glasgow from the worst impacts of Tory cuts. But he is letting them down badly – with Labour cutting vital services and failing even to inform council staff of plans to cut 3,000 jobs.

Scots MP to lead Westminster debate on breast feeding
Alison Thewliss MP
Thursday, 18 June 2015

Alison Thewliss, M.P.Scottish National Party MP, Alison Thewliss, has secured an important debate in the House of Commons next week. The new Glasgow Central MP will lead an adjournment debate on the subject of breast feeding to coincide with World Breastfeeding Week 2015.

Ms Thewliss was successful in this week’s ballot of MPs to apply for debate time in the UK Parliament. An adjournment debate allows MPs to debate a motion without a vote being put and usually lasts for up to an hour. A UK Minister is also required to respond to the MPs on behalf of the Government.

Speaking in advance of next week’s Westminster Hall debate, Alison Thewliss MP said:

"I’ve been a great supporter of breastfeeding since having my son five years ago. I know how difficult it can be, and wanted to take this opportunity both to highlight the benefits of breastfeeding and what role wider society can play in raising awareness."

"Evidence tells us that breastfed infants are likely to have a reduced risk of infection, particularly those affecting the ear, respiratory tract and gastro-intestinal tract. This protective effect is particularly marked in low birth weight infants."

"Other probable benefits include improved cognitive and psychological development, and a reduced risk of childhood obesity. There is also evidence that women who breastfed have lower risks of breast cancer, epithelial ovarian cancer and hip fracture later in life."

"I am looking forward to next week’s debate which I hope to be constructive and will allow me to push this important issue further up the agenda."



1) Ms Thewliss’ debate will take place in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 24th June 2015 at 4.30pm. It can be watched live online at

2) Alison has two young children Alexander (4) and Kirsty (1) - who have both been breast fed, with Kirsty is still being breast fed.

3) Overall, latest figures show 48.4 per cent of babies were breastfed at the first visit (around 10 days) in 2013/14. This is compared with 44.4 per cent in 2004/05. The figures show a trend towards mixed feeding, where the baby is fed both breast and formula milk, and a decline by the 6-8 week review. Rates of breastfeeding have increased by 7.2 per cent over the last nine years among mums from disadvantaged backgrounds, but a strong correlation between breastfeeding and deprivation remains – making it a key driver of health inequalities.

SNP Glasgow MSP and MP welcome support for The Arches and staff
Sandra White MSP
Thursday, 11 June 2015

Sandra White MSP has today welcomed the Scottish Government's support for The Arches and the staff members who have been affected by it been made redundant by its immediate closure.

Responding to Ms White's question at First Minister's Questions today John Swinney said that the government will do all that it can to help safeguard the future of The Arches.

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