SNP MPs call on Tory DFID minister to continue key funding after 'low priority' comments
Patrick Grady MP
Monday, 15 August 2016

Cross party letter urges UK government to continue support as DFID minister appoints UK aid critic

SNP MPs have signed a letter to Priti Patel, the newly appointed Secretary of State at the Department for International Development (DFID), urging her to ensure the department continues its global role and retract from her comments on DFID being ‘low priority’.

The letter that has cross party support, also follows on from Priti Patel's previous comments that called for scrapping the department she now heads and her appointment of UK aid funding critic, Robert Oxley, as her special advisor.

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Tories snub Scottish unis with visa pilot scheme
Sandra White MSP
Friday, 29 July 2016

Sandra - Glasgow UniPost study visa pilot shows 'shocking disregard' for Scotland

The UK Government is showing a “shocking disregard” for Scotland by excluding Scottish universities from a scheme designed to attract international masters students, the SNP said today.

The pilot Tier 4 visa scheme will allow international masters students to stay in the UK for six months after their course ending – but is only open to those studying at a handful of universities in the south of England.

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SNP condemns UK Government child detention policy failures
Sandra White MSP
Friday, 22 July 2016

Tory minister announces move from Barnardos-run accommodation to G4S facility

The SNP has blasted the UK Government for its failures in child detention policy, as it announced the closure of a Barnardos-operated facility on the last day before summer recess at Westminster.

Charities have united in their condemnation of the UK Government’s policy of child detention, with both Barnardos and the Refugee Council speaking out against their actions, calling child detention “harmful, largely ineffective and inexcusable”.

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New Tory DFID minister must be clear about future of department
Patrick Grady MP
Thursday, 21 July 2016

Priti Patel must 'urgently clarify her own commitment'

SNP International Development spokesperson Patrick Grady MP has called on the new Tory minister at the Department for International Development (DFID) to clarify comments that she thought the department she is now in charge of should be scrapped as it was guilty of 'wasting money'.

Newly appointed Secretary of State, Priti Patel had suggested previously that funding for DFID would be better spent elsewhere and her appointment to the post has raised eyebrows as she has been so adamant in her opposition to the Department's work in the recent past.

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MP hails 40 years of "Inspirational" work of Rape Crisis Centre
Alison Thewliss MP
Thursday, 23 June 2016

Glasgow Rape Crisis Thewliss BlackAlison Thewliss, SNP MP for Glasgow Central, has hailed forty years of "inspirational" work from the Rape Crisis Centre in Glasgow.

This week, along with Paisley and Renfrewshire South MP Mhairi Black, the SNP duo visited Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre to hear about their work and the challenges they face. 2016 marks the charity’s fortieth year since being established in Scotland’s largest city.

Commenting after visiting the organisation which is based in her constituency, Ms Thewliss said:

"For the last forty years, Rape Crisis has been doing inspirational work to support women survivors of rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse. So much of this work goes totally unrecognised and happens under the radar, but it is vital in supporting vulnerable women in Glasgow from all kinds of backgrounds.

"Getting the opportunity to spend some time with the staff at the centre this week was hugely valuable in terms of getting an insight into the complex challenges they face in supporting women through unimaginably horrific situations.

"It’s a bittersweet moment to celebrate forty years of an organisation that shouldn’t have to exist in this day and age. However, the figures show that too many rapes still go unreported and the conviction rate is still far, far too low. We need to remember that, although the majority – 97% - of rape cases don’t result in conviction, it’s still absolutely imperative the survivors of rape and sexual abuse are given sensitive and confidential support as they try to rebuild their lives.

"The work that Rape Crisis staff and volunteers do from their Support to Report project right down to their first response helpline is absolutely vital, and I very much look forward to taking forward a number of issues they raised with me to day which I, in turn, will be taking up with the Scottish and UK Governments."

 
New report shows Glasgow is best staying in EU
EU Information
Monday, 13 June 2016

Thewliss with Wee BlEU BookAlison Thewliss, MP for Glasgow Central, has today (Monday) launched a new report drawing attention to hundreds of millions of pounds of EU investment and tangible benefits for the city of Glasgow.

Launching her report in front of the city's iconic Duke of Wellington statue, the Glasgow MP said the report put forward a Glaswegian case to vote to remain in the EU on Thursday, 23rd June.

With less than weeks until polling day, Ms Thewliss criticised the Leave and Remain campaigns for running "distant and negative" campaigns and said that attention in the final fortnight needed to turn to making a positive and local case for a Remain vote.

Commenting, Alison Thewliss MP said:

"I believe that EU membership matters to us all in Glasgow, whether you're a student, running a business, or just travelling around the city. In the course of speaking to constituents, I’ve been asked by genuinely undecided voters to explain why people in Glasgow should vote to remain in the European Union.

"The Scottish independence referendum debate was conducted at a grassroots level and ignited passionate debate in local communities. Too much of the EU debate has been distant, negative, Tories arguing amongst themselves, and far removed from people’s day to day lives.

"With this new report I’ve produced, I hope that other Glaswegians will reflect on what the UK, and Scotland’s, membership of the European Union means but not just at a national level but what it means for us in Glasgow.

"Because of the EU’s Single Market and from Regional Selective Assistance Grants, we have received over £83 million of investment to businesses in Glasgow since 2010, creating 7,292 new jobs and protecting 3,251 existing jobs - including jobs on the Clyde. That's just one tangible benefit stemming from our EU membership. Other significant benefits have come in education, infrastructure and tourism, making Glasgow a more connected global city.

"EU cash supports businesses large and small from 2,287 ship building jobs on the Clyde, to a much more local level safeguarding 6 vital jobs at Heidi Beers. This gives Glasgow families certainty and protects household incomes.

"When it comes to infrastructure investment, Glasgow does really well out of Europe. Upgrades to major pieces of the city’s transport network were paid for using EU money. Improvement works on the M8, M73 and M74 motorways were undertaken with £174 million of European cash. Indeed, £100 million of funding for the City of Glasgow College came from the European Investment Bank.

"I know that Europe is not perfect – far from it. It still needs major reform and the Scottish Government has made that crystal clear. However, walking away from the table now just doesn’t make sense when we’ve achieved so much."

 
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