Summer Surgery Tour 2015

I was delighted to kick off my summer surgery tour in Abington and Coulter yesterday. Please see the list below for upcoming dates. If you live in Clydesdale, and have any issues you would like to discuss, then please come along to one of them!


Wednesday 1st July

Tarbrax Village Hall 10.30-11.30am

Forth, The Inns 12 noon-1.00pm


Tuesday 7th July

Auchenheath Hall 10.30-11.30am

Brocketsbrae Hall 12 noon-1.00pm

Coalburn, One Stop Shop 2.00-3.00pm


Thursday 9th July

Chapelton Hall 10.30-11.30am

Glassford Hall 12 noon-1.00pm

Sandford Hall 1.30-2.30pm


Thursday 16th July

Thornton Road Centre 10.30-11.30am

Rigside Hall 12.30-1.30pm



Aileen Campbell MSP and her baby Crawford dropped by Lanark’s Memorial Hall to enjoy the Breastfeeding Strawberry Tea organised by NHS Lanarkshire.  It coincides with Breastfeeding Awareness week (21-27 June) and this year marks the 10th anniversary of the legislation that was passed to protect a women’s right to breastfeed in public.


Aileen also received her certificate for her parliamentary office which is one of the many ‘breastfeeding friendly’ premises in Lanarkshire.


Commenting Aileen, who’s also a breastfeeding mother said:


“I am delighted to support breastfeeding initiatives in Lanarkshire and to ensure women in Clydesdale are made to feel as comfortable as they can whilst feeding their babies.  Breastfeeding is entirely natural, but it can be challenging and so anything that can be done to make it easier is to be welcomed.  That’s why I was also keen to ensure that my constituents know my parliamentary office is breastfeeding friendly.  We are also blessed with great breastfeeding friendly businesses across Clydesdale from Biggar’s Gillespie Centre, and Abbeys on the Green in Lesmahagow, to the Wallace Tea Room and Taylors Café in Strathaven and so many more.  In addition, we are also blessed with fantastic peer support and support from NHS Lanarkshire.


“I breastfed Angus for as long as I could and am now feeding my baby boy Crawford – I know I’m very lucky that it worked for me.  I want to do as much as I can to help other mums and so supporting NHS Lanarkshire’s campaign is important to me on a personal level and also because it is so important we help build the confidence of breastfeeding mums and those who want try.” 



SNP MSP for Clydesdale, Aileen Campbell has welcomed the decision taken by the Scottish Parliament to extend the right to vote in next year’s Holyrood elections to 16 and 17 year olds. 


Ms Campbell has previously worked with constituent Euan Purchase from Carluke who wrote to her seeking a franchise extension for 16 and 17 year olds in the referendum. 


The Scottish Elections (Reduction of Voting Age) Bill, passed in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 18th June, grants the right to vote to 16 and 17 year olds in all Scottish Parliament and Scottish local government elections.


Commenting, Aileen said:


“When my then 16 year old constituent Euan Purchase wrote to me seeking a franchise extension for 16 and 17 year olds in the referendum, I was thrilled to take the case further to help secure the democratic right. 


“Young people in Clydesdale continue to set an example with well-informed and passionate engagement. Biggar High have been running the fantastic Rights Respecting School Award project, while pupils of Carluke are keen to get involved with the development of the town. Political debates around local and national issues can and should be more inclusive of our young people.


“It is utterly disappointing to see the Tory government take the decision to prevent 16 and 17 year olds from voting in the EU referendum. The engagement and turnout for the independence referendum was inspiring so it’s delightful to see the Scottish Parliament taking a progressive stance to extend the franchise in future Scottish Parliament and Scottish local government elections.”




SNP MSP for Clydesdale, Aileen Campbell has welcomed new figures which show that there has been a 50 per cent increase in Higher Education applications from 18 year olds in the most deprived areas of Scotland since 2006.

Research by UCAS shows that the largest proportional increase in people applying to universities since 2006 has been from Scotland’s most deprived areas, where application rates increased by 50 per cent over the period to 15.1 per cent.


Aileen Campbell said:

“The Scottish Government has been very clear that we want every child, whatever their background, to have an equal chance of benefitting from higher education.

“Shortly after becoming an MSP in 2007 I voted with my SNP colleagues to abolish university tuition fees in Scotland and restore the principle of free education back to Scotland. I am pleased statistics show 18 year olds from the poorest backgrounds now have the financial confidence to apply for university.

“There is always more work to do, and I want to see more and more pupils from Lanark Grammar, Carluke High, Biggar High, Lesmahagow High and Strathaven Academy apply for further education. It is therefore good news that the Commission on Widening Access has already begun its work to advise Ministers on how our ambitions can be fully met and allow us to eliminate inequality in access to Higher Education.”



Aileen Campbell, SNP MSP for Clydesdale has welcomed the latest funding announcement regarding Healthy Valleys Grassroots Project. 

Healthy Valleys is a Clydesdale based charity which is a community led health initiative, established in 2003 by community members, voluntary and public sector agencies, with a vision to reduce health inequalities, promote positive lifestyles and improve health and wellbeing in rural South Lanarkshire communities. Their Grassroots Project offers a free service to pregnant women and families with children under 5 years old who are facing particular challenges and live in rural South Lanarkshire.

This Project has been awarded £455,268 by the Big Lottery’s Investing in Communities Fund.


Commenting, Campbell said:

“This award is testament to the amazing work Healthy Valleys do and the passion and commitment shown by those working with Healthy Valleys to make a positive difference across rural South Lanarkshire. 

“I had the pleasure of attending the launch of Healthy Valley’s Grassroots project, as well as witnessing the publication of their recent research which confirmed what we all knew - that the project is excellent and is producing great results in the community.

“Clydesdale has a very strong community driven spirit, and that is reflected in the work of our local community projects. This funding will give Healthy Valleys the ability to help even more families in Clydesdale and empower communities to become more resilient and empowered.  The funding will help families now but also for future generations to come.  I’ve written to the Scottish Government to make sure that they are aware of the incredible success of this Grass Roots Programme.”



  • Tue 7 July | 10.30am
    Auchenheath Hall
  • Tue 7 July | 12.00pm
    Brocketsbrae Hall
  • Tue 7 July | 2.00pm
    One Stop Shop
  • Thu 9 July | 10.30am
    Chapelton Hall

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