SNP MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell yesterday (Monday November 14th) visited the Lanark Market to meet with the Clydesdale branch of the National Farmers Union.
Ms Campbell was given a tour round the facility by Clydesdale NFU branch President, Iain Renwick, and sat down for lunch with members of the branch.
This was followed by a wide-ranging Q&A session, with a number of important matters to Clydesdale’s rural community being discussed. This included discussion on the implications on farming and agriculture from the UK’s decision to leave the European Union and the work that the Scottish Government is doing to support our rural economy.
Commenting, Ms Campbell said:
“The Scottish Government has been working hard to help farmers across Scotland. Our farmers have shown great resilience, and we will continue to do all that we can to ensure that their excellent work is supported. The rural economy will be impacted very much from leaving the EU, and we will do all we can to protect Scotland’s interests and continue to explore all options to do so and maintain our relationship with Europe.
“I was delighted as always to visit the Clydesdale NFU and to see and hear about the hard work that they do. We will continue to ensure the needs of Scottish farming are well represented and I welcome any opportunity to discuss with the NFU to discuss matters of importance to our community”.
SNP MSP for Clydesdale, Aileen Campbell has welcomed an announcement of additional funding to tackle the gender gap in business.
Projects to support more women into business and tackle the gender gap are set to benefit from a further £200,000 of Scottish Government funding. Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn announced projects that will share the funding during a Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) training event.
The projects to receive support are the Women in Enterprise Ambassadors Programme, Investing Women (to enable female-led businesses to become investment-ready and bring them together with female investors), a new “Women’s Enterprise Accelerator” pilot programme to work with women leading small businesses and finally, support for WES to deliver a report on best practice towards tackling the gender gap within enterprise.
Commenting, Aileen said:
“This funding boost helps to ensure enterprise opportunities exist for as many people as possible.
“It acknowledges that tackling the gender gap in entrepreneurial activity can help Scotland reach its full economic potential.
“Offering further assistance and encouragement to women importantly taps into the wealth of talent we have in our communities.”
SNP MSP for Clydesdale, Aileen Campbell has welcomed latest figures that show a steep decline in recorded crime across South Lanarkshire since the SNP came to power in 2007.
Recorded crime in South Lanarkshire has fallen by 37% in the ten years between 2006/07 and 2015/16, part of a nationwide fall. Clydesdale MSP Aileen Campbell believes this shows the success of SNP policies in policing and justice.
Commenting, Aileen said:
“These are welcome figures that show a steep fall in recorded crime in the period since the SNP entered office in 2007 – and shows that SNP policies, such as having more police officers, have made our communities safer.
“It is excellent to see a decline in recorded crime of 37% across South Lanarkshire.
“Having safe communities where everyone feels welcome are vital to creating the Scotland that we all want to see – and these figures show that, under the SNP, we have made significant progress in achieving this goal.”
SNP MSP for Clydesdale, Aileen Campbell met staff members of Parkinson’s UK (Scotland) in the Scottish Parliament last week.
Ms Campbell has welcomed the visit as an opportunity to focus on experiences of Parkinson’s in Clydesdale.
During their visit to the parliament, the team met MSPs of all parties to raise awareness of the advice and support they offer to people with Parkinson’s.
Commenting, Aileen said:
“It was a pleasure to meet some of the Parkinson’s Scotland team in parliament last week.
“I truly appreciate the work of our local support groups who offer information, friendship and support to people with Parkinson's, their families and carers.
“In Clydesdale, 162 people live with the condition so it’s important to raise awareness of support available for those affected.”
SNP MSP for Clydesdale, Aileen Campbell has welcomed the Scottish Government’s plan to build growth across all areas of rural Scotland in the Programme for Government – showing the SNP’s commitment to serving communities and delivering policies which are important to people across all of Scotland.
The Programme for Government highlights the importance of Scotland’s rural economy to the SNP – with action planned in 2016-17 on a wide range of areas, including:
• Holding a series of summits with key sectors to explore how best to deliver sustainable growth and jobs in rural and island communities;
• Development of a Scottish Rural Infrastructure Plan to better co-ordinate expenditure and investment in the rural economy;
• Develop the national food and drink campus and set out how £5m investment will support island and regional food and drink;
• Continuing funding for the Scottish Rural Development Programme and lobbying the UK government to provide clarity and certainty for £350m under threat following Brexit;
• Stepping up efforts to repatriate red meat levy income and the shellfish levy;
• Commitment to 100% broadband coverage and addressing gaps in 4G coverage across Scotland;
• Maintaining the 50% air scheme discount to keep air services affordable for remote rural communities;
• Transfer of Crown Estate management, assets and revenues to maximise economic opportunities in our coastal and rural communities;
• Introduction of bill to reflect the unique needs of Scotland’s islands;
• Introduction of a Forestry Bill to complete the devolution of Forestry policy and help deliver ambitious planting targets;
• Promotion of sustainable wild fisheries with development of a new bill;
• Activity to better address wildlife crime;
• Delivery of Scotland’s first ever flood risk strategies and management plans for river;
• Implementation of the Agricultural Holding provisions in the Land Reform Act to create a thriving tenanted sector;
• Working to ensure that Scottish quota is retained by active Scottish fishermen through a new UK Fisheries Concordat.
The range of action proves the SNP’s commitment to rural Scotland, in stark contrast with the Tories irresponsible approach at Westminster in putting vital EU funding and support at risk with Brexit.
Commenting, Aileen said:
“The Programme for Government set out plans to to keep Scotland moving forward toward a fairer, more prosperous country.
“The Scottish Government will be taking forward action on fisheries, land reform, forestry, crofting, farming, food and drink, broadband and 4G, wildlife, the Crown Estate and our islands. This is a comprehensive package of support and reform that will build growth for all areas of rural Scotland while continuing the process of making Scotland a better place to live.
“I’m pleased to see significant investment to help grow our rural economies – something which is particularly important here in Clydesdale. Plans to improve connectivity, business support, infrastructure, rural industries and public services displays a strong commitment to make all of Scotland a better place to live.
“In this challenging time following the EU referendum, it’s reassuring to see that the SNP is standing up for rural Scotland.”