SNP MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell next week, Monday 27th March, will host a Rural Q&A event for farmers and those involved with the rural economy in Clydesdale. The event will be headlined by Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing, who will answer questions and issues of concern from the audience.

The event will take place at Lanark Agricultural Market from 2-4pm. Attendance is free and those wishing to attend are asked to contact our office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Commenting, Ms Campbell said;


“As the MSP for this rural constituency, I am always keen to hear the thoughts, concerns and suggestions from those working in our rural economy. I am therefore delighted to be welcoming Fergus Ewing to Lanark to speak directly with my constituents.


“I welcomed the support for the Scottish Government expressed by NFU Scotland last year and its commitment to supporting the work of our rural economy. The Scottish Government has been working hard to help farmers and the rural economy across Scotland. Our food and drink exports are at a record high and there is much to be positive about. There is also great challenge which is why this opportunity to engage with the government is so important."

SNP MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell has welcomed the plan set out today (Monday 13th March) by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to offer the people of Scotland a choice between a hard Brexit and becoming an independent country.


The Scottish Government is to seek parliamentary approval to begin discussions with the UK Government to enable an independence referendum to take place. The First Minister proposed that the referendum take place between the autumn of 2018 and the spring of 2019, when the shape of the UK’s Brexit deal will become clear.


Welcoming the plan, Ms Campbell said;


“As the First Minister rightly said, Scotland stands at a hugely important crossroads. All efforts by the Scottish Government to find a compromise for Scotland with the UK Government during the Brexit process have been met with a “brick wall of intransigence”.


“If the UK Government can ignore Scotland’s voice on a matter as important as leaving the European Union, then the idea that we are equal partners in the UK has been completely demolished.


“It is therefore right and proper that the Scottish Government now take the necessary steps to stand up for Scotland’s interests and ensure that the Scottish people will have a choice at the end of this process – a choice between a hard brexit in the UK or to become an independent country able to secure a real partnership of equals with the rest of the UK and our own relationship with Europe.”



SNP MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell, has called on constituents to claim the benefits that they are entitled to, following the launch of a Scottish Government awareness campaign.

Throughout Scotland, it was estimated that there were over 500,000 cases of individuals or families not claiming the tax credits and other main income-related benefits they were entitled to in 2014-15 – and the campaign seeks to correct this by raising awareness through a week of radio and press adverts.


Commenting, Aileen said:


“It is vitally important that families and individuals get the support that they are entitled to and the support that they need – and I encourage everyone across Clydesdale to check what support that can receive through the social security system.


“The initiative has the backing of a number of key social security organisations, including Citizens Advice Scotland, One Parent Families Scotland and Age Scotland – and CAS are working closely with the Scottish Government in providing a dedicated web page that supplies all information on benefits and tax credits.


“People throughout Clydesdale might be missing out on a whole range of benefits that they are entitled too – causing their existing income to become increasingly stretched and leaving many in financial difficulty. By raising awareness that there is a whole range of benefits that people can claim, we can help to alleviate the difficulties that many people face on a day to day basis.


“I encourage all local people across Clydesdale to use the resources available and to check what benefits that they are entitled to – and to make use of the services available through the Scottish Government and third sector to ensure that they aren’t missing out on financial support.


“The Scottish Government is committed to putting dignity and respect at the heart of social security policy in Scotland, and this campaign is a step in the right direction towards doing that.”



Latest figures released by the Scottish Government have shown that school leavers across South Lanarkshire are going on to positive destinations in greater numbers than previously.


In 2015-16, 94.1% of school leavers in positive destinations went onto positive destinations after leaving school in South Lanarkshire – an increase of 1% in the past year, and up 4.3% since 2011-12. The figures also showed that 43% of leavers went into higher education, whilst 22% went into employment in 2015-16.

The SNP has made education its number one priority in this parliament and is committed to improving education standards in our schools and giving our young people the best opportunities in life.


Commenting, SNP MSP for Clydesdale, Aileen Campbell said:


“The Scottish Government is committed to continually improving standards in our schools and ensuring that young people have opportunities to go on to work, education or training and make the best start in adult life.


“Our schools across Clydesdale are benefitting from this commitment from the Scottish Government and are making excellent progress in helping our young people have the best chances in life – and additional spending in the budget and the funding to close the attainment gap will go further still to helping more young people from South Lanarkshire find positive destinations after leaving school.


“I’m delighted to see 94.1% of school leavers in South Lanarkshire now going to positive destinations such as employment, training, university or college after leaving school. This shows the continued progress the Scottish Government is making to give young people across Clydesdale the best start in life.”

SNP MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell has called on Clydesdale residents to submit nominations for the South Lanarkshire Volunteering Awards.


The South Lanarkshire Volunteering Awards will be held during Volunteers’ Week (1st-7th June 2017). There are five categories open for nomination, these are: Volunteer of the Year; Young Volunteer of the Year; Long-Serving Volunteer; Volunteering Organisation of the Year and Trustee/Committee Member of the Year.


Commenting, Aileen said:


“Communities across Clydesdale benefit from the positive impact of volunteers who so often go the extra mile.

“This is an ideal opportunity to celebrate and recognise exceptional voluntary work.

“We can say a big thank you to local volunteers by submitting nominations today.”





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