HamishMacQueen

On Friday 5 July, Hamish MacQueen passed away. The word legend is over-used. In the case of Hamish MacQueen it is however very fitting.

Hamish would have hated such attention or praise. His contribution to the SNP and independence movement was immense. His commitment absolute.

When I moved to Maryhill in 1999 his reputation was already the stuff of legend. The stories extraordinary. His support of me whilst cutting my political teeth in Maryhill SNP is something I will be forever grateful for. Carrying the Maryhill SNP banner at rallies beside Hamish are some of my happiest memories in politics.

Hamish touched the lives of so many. God bless.

I have received a number of enquiries from constituents about postal votes. Here is some advice on what to do.

A number of constituents have contacted me regarding the imminent changes to the SPT ZoneCard system. This will see a dramatic change in both the zones and pricing structure. Many of my constituents in Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn now face significant, unfair price increases. This is particularly pronounced for those who now find themselves traveling from just outside the new Zone One into Glasgow city.

In the UK you are legally required to show photo identification (ID) when voting at a polling station at the UK General Election on 4 July 2024

Offpeakfares

The trial of scrapping peak-time ScotRail fares has been extended by further 3 months until the end of September - this will mean off-peak fares all summer.

The scheme has seen the cost of a rush hour ticket between Glasgow and Edinburgh being nearly halved, from £28.90 down to £14.90.

I met with Gibson Engineering last year to learn of their plans to re-open The Caley and was greatly encouraged by what I heard. Therefore the recent announcement that they hope to employ 1,000 workers over the next 5 years, and potentially 5,000 over the next decade, is wonderful news.

Bob Doris MSP inside the Scottish Parliament speaking at the MND Scotland awareness event.

It was a privilege to host MND Scotland's annual parliamentary event in The Scottish Parliament on Tuesday night (16 April). The annual event is always hugely powerful, particularly meeting those living with MND, their families and their friends. As well as all those working to improve care.

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The Scottish Government’s Warmer Homes Scotland programme has funding and more help available for households to install energy-efficient home improvements.

Image that with text that says 'SNP Scottish Government Increases Social Security Payments by 6.7%'

Everyone who receives support from Social Security Scotland will see an increase in the amount of assistance they receive from the start of April. All devolved social security payments will be uprated in line with inflation.
 
In the 2024/25 Scottish budget the SNP prioritised helping those who need it the most, despite real-term cuts being imposed on our Scottish Parliament by the UK Government.
 
Vital supports such as the Scottish Child Payment, the Winter Heating Payment and the Young Carer grant will all go up by 6.7%.
 
To apply or find out more, visit www.mygov.scot/browse/benefits
 
Or, if I can help in any way, please get in touch with my office at www.bob-doris.scot/contact

maryhillroad

Maryhill Road will be closed for 4 days 8am on Saturday 30 March until 6pm on Tuesday 2 April, between Queen Margaret Drive and Kelvindale Road.

Glasgow City Council are advising drivers to avoid the road during the works if they can, and there will be a diversion in place.

The road is being closed for resurfacing. I have made a number of representations to the Council on behalf of constituents about the condition of the road. As such, I am delighted work is now being made to provide a long-term solution – not just patching the road.

While I know this will cause delays, I do hope all road users will benefit from this significant investment by Glasgow City Council.

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