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It was fantastic to have Nicola Sturgeon visit Maryhill and Springburn today to support my bid to win the constituency at the Scottish Parliament elections.

She visited the amazing organisation- Maryhill based Homestart Glasgow North- who offer important support to parents. Thanks to the staff and families for taking the time to chat and of course to Nicola for taking the time to support our campaign.

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I was delighted to sign the STUC pledge to protect workers rights in Scotland. The pledges protect workers human rights as well as fighting against the Tories anti-worker Trade Union Bill. In Scotland we have been engaging with our Trade Union movement to build a modern society that we all want to see, and I want to see this continue.


I have long been supportive of trade union rights. Last year I supported the STUC lobby of parliament and voted to oppose the UK Government’s ‘anti-worker’ Trade Union Bill – and raised questions over Labour’s failure to back the devolution of power over industrial relations to Scotland. The UK Government's Trade Union Bill will place significant restrictions on Trade Unions including restricting the time union representatives can spend on Trade Union activities and imposes a series of ballot thresholds which would require up to an 80% yes vote in order for workers to go on strike.

A motion condemning the Trade Union Bill was passed in the Scottish Parliament with support from Labour MSPs, despite the fact that Labour MPs at Westminster voted against an SNP amendment to the Scotland Bill to devolve responsibility for industrial relations and workers’ rights to Scotland – and chose instead to leave them under the control of the Tory government.

The Scottish Government has already asked the UK Government to exclude Scotland from the Trade Union Bill in its entirety – and that if they are unwilling to do so, the consent of the Scottish Parliament should be sought before the legislation is imposed on Scotland.

I spoke against the bill during the Chamber debate, saying: “The conservatives have declared war on the trade union movement. The Trade Union Bill is designed to provoke our unions and I suspect that the aim is to go even further than the dreadful details that are in the current proposed legislation. It effectively places workers and their union representatives in a straitjacket by denying them the ability to fight back.

“The irony is that Scotland’s trade unions—our workers’ representatives—want to talk. The UK Government has missed the fact that Scotland is engaged in a process of embracing our trade union movement and sees the unions as key partners and stakeholders in the modern society that we all want to build.

Bob anti TU bill

“The British Medical Association and the Royal College of Nurses believe it will damage and undermine the NHS and other public services.

“From what I can see, the UK Government is promoting in-work poverty by accelerating tax credit cuts. It is accelerating out-of-work poverty by conditionality and sanctions on benefits, and it is now seeking to deny the basic human right to withdraw one’s labour and do something about it when a right-wing Tory Government is attacking the very basis on which society is founded. That is the right to withdraw one’s labour for the sake of a better life for one’s self, one’s family and one’s community. We have to kill the bill.”


Tackling parking issues,
noise and litter in and around Springburn Park

The modernised football facility in Springburn Park should be an asset to the community. However it is currently causing a significant nuisance to many local residents and I have been approached by them to tackle the issues above. Whilst I have secured some action in relation to litter, a long term solution needs to be found, particularly for issues around parking and noise.

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Meetings held with SPT and Stagecoach and alternative operators being sought.

Along with Cllrs Letford and Scally, we had a constructive meeting with Ronnie Park from SPT who listened carefully to both the identified community needs in terms of retaining the G1 and G2, as well as a number of potential service improvements which could make routes more attractive to potential alternative bus companies.

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Today at the Scottish Parliament, I met with staff from Marie Curie to hear about their work and got behind the daffodil to lend my support to the Great Daffodil Appeal.

Last year they provided care and support for more than 7,400 people living with a terminal illness in Scotland.

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The G1 and G2 bus services run from Maryhill and Kelvindale to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and will be terminated by Stagecoach on April 23 after they were deemed not "commercially viable". They are new services that have run for the past six months.

The two buses take residents directly to the new hospital. Along with SNP Councillors John Letford and Franny Scally, I have met Stagecoach, but they won't budge. Despite not being willing to reverse their decision, Stagecoach acknowledged there may be ways to drive up passenger numbers and retain an important transport link for communities in areas such as Wyndford and Kelvindale.

We will be meeting with SPT to work in partnership to find a solution when we meet with them next week.

I am inundated with messages from constituents saying how much they rely on the service. I would urge constituents to sign our community petition calling for the G1 and G2 services to continue.

To sign the petition click here

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