Coatbridge & Chryston MSP speaks up for community over 500 times during term

Fulton MacGregor, Coatbridge & Chryston MSP

Coatbridge and Chryston MSP Fulton MacGregor has now spoken in the Scottish Parliament over 500 times since his election in May 2016 according to information on the TheyWorkForYou website.

 

This website allows constituents to follow the speaking activities of their Parliamentarians. Unlike for MPs in the UK Parliament the data does not include committee work and only records contributions in the Parliament Chamber.

 

Commenting Mr MacGregor said:

 

“Coatbridge is my home town where I was born and bred and every day I’m immensely proud to represent Coatbridge and Chryston in our Scottish Parliament. I was quite surprised to learn that I have already spoken in the Chamber over 500 times – MSPs are incredibly busy and it just kind of catches up with you.

 

“When I was elected I promised to be a strong voice for my constituency and I hope people feel that I have been that regardless of how they voted in 2016. These five hundred or so contributions are made up of hundreds of speeches, hundreds of questions to Ministers and also include interventions during debates.

 

“I have used my Member’s Debate time to highlight a variety of issues such as support for missing people following the tragic case of local man Sean McKenna and the ongoing work of his family. I have also held debates on the Give them Time Campaign and the right to deferred entry at school, and on increasing paternity leave to tackle inequality.

 

“I have and will continue to speak on a whole range of issues of national importance and I always make the point of reflecting on how these are impacting on people in my constituency. I regularly take the opportunity to highlight the fantastic work of local voluntary organisations, businesses, schools, other statutory services and individuals and how their inspiration can shape the national agenda.

 

“I also take every opportunity to ask Ministers questions about specific issues affecting people in Coatbridge & Chryston. This has often led to delivering real results. Two such examples include securing cast iron guarantees on the future of a new Monklands Hospital from the Health Secretary, and securing an independent review initiated by the Depute First Minister into long standing concerns at Buchanan and St Ambrose schools ultimately bringing some clarity and a way forward through the establishment of a Site Recovery Group.

 

“My priority as MSP is always first and foremost my constituents. My team and I have taken forward thousands of individual cases for constituents and I’ll never shy away from an issue that affects the area whether that’s the proposed incinerator at Carnbroe, the protection of the Stepps Greenbelt, the Shawhead Flyover or standing up against cuts to vital local services.

 

“My message to constituents is clear: I will continue to represent Coatbridge and Chryston to the best of my ability for the rest of this parliament term and hopefully, if you are happy with me come the election in May 2021, for several more years to come. “

 

BUDGET DEAL WILL MEAN EXTRA £6 MILLION FOR NORTH LANARKSHIRE COUNCIL

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SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor has welcomed an agreement to pass the Scottish Government that will see North Lanarkshire receive an additional £6.045 Million in the next year.

The amended budget will also see the Scottish Government take the radical step of introducing free bus travel for those aged 18 and under from January 2021.

Police will benefit from a total uplift of £60 million in the next financial year, with £13m of additional investment in frontline services and a further £5m of additional capital investment, on top of the £42m already committed.

Commenting, Fulton MacGregor said:

“This SNP budget invests a record £15bn in health and care services, delivers Scotland’s unique child payment to lift our youngest out of poverty and supports Scotland’s world-leading efforts to tackle the climate crisis.

“The Scottish Government had already backed Police Scotland with a budget increase of £42m.  That will now increase that support to £60m overall with £50m of investment for frontline services.

“North Lanarkshire will benefit from our share of an extra £95m for local government – with an extra £6 million of investment Labour now have no excuse to close Kilbowie.

“We have made significant investments to tackle the climate crisis, with funding for a green deal, low carbon travel and £1.8bn of low emission infrastructure.

“The introduction of free bus travel for those aged 18 and under will make an enormous difference to young people – and alongside the £500 million bus infrastructure fund will help deliver a step change in the use of public transport.

“This budget is a good deal for North Lanarkshire and a good deal for Scotland – and I’m delighted it is now set to receive the support of the Scottish Parliament.

“In light of the Scottish Government’s willingness to compromise on issues identified by all parties, I hope every party can get behind the budget tomorrow.”

MORE NORTH LANARKSHIRE SCHOOL LEAVERS IN POSITIVE DESTINATIONS

RECORD PROPORTION OF YOUNG SCOTS IN STUDY, WORK OR TRAINING AFTER SCHOOL

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SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor has welcomed new figures showing more North Lanarkshire school leavers are in study, work or training than a decade ago.

Across Scotland, a record proportion of young people were in a positive destination three months after leaving school last year. The gap between those from the most and least deprived communities achieving a positive destination is the lowest since 2009-10.

In North Lanarkshire, the number of unemployed school leavers seeking work fell from 11.3% in 2009/10 to 3.6% in 2018/19.

Over the same time period the number of school leavers going directly to higher education rose from 35.2% to 39.9%.

Commenting, SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor said:

“It is very welcome that significant progress that more young people in North Lanarkshire are going on to positive destinations such as work and study straight from school.

“For the ninth consecutive year, more young Scots are in study, training or work three months after leaving school than ever before.

“It’s particularly welcome that the gap between the richest and poorest communities for those moving into a positive destination continues to narrow.

“Overall in North Lanarkshire 86.0% of young people we going to positive destinations in 2009/10, this has raised significantly to 94.3%

“This demonstrates that Curriculum for Excellence is delivering one of the ultimate aims of school education – to secure a positive next step in learning, life and work for our young people.”

FULTON MACGREGOR: “SCOTLAND’S NHS NOT FOR SALE”

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SNP MSP, Fulton MacGregor, has backed a bill to protect Scotland’s NHS from privatisation or increased drug fees as a result of UK trade deals.

 

Peter Grant MP for Glenrothes will bring the ‘NHS Protection Bill’ to the House of Commons tomorrow – aiming to prevent future UK Governments from signing up to trade agreements that could threaten the foundations of the health service.

 

The SNP’s bill would also give the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Parliaments and Assemblies a final say over whether trade deals impact on their NHS.

 

The proposal was a key pledge in the SNP’s manifesto in the recent General Election, which saw the party win overwhelmingly in Scotland.
Commenting, SNP MSP for Coatbridge & Chryston, Fulton MacGregor, said:
“Each of the four UK Health services are precious to those who use them and it is our duty, as elected representatives, to do everything we can to ensure our health services are protected.

“But while the Scottish Parliament has control of most aspects of health policy, we currently cannot stop Westminster governments from entering into trade deals that potentially put our NHS here in Coatbridge & Chryston at a variety of risks.

“That is why I’m backing this proposal to protect our NHS from US style privatisation.

 

“If parties are genuine in their commitment to keep the NHS out of trade deals, then there should be no politician that can’t back this bill– helping us stop any future Westminster government from trading away our most cherished public resource.

“Our NHS has been there to care for and protect us for the last 70 years – now it’s our turn to stand up and protect the NHS.”

SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT BACKS SCOTLAND’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE

flagCoatbridge & Chryston MSP Fulton MacGregor has welcomed a Holyrood vote backing the right for Scotland to hold an independence referendum.

A majority of MSPs endorsed the right of the people of Scotland to have a say over their future.

Most Scots believe that the Scottish Parliament, rather than Westminster, should decide whether there should be an independence referendum.

A Survation poll published this month found that 61% of Scots believed the matter should be for Holyrood, with only 39% believing Westminster should decide.

Commenting, SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor said:

“This week Scotland is being dragged out of the EU against our will.

“In 2014 we were promised that voting No meant staying in the EU, and many people in Coatbridge & Chryston voted on that basis.

“In a democracy, when the facts change people have the right to change their mind.

“I was elected on a manifesto commitment to hold an independence referendum in the exact circumstances we now face.

“The Scottish Parliament has backed the sovereign right of the Scottish people to determine their own future – and most people believe it should be for Holyrood to decide, not Boris Johnson.”

TORY BREXIT TO HIT MOST VULNERABLE IN COATBRIDGE & CHRYSTON

LEAVING THE EU COULD PUSH MORE PEOPLE INTO POVERTY

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A new report has warned that Brexit will hit the most vulnerable people in Coatbridge & Chryston – highlighting negative consequences such as the loss of legal rights, employment protections and healthcare rights.

 

The report, commissioned by the Scottish Government, identified 137 potential impacts on those already facing inequality, discrimination, or social exclusion in society.

 

It warns that a “hard” Brexit, along the lines of the deal which is being proposed by Boris Johnson, could lead to a slowdown in the economy with job losses increased, the cost of living and food prices pushed up and reductions in public spending.

 

The Social and Equality Impacts of Brexit” also warned that Brexit could negatively affect the supply and access to food, fuel and medicines.

 

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor said:

 

“Any form of Brexit will be bad for Scotland – and will hit jobs and household incomes in Coatbridge & Chryston.

 

“With just days until the UK is due to leave the EU, people and businesses in Coatbridge & Chryston will be understandably concerned with the complete lack of clarity coming from Boris Johnson’s government.

 

“Far from delivering extra cash for the NHS, as was infamously promised by the Leave campaign bus – those on low-incomes face losing access to public services, the ability to buy daily essentials in the case of price rises, and access to affordable housing.

 

“Coatbridge & Chryston voted to remain in the EU – just like every local authority in Scotland – and yet we’ve been entirely side-lined and ignored by the Tory government ever since.

 

“It is clearer than ever that the best future for Scotland is one as an equal, independent European nation.”

SCOTTISH NATIONAL INVESTMENT BANK GIVEN GREEN LIGHT BY MSPs

HOLYROOD PASSES PLAN TO TRANSFORM LANARKSHIRE’S ECONOMY

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SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor has said the new Scottish National Investment bank will help encourage economic growth across Lanarkshire, after the bill to introduce the body was formally agreed to in Holyrood today.

 

MSPs from all parties gave their backing to the Scottish Government’s blueprint for the investment bank that will begin investing in businesses and communities later this year – committing to invest at least £2 billion in its first ten years.

 

The bank will have an important role in helping Scotland meet its ambitious climate change targets – forming part of the SNP’s Green New Deal to kick-start investment and build the momentum needed to reduce emissions and create high quality jobs in the process.

 

Commenting, SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor said:

 

“The Scottish National Investment Bank will help us reach our world-leading climate change targets while transforming communities here in Coatbridge and Chryston.

 

“Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy, that’s why the bank will invest in firms and community projects that are looking to play their part in tackling the global climate emergency.

 

“Individuals, and small local businesses, the length and breadth of Scotland are set to benefit from this historic move as we move towards a low carbon economy fit for the future. I look forward to seeing the bank’s impact in Lanarkshire.”

SNP SHIELDING NORTH LANARKSHIRE RESIDENTS FROM TORY BEDROOM TAX

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor has welcomed Scottish Government intervention to protect North Lanarskhire residents from Tory welfare cuts.

 

New figures show that 7935 Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) were made to those on low incomes in North Lanarkshire between April and September this year.

 

The total award value spent in North Lanarkshire in this period was £4,379,977 – with an average award value of £522.

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The Scottish Government’s DHP scheme is an extra payment to help with housing costs, including cuts to the local housing allowance and covering in full the impact of the bedroom tax.

 

Mr MacGregor blasted the Tories’ continued defence of the bedroom tax.

 

The MSP for Coatbridge & Chryston said:

 

“The bedroom tax was and remains an attack on those on the lowest incomes.

 

“The Scottish Government spends millions every year shielding Scots from UK Government welfare policy.  That our devolved Government should have to protect its citizens from the cruelty of the UK state is unacceptable and unsustainable.

 

“The SNP has been mitigating the worst impacts of Tory austerity but we would not be in this position if Scotland had full control over its own affairs.

 

“We can build something better.  Social security should be about compassion and dignity but the Tories have shamelessly presided over a callous and calculated dismantling of the welfare system.

 

“The two child cap, the rape clause, the benefits freeze, in work poverty, record food bank demand and rising child poverty – this is the legacy of the Tories in Government.

 

“And now, their reckless pursuit of Brexit threatens to push yet more people into poverty – with analysis showing that a no deal Brexit would drive 130,000 Scots into poverty.

 

“We must escape Brexit, escape the Tories and put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands.  Only a vote for the SNP can do that.”

Coatbridge MSP welcomes plans to give new fathers 12 weeks paternity leave.

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Fulton MacGregor MSP has welcomed the announcement that the SNP plans to give new fathers 12 weeks paternity leave to be taken on a “use it or lose it” basis.

The promise, which will be part of the SNP’s General Election manifesto, is part of a package to enable parents to spend more time with their young children.

The plan will ultimately extend shared parental leave to 64 weeks, with the additional 12 weeks to be ring-fenced for the father in order to encourage take-up.

Commenting, Fulton MacGregor MSP for Coatbridge & Chryston said:
“I have campaigned for some time now for extension to paternity leave as research strongly indicates that where there is higher paternity leave, there are reported higher levels of gender equality.”

 

“As a father of two, I fully support these plans and know what a difference it will make across Scotland in conjunction with the SNP’s other policies to help young families. “

 

“There is plenty of research that suggests a link between longer paternity leave and greater involvement of fathers in the early lives of their children, but a minority take up their full entitlement.”

 

“We still have some way to go, especially in terms of societal expectations, but this SNP Government is clearly committed to tackling inequality”

SNP TACKLING INEQUALITY IN COATBRIDGE & CHRYSTON

NEW £11.5 MILLION FUND EMPOWERING LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Coatbridge & Chryston community groups are set to benefit from new Scottish Government funding to tackle poverty and inequality.

Around 250 community groups, social enterprises and charities across Scotland will receive a share of £11.5 million in 2019-20 through the Scottish Government’s Investing in Communities Fund.

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Projects in Coatbridge and Chryston, such as Glenboig Community Centre and Kirkshaws Neighbourhood Centre, will be supported with the new funding.

 

Local groups that will benefit from the money operate in areas as diverse as Old Monkland and the Northern Corridor.

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Further funding each year, over the next two years, will allow recipient groups to create longer-term plans and this, in turn, will help Coatbridge & Chryston’s most disadvantaged residents.

 

Local SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor said:

 

“It is incumbent upon all of us to challenge inequality wherever it rears its head.

 

“This new fund will promote community-led solutions to try and get the best possible outcomes for Coatbridge and Chryston’s most vulnerable people.

 

“The flexible, multi-year structure of the funding is geared towards sustainability.  It will give these initiatives confidence that they will have resources they need to succeed.

 

“It is the tireless dedication and compassion of all the local volunteers that allows these projects to exist.  I am confident that this funding will allow these projects to flourish.