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Stuart McDonald MP

for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East

I was delighted to support the Fancy Dress Flame Awareness campaign today in Parliament.

With the 31st of October just around the corner, it’s important that parents and kids remember to stay safe this Halloween by checking fancy dress costumes and avoiding naked flames.

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY – EMPLOYMENT FAYRE – – FEBRUARY 2017

Following our successful Cumbernauld & Kilsyth Employment Fayre earlier this year, Jamie Hepburn MSP and I are organising another for early next year.

This time, we are delighted to be working in partnership with New College Lanarkshire to deliver the event, and also grateful that The Food and Drink Hub for Scotland have once agreed to support the Employment Fayre with free refreshments for exhibitors and visitors.

An event like this requires a lot of advance preparation, so we are starting to send invitations to potential exhibitors now. If there is anyone in particular you would like to see at the Employment Fayre, please let us know. It could be a particular sector you are interested in or a major employer. We want this event to be as useful as possible for people in the area, so please let us know what you are looking for.

Cumbernauld & Kilsyth Employment Fayre will take place on Friday 3 February in Cumbernauld New Town Hall. More details to follow.

Along with Rona Mackay MSP and Cllr David Ritchie, I am hosting a Winter Advice Surgery and Coffee Morning in Lennoxtown this Saturday 29 October.

As well as a free cuppa and cake (or two), there will be a number of organisations there to offer advice – Home Energy Scotland, Citizens Advice Bureau, Kirkintilloch Men’s Shed and Ceartas.

Rona, David and I will also be on hand to assist you with any issues.

10.30am – 12.00pm in Campsie Memorial Hall, Lennoxtown.

All welcome!

 

Last week I was interviewed on Scotland 2016 to talk about the UK Government’s decision to close Dungavel Immigration Detention Centre.

Like my party, I have long been a critic of immigration detention as a whole. However, I am deeply concerned about the plans to simply replace Dungavel with a new ‘rapid removal facility’ in Glasgow.

Rather than reducing the number of people detained, there is a risk that this move will see people taken further away from their friends, families and legal representation.

Delighted to support the biggest, brightest and pinkest fundraiser, “wear it pink”! Back for its 15th year, it calls on supporters across the country to add a flash of pink to their wardrobe for the day and raise money for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving breast cancer research and help Breast Cancer Now towards their ambition that, by 2050, everyone that develops the disease will live.

Find out more here – http://wearitpink.org/

Separately, I was delighted to join Jamie Hepburn MSP to present a cheque to another charity – Breast Cancer Care – as the proceeds from our recent ‘strawberry tea’ event in Cumbernauld New Town Hall. Thanks again to everyone who came along to support!

WINTER SURGERY IN KILSYTH

This Saturday (22nd October) Jamie Hepburn MSP, Cllr Alan Stevenson and I are holding a Winter Advice Surgery from 10.30 – 12.00 in the Burngreen Hall, Kilsyth.

Jamie, Alan and I will be in attendance as will be CACE, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Citizens Advice Bureau, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Unemployed Workers Centre, Home Energy Scotland and Cumbernauld & Kilsyth School Uniform Bank – all there to offer advice and assistance.

Tea, coffee and cakes will be provided – courtesy of Tesco Craigmarloch.

All welcome

Over the past few months I have been contacted by a number of constituents struggling to get by because they have had their tax credits withheld by the firm Concentrix on the basis of completely unsubstantiated allegations around number of hours work or whether a person is still living alone. There have been some notorious examples around the UK – for example a single parent accused of living with someone called R S McColl, because that was where she was collecting benefits from the post office.

Yesterday morning I spoke about the appalling performance of Concentrix in dealing with tax credits claimants. I highlighted the ongoing problems faced by constituents that have been let down by Concentrix and called on HMRC to fully repay those who have lost out.

Because there was so much interest in the debate each MP only got two minutes – so you can watch half a speech here!

http://parliamentlive.tv/…/4a7627f1-734d-4711-ab42-402fcc14…

Pleased to meet with some fantastic organisations, charities and businesses at SNP conference to discuss a wide range of issues – including Barnardos, Scottish CND, Electrical Safety First, Guide Dogs, Cancer Research, Royal Mail, WWF, Inclusion Scotland, Trussell Trust and NSPCC.

Very pleased to have the opportunity to second the opening motion of SNP conference this morning – Kirkintilloch Branch SNP’s motion condemning xenophobia, predjudice and intolerance, and wecloming the positive contribution of international citizens in Scotland!

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