Here we are again at the end of another year. And what a year 2016 has been, when you look back over the events that have defined it, both locally and nationally, it’s astonishing to think it all happened in the same 12 month period. Nearly the same length of time it takes to get your bins emptied…. but more of that later.
This year’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ proved to be a huge hit once again in Stirling after local MP Steven Paterson and MSP Bruce Crawford raised £381 for MacMillan Cancer Support.
Coffee mornings took place across the country on 30th September, encouraging people to donate cakes, treats, and home baking in an effort to raise as much money as possible for the charity. Mr Paterson and Mr Crawford held their joint event in the Stirling Smith Museum and Art Gallery.
MacMillan works to support those who are battling cancer as well as their families by offering advice as well as helping with financial concerns whilst someone is undergoing treatment, volunteers are available to assist from the moment someone is diagnosed with cancer.
Stirling’s MP Steven Paterson has met with representatives of the Central Scotland Regional Equality Council (CSREC) to discuss challenges facing minority groups in the Stirling Constituency last week.
CSREC works to promote equality and tackle hate crime and discrimination – operating in the Falkirk, Stirling, and Clackmannanshire area.
Mr Paterson discussed a number of issues, including that of hate crime figures for the Stirling area, with Daniel Jones, Equality Engagement Officer for CSREC.
SNP politicians in Stirling have welcomed the Scottish Government’s recently announced draft budget.
The announcement by Finance Secretary Derek MacKay sets out the SNP Scottish Government’s spending plans for 2017/18. Details include:
– Freezing the basic rate of income tax, protecting the income of the lowest paid earners.
– £120 million in additional funding from the Scottish Government to tackle closing the attainment gap.
– Protecting Scotland’s policing budget in real terms.
– Protecting the Fire and Rescue Service budget in cash terms.
– A record £304 million invested into NHS Scotland – more than any other party pledged to invest.
– 32.3% increase in funding to mental health services.
– Over £60 million committed to support the doubling of free childcare from 600 to 1,140 hours.
– Supporting free further/higher education.
– Protecting free prescriptions.
– Committing to working with others to fund a transformational City Region Deal for Stirling.
Lesley’s views on land reform were expressed in a forth right manner and pulled no punches and it made for a thoughtful and interesting debate after. Lesley took lots of questions from the floor and I think everyone who was there left with something to think about.
Stirling MP Steven Paterson recently met with Start-Up Stirling Foodbank to discuss challenges facing the charity organisation in the run-up to the Christmas period.
Last year, the period over Christmas was one of the busiest faced by Start-Up Stirling since it was established.
Mr Paterson is calling on locals to support Start-Up over Christmas with donations of food and other items which will be used to support individuals and families facing severe financial difficulties.
SNP Councillor Graham Houston has hailed the final business case for a new Care Hub for Stirling.
The care village was a flagship policy for the SNP minority Administration (2007-2012) when Councillor Houston was Leader of the Council.
SNP MP Steven Paterson has said that Andy and Jamie Murray “richly deserve” a legacy after years of “dedication and hard work” in tennis.
Steven Paterson, the SNP MP for Stirling, made the comments as he led an adjournment debate in the House of Commons on the sporting legacy of the brothers.
Steven Paterson, Member of Parliament for the Stirling Constituency, has revealed that the winning design for his annual Christmas card competition is Chloe Donnachie, a Primary 3 pupil at Deanston Primary School.
The winter festival incorporates the three traditional Scottish celebratory events that encompass our deepest winter time, St Andrews Day, Hogmanay and Burns Night.
Of course there is the small matter of Christmas tucked in the period too! And here at Stirling SNP we have a host of events to keep the winter warmed up and to help raise some funds for the forthcoming year of campaigning. This coming 2017 we have a council election to win and campaigning costs money so we need our members and supporters help.