all the things Labour can be proud of achieving in government,
the one that towers above the rest is our National Health
Service. Nearly 70 years ago, a Labour government set up
the NHS based on patient need, not the ability the pay. It is
doubtless that anyone here in Renfrewshire has not called on the
NHS when they or someone they care for needed medical help.
But now, after a decade of an SNP Government at Holyrood, our
health service is in distress.
As a result of the SNPís mismanagement NHS Greater Glasgow and
Clyde are proposing to close the paediatric ward at the RAH and
move children's in patient care to either Yorkhill or the Royal
Hospital for Children at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
The Kids Need Our Ward (KNOW) campaign, spearheaded by local
people who are deeply alarmed by these proposals has been
supported from the outset by the local Labour Party and we have
joined the groups members at events aimed at highlighting to the
wider population of Renfrewshire the threat facing our
This month, local Labour MSP Neil Bibby, members of Renfrewshire
Council's Labour Group, along with our general election
candidates, Alison Taylor and Alison Dowling joined with
concerned parents and local residents at a protest event
attended by Scottish Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale MSP and
Labour's Shadow Health Minister Anas Sarwar MSP.
Neil Bibby MSP, our local Councillors and general election
candidates were also on hand to support members of the KNOW
campaign when the SNP Health Minister Shona Robison paid a
fleeting visit to Paisley to attend an invitation only meeting
arranged by SNP MP Mhairi Black which shut out many of the key
members of the KNOW campaign from having their voices heard.
Labour fully support keeping our Children's Ward open and we
will fight every day to protect our NHS: it is in our DNA.
Earlier this month, the SNP Scottish Government announced plans
to seek a second referendum on the issue of Scottish
independence less than three years after the people of Scotland
gave a firm No to such a proposal.
not believe it is in the interests of Scotland to pursue a
further divisive referendum or seek separation from the rest of
the UK, our biggest trading partners. To do so would compound
the economic uncertainties which Brexit will create for Scottish
families and Scottish businesses and which would still leave
Scotland outside the E.U. in a much weakened position if
applying for E.U. membership.
pushing for a second independence referendum the SNP have
exposed their desire for separation at any cost. Scottish
Labour this week have published a report detailing a decade of
division which has been caused by the SNPs focus on separation
and the damaging impact that this has had on Scotlandís public
Nationalists have been in power in Scotland for ten years and in
The gap between the richest and rest in our schools has
Seven out of eight key health targets are not being met.
Our police service faces a funding shortfall of almost
Rail passengers have faced cancellations, delays and
overcrowding on a daily basis.
Labour in Renfrewshire and Labour in Scotland believes that
together we're stronger. If you agree then join the fight
against a divisive second independence referendum and sign our
Labour proudly supports Paisley's bid to become the UK City of
Culture in 2021 with a £56m plan to create a national museum of
textile and design.
The bid focuses on promoting the town's historic textile and
weaving industries, which created the Paisley Shawl and the
famous Paisley Pattern.
Labour administration spearheaded efforts to secure City of
Culture status for Paisley and will press the new administration
to continue Labour's efforts to back the bid.
The regeneration of the town's culture
sector could help support 250 new jobs and bring £88m to the
Council leader Mark Macmillan said: "Paisley was once at the
heart of the global textile industry and by connecting that
heritage to the future through a new transformed museum, we aim
to bring the world to Paisley. The museum will become the
cultural, social and economic heart of the town. It will be
transformed for tourists and local families alike, and be the
base for extensive community outreach supporting weaving,
natural history, science and nature."
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