Campaigns

On this page you will find information about local campaigns which Renfrewshire Labour are running and local initiatives which we support.

| Kids Need Our Ward (KNOW) | Together We're Stronger |

| Paisley 2021 |


Kids Need Our Ward (KNOW)

Labour MSP Neil Bibby and Councillor Carolann Davidson, a founding member of KNOW confront SNP Health Minister Shona Robison about the SNP axe hanging over our Children's Ward.Of 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 in Glasgow.

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 Children's Ward.

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.


Together We're Stronger

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.

We do 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.

In 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 services. 

The Nationalists have been in power in Scotland for ten years and in that time:

  • The gap between the richest and rest in our schools has grown.

  • Seven out of eight key health targets are not being met.

  • Our police service faces a funding shortfall of almost £200million.

  • Rail passengers have faced cancellations, delays and overcrowding on a daily basis.

You can read the full report by clicking here

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 pledge at www.togetherstronger.scot.


Paisley 2021

Renfrewshire 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.

The previous 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 local economy.

Former 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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