Steel­ing my­self for in­dus­try fight

Rutherglen Reformer - - Memory Lane -

Con­fer­ence sea­son is draw­ing to a close. The SNP’s four-day event this week marks the last of the ma­jor party con­fer­ences, with the UK’s third largest po­lit­i­cal party gath­er­ing in Aberdeen to dis­cuss all man­ner of top­ics.

Un­for­tu­nately I’ll miss most of it as I’ll be at Par­lia­ment, and then at an emer­gency sum­mit called by the UK Gov­ern­ment on the cri­sis fac­ing the steel in­dus­try.

The news this week that the SSI Red­car steel­works are to be shut with the loss of 2200 jobs is ab­so­lutely dev­as­tat­ing to the Bri­tish steel in­dus­try.

I’ve been in close, reg­u­lar con­tact with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Tata Steel over the fu­ture of the busi­ness at their Dalzell steel­works in Cam­bus­lang and will be fight­ing their cor­ner at the sum­mit.

The UK Gov­ern­ment needs to de­cide what kind of steel in­dus­try it wants, and they need to have a proper plan in place to help it not only sur­vive, but thrive.

It’s time for bold lead­er­ship in­stead of bold but empty talk of a ‘North­ern Pow­er­house’.

I have been im­pressed how­ever at the bold lead­er­ship be­ing shown in Scot­land with a dif­fer­ent in­dus­try.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment an­nounced a mora­to­rium on frack­ing at the start of the year, and last week de­tailed a full timetable for the health and safety assess­ments, and public con­sul­ta­tion, on the con­tro­ver­sial gas ex­trac­tion tech­nique.

This has now also been fol­lowed up with a mora­to­rium on un­der­ground coal gasi­fi­ca­tion, another un­con­ven­tional and con­tro­ver­sial method of gas ex­trac­tion.

I have re­ceived quite a lot of emails form con­cerned con­stituents about both of these gas re­cov­ery meth­ods, and am pleased that the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment are lis­ten­ing. Pauline Caf­fer­key

I was sad­dened to hear the news that the lo­cal nurse who fought Ebola last year, Pauline Caf­fer­key, is hav­ing to un­dergo treat­ment once again due to a com­pli­ca­tion of the in­fec­tion.

Pauline is a brave woman, who had orig­i­nally trav­elled to Sierra Leone to help deal with the Ebola cri­sis and ended up bat­tling the in­fec­tion her­self.

I hope she makes a full and speedy re­cov­ery from this latest set­back. Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil sur­vey

I at­tended an event at the Cam­bus­lang In­sti­tute last week which saw Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil un­veil their find­ings from the sur­vey they re­cently car­ried out.

I’m im­pressed with what they’ve achieved, and with over 1000 re­spon­dents the re­sults of the sur­vey give a very ac­cu­rate over­view of how res­i­dents feel about the town.

What re­ally shone through though is the level of en­thu­si­asm shown by the Com­mu­nity Coun­cil.

There is an un­mis­tak­able pas­sion and drive to im­prove the area, to take mat­ters into their own hands and de­liver re­gen­er­a­tion.

As a res­i­dent in the area my­self, I’m ex­cited at the am­bi­tious plans be­ing worked out, and the de­vel­op­ment of a new com­mu­nity strat­egy that has the po­ten­tial to see Cam­bus­lang truly trans­formed into a bet­ter place that suits the needs and lives of those liv­ing here.

The UK Gov­ern­ment needs to de­cide what kind of steel in­dus­try it wants

Back­ing Mar­garet Ferrier MP hopes to pro­tect the Bri­tish steel in­dus­try

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