Steeling myself for industry fight
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