Working Towards a Greener, Cleaner Future

A call from local MP Patricia Gibson for the UK government to work more closely with Holyrood to achieve the aims set out in the Climate Change Bill, which was recently voted on by the Scottish Parliament. There is an increasing need for global action to tackle climate change and more and more people now …

The sanctity of growth is blocking our future

Richard Lane from Extinction Rebellion Glasgow says that if the economic bottom line continues to be growth, climate action will not get close to tackling the extent of the ecological crisis we face. There can’t be anyone now who doesn’t appreciate that we’re living in a period of ecological emergency. Extinction Rebellion and the Youth …

Saving the lives of mothers and babies

In this article North Ayrshire and Arran MP Patricia Gibson, reports on a debate she led at Westminster on an issue very close to her, concerning the dangerous condition in pregnancy known as pre-eclampsia. Every year, around 40,000 women globally die from complications in pregnancy because of a devastating condition called pre-eclampsia, a condition characterized …

20p for a Clean Planet – Scotland Leads the way with the Circular Economy

Published in online paper Bella Caledonia 09.05.19 The environmental movement is racking up victories as consciousness breaks through and policy catches up. Environmental campaigners today welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of the scope of Scotland’s deposit return system, which will be the first country in the UK to introduce such a scheme. Ministers have confirmed …

Action on Littering and Packaging

Kenneth Gibson, Arran’s local MSP, discusses the problem of litter and sets out some of the actions being taken by the Scottish government under the National Litter Strategy. The recent announcement of the introduction of a deposit return scheme (see also the article in this issue ’20 p for a clean climate’), will also reduce …

Investing in Arran’s Mountain Biking Success

Arran’s MSP Kenneth Gibson reports on the recent further investment in mountain biking by the Scottish government. He points to how this will help expand the island’s established biking trails, support more adventure tourism, and benefit the local thriving mountain biking community. Arran is already home to an enviable network of mountain bike trails. These …

UK government strips over 75s of free TV licences

Arran’s MP Patricia Gibson has hit out at the UK Government over their treatment of pensioners during a Westminster debate last Wednesday which demanded that the Tories honour their 2017 manifesto pledge to maintain free TV licences for the over-75s. From 01 April, the colour licence fee increased to £154.50 a year. All households with …

Tackling Climate Change at Home and Overseas

A report from Kenneth Gibson, MSP for Cunninghame North. Communities across Scotland, including on Arran, will soon benefit from new support from the SNP Government to tackle climate change and embrace the transition to a carbon-neutral society. The SNP Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) provides support and grants for community-led organisations tackling climate change by …

Post offices are again under threat

A report from local MP, Patricia Gibson. Post offices have been at the heart of communities across Scotland for generations, providing vital financial and communications services and adapting to suit the times. In the digital age, the Post Office faces considerable challenges and an increasingly uncertain future. While many other nationalised industries and services were …