SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has made his first speech in the 5th session of Scottish Parliament as the Constituency MSP for Greenock & Inverclyde.
A proud moment for Mr McMillan, he has highlighted the need to serve Greenock & Inverclyde with a pride, passion and determination to promote the many positive aspects of the constituency whilst working to address the challenges Greenock & Inverclyde face.
Commenting, Stuart McMillan MSP said:
“Today’s debate on Taking Scotland Forward is an excellent opportunity to highlight Greenock and Inverclyde’s many positives as well as some of the challenges we face.
“Throughout the recent election and yesterday in Parliament, the First Minister has placed education as a priority for the Scottish Government. Inverclyde has already been the recipient of funding from the first tranche of funding from the Attainment Challenge Fund.
“I am committed to helping the local economy grow to be strong, sustainable, fair and inclusive. Carrying on the work of the previous hard work of the SNP Government, Fergusons now employ over 200 people with orders worth £120M for three new CMAL Ferries. Last week, we have had the fabulous news that Calmac are the preferred bidder to undertake the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services for the next 8 years. This maintains their HQ in Gourock which helps the sustainability of the Gourock economy.
“We also have positive news this week regarding 6 cruise liners visiting Greenock in 4 days as well as an increased interest in Gourock being a location for tourists. There is an ever increasing opportunity for Inverclyde to pursue a strong tourism proposition with marine tourism being a wonderful opportunity to grow our economy.
“We also have some challenges. I have long been campaigning for further investment in flood prevention for the A8 corridor and will pursue an attempt to find a long term sustainable solution. My campaign against the proliferation of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals in Inverclyde is also a major priority, with 71 terminals in January 2016 being recorded with £60m being spent on them.
“The next 5 years will present a tremendous amount of opportunities and challenges for Greenock & Inverclyde. I have the honour of my life to work hard for our wonderful area and I will do it with pride, passion and determination.”