McMillan hails impact of No Knives Better Lives campaign

Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde welcomed a report into the No Knives Better Lives (NKBL) campaign that shows the number of Scottish youths convicted of handling an offensive weapon has fallen by 85% in the past decade. Since the NKBL programme began in 2009, the amount of young people aged under 18 convicted […]

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School leavers across Inverclyde heading for work or study

YOUNG PEOPLE SETTING UP FOR SUCCESS AFTER SCHOOL Latest figures from the Scottish Government show that school leavers in Inverclyde continue to go on to positive destinations after finishing secondary school – with 92.3% of young people in Inverclyde going into further or higher education, employment or training nine months after leaving school. This is […]

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SNP MSP visits RNIB Connect Community Cafe

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan visited a café with a difference on Wednesday [June 19th]. Located within the Edinburgh headquarters of sight loss charity RNIB Scotland, the Connect Community Café is staffed by people who are blind or partially sighted. As chair of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Visual Impairment, Stuart has […]

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Tory MSP must back cross-party calls for free TV licenses

OVER 4,000 OVER 75s TO LOSE OUT IN INVERCLYDE SNP MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde has challenged regional Tory MSP Jamie Greene to get behind calls to stop free TV licences for over-75s being scrapped, after Tory leaders refused to sign a cross-party letter criticising the plans. Figures revealed that 4,363 of people in Inverclyde […]

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SNP drive to end fuel poverty in Scotland

MSP SAYS NEW BILL WILL “MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE” IN INVERCLYDE MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Stuart McMillan, has given his backing to the Scottish Government’s world-leading Fuel Poverty Bill that was passed unanimously by MSPs this week [11th June]. Under the plans no more than 5% of households in Scotland will be in fuel […]

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Employment in Scotland rises to record high

CONTINUED GROWTH IN SCOTLAND DESPITE WESTMINSTER SHAMBLES SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has praised new figures showing that Scotland’s employment rate has risen to 75.9% – the highest on record. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that Scotland’s employment rate rose to 75.9% for February to April 2019 and the unemployment rate fell […]

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Serious violent crime in Inverclyde halved over last decade

SNP APPROACH TO JUSTICE WORKING FOR COMMUNITIES New analysis has revealed that serious violent crime has fallen by 53% in Inverclyde in a decade. Police recorded crime figures have revealed that serious assault and attempted murder cases fell by 53% in Inverclyde between 2008/09 and 2017/18 and by 38% across Scotland. A separate study into […]

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Stuart McMillan MSP connects with high-speed broadband

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan visited Openreach engineers working on an installation of ultrafast broadband technology for new homes in Gourock on Friday (7 June 2019). He saw a ‘full fibre’ network being built directly into the new homes near Kirn Gardens to deliver ultrafast internet connections. The future-proof, reliable services can carry speeds […]

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More women in Scotland taking up football

Stuart McMillan MSP has welcomed new figures from the Scottish Football Association (SFA) that show the number of women playing football in Scotland has doubled in the past five years. The figures obtained by the SNP shows that the number of women and girls registered with the SFA has jumped from 7,126 in 2014-15 to […]

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Inverclyde MSP supports call to scale down cancer

Stuart McMillan MSP attended an event run by Cancer Research UK in the Scottish Parliament recently to support the charity’s ‘Scale Down Cancer’ campaign to help prevent obesity-related cancers across Scotland. The MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde heard from Professor Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK’s prevention expert, and met the fundraisers, volunteers and scientists from […]

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Inverclyde benefits from over £1.3m CashBack for Communities funding

Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde has welcomed the news that Inverclyde has received £1,342,029 (£1.34m) in CashBack for Communities funding since the Scottish Government Programme was introduced in 2008. The CashBack for Communities scheme reinvests criminal assets into community projects that support young people into positive destinations, diverting some away from potentially criminal […]

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McMillan demands urgent action to fix Newark Roundabout

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP, Stuart McMillan, has today demanded urgent action from Transport Scotland to fix the abysmal road surface at Newark roundabout. The local SNP MSP has twice contacted Transport Scotland asking for the road to be repaired, but has been told that this will not happen until October as the defect is not […]

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McMillan hosts FSB Spring Reception highlighting migrant contribution to Scotland’s economy

On Wednesday 8 May, Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde hosted the Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) Spring Reception at Holyrood celebrating the positive economic impact of migration to Scotland. The event focused on about FSB’s new research into migrant entrepreneurship and celebrated the contribution of business people not born in Scotland to our […]

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Stuart McMillan MSP backs Marie Curie call

Stuart McMillan MSP has lent his support to help improve the lives of people in Scotland living with terminal illness. Meeting with representatives from Marie Curie, the terminal illness charity, Stuart was interested to hear about efforts to ensure that everyone should get the care and support they need at the end of life. Marie […]

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Tory welfare cuts drive record foodbank use

UNIVERSAL CREDIT ‘KEY DRIVER’ OF INCREASING NEED FOR FOOD PARCELS The number of emergency parcels handed out by food banks in Scotland rose by nearly a quarter over the last year, according to the UK’s largest food bank provider. The Trussell Trust said its food banks provided more than 210,000 packages to people in crisis […]

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MSPs pledge to fight MS during MS Awareness Week

This Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week (22-28 April), MS Society Scotland were in the Scottish Parliament to raise awareness of the important role research plays in the lives of people affected by MS. MS affects more than 11,000 people in Scotland and can cause problems with how we walk, move, see, think and feel. But […]

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Labour must “get on board” with full devolution of rail

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has called on Labour MSPs to get behind the full devolution of rail services to Scotland, after a former Labour transport minister urged that the Scottish Parliament be given full responsibility over Network Rail. Tom Harris, a senior adviser to the Rail Review, said that all lines, signals, stations and infrastructure […]

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Local MSP hosts event to get Inverclyde’s creative juices flowing

On Wednesday 10 April, Stuart McMillan MSP welcomed Creative Scotland to the Tontine Hotel for an event bringing together local stakeholders from the creative sector. Creative Scotland’s Executive Director, Screen Isabel Davis, and Place, Partnerships and Communities Officer, Karen Dick, gave a presentation before taking questions from the audience, which consisted of over 40 local […]

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EU citizens urged to stay in Inverclyde

MSP: “YOU WILL ALWAYS REMAIN WELCOME IN SCOTLAND” SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has made an impassioned plea to EU citizens living in Greenock and Inverclyde to stay in Scotland amid ongoing Brexit uncertainty. This week the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, made a commitment to EU citizens that Scotland remains their home – promising to continue […]

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UK Govt must end WASPI injustice, says local MSP

SNP MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Stuart McMillan, has demanded the UK Tory government end the pension injustice for thousands of women across Scotland. Speaking in a Scottish Parliament debate (3rd April), the local MSP challenged the Prime Minister and Work & Pensions Secretary to support those who have been adversely affected by the acceleration […]

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