Fiona Supports Scottish Sports Alliance Campaign

Fiona Hyslop MSP and Jamie Hepburn MSP i support

Photo of Fiona Hyslop MSP and Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Sport and Mental Health

Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop met with Scottish Sports Alliance to discuss why sport matters with the Government Minister for Sport and Mental Health and to add their #ISupportSport Selfie to their campaign.

Fiona commented,

“I am very pleased to support the Scottish Sports Alliance and the work they do to promote health, mental health, education and social issues. The energy you get from sport and fitness is fundamental to our physical and mental wellbeing and something that should be embraced and promoted across our communities.”

Kim Atkinson, CEO of the Scottish Sports Association, said

“We need to embrace the many benefits of participating in sport – from sheer enjoyment to positive contributions to health, mental health, education and economic productivity as highlighted by #whysportmatters. Our members provide opportunities for people of all ages to get active and we would encourage everyone to find their sport(s) and to join us in saying #isupportsport.”

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Notes to editor:

The Scottish Sports Alliance is the collective voice of the Scottish Sports Association, Scottish Student Sport and the Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils. Collectively the three organisations represent 52 Governing Bodies of Sport; 40 Local Sports Councils; 30+ Scottish Universities and Colleges encompassing 195,000 volunteers, 13,000 sports clubs and 900,000 men and woman who regularly participate in sport in Scotland.

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Hyslop Congratulates New Councillor for Armadale

Hyslop Congratulates New Councillor for Armadale

FH and Sarah King

Local Constituency MSP Fiona Hyslop has congratulated Sarah King on her recent election as SNP Councillor for the Armadale and Blackridge Ward.
Fiona commented;

“I am delighted that the people of Armadale and Blackridge have voted to have Sarah King as their newly elected Councillor.

“Sarah’s energy, enthusiasm and dedication to local issues will make her an excellent councillor for this ward. She is excited to get to work straight away and I know she will be warmly welcomed into post by our strong team of SNP councillors in West Lothian.”

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Hyslop Welcomes Bathgate Shortlisting for £50K Creative Place Award 2015

Hyslop Welcomes Bathgate Shortlisting for £50K Creative Place Award 2015

Local MSP, Fiona Hyslop has welcomed the news that Bathgate in West Lothian has been shortlisted for a Creative Place Award.

Fiona commented;

“I am delighted that Bathgate has been shortlisted for this award. If chosen, the community has decided they will spend the £50,000 grant on setting up a community choir for all age groups; offering a series of lunchtime cabaret activities for older people; and establishing a film and documentary making course for young people.

“Even to be shortlisted for the Creative Place award shows the progress Bathgate is making and it is great that the Bathgate community is being recognised at national level.”

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Notes:
Since their launch in 2012, the Creative Place Awards have been awarded to smaller communities across Scotland, outside of the main cities, to enable them to enhance and promote the creative activities and programmes in their area. The awards recognise the communities’ ambitions in using the arts for the benefit of both local residents and visitors to their area.
The awards are made and funded by Creative Scotland, the the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.

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Hyslop Welcomes Broxburn Academy LGBT Achievement

Hyslop Welcomes Broxburn Academy LGBT Achievement

Fiona Hyslop MSP for Linlithgow Constituency has welcomed and congratulated Broxburn Academy on becoming the first school in Scotland to receive a silver LGBT Charter Mark Award.

Fiona commented;

“I am extremely proud of the students at Broxburn Academy for their dedication and hard work in achieving a Silver Charter Mark Award for their work in creating awareness for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender issues.

“School should be a place where pupils can feel safe and respected regardless of their sexuality and I am very pleased that their work has been formally recognised and that Broxburn Academy is the first school in Scotland to receive the award”

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Notes:
To achieve the award Broxburn Academy worked in partnership with the council, LGBT communities, West Lothian Youth Services and members of the LGBT Forum. The school carried out awareness raising activities and ensured that appropriate training and policies were in place across the school.

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Hyslop Welcomes Irish Government Minister to West Lothian

Fiona and Irish Minister
Hyslop Welcomes Irish Government Minister to West Lothian

Local Constituency MSP Fiona Hyslop has welcomed Irish Government Minister Joe McHugh to West Lothian and the Chamber of Commerce business breakfast on Thursday. (19th March) at Houston house hotel in Uphall.

Fiona said,

“I was pleased to welcome Irish Government Minister Joe McHugh to my constituency at the business breakfast meeting organised by West Lothian Chamber of Commerce.

“I am delighted that the West Lothian Chamber of Commerce took the opportunity to discuss new and expanding business opportunities developing between Scotland and Ireland.”

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Hyslop Opens First Cultural Diversity Event in West Lothian

Kulture Klub - diversity event
Hyslop Opens First Cultural Diversity Event in West Lothian

Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop attended, Kulture Klub’s first West Lothian Cultural Diversity event at the Strathbrock in Broxburn last week. (Friday 13th March)

Fiona said;

“I was delighted to be asked to say a few words to officially open the Cultural Diversity event in Broxburn. It was great to see their stalls and demonstrations.

“Well done to everyone involved particularly the young people who helped organise the day. I understand that there will be further events in the near future and I would encourage my constituents to go along and get involved.”

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Next event is on Saturday, 28th March at the Mosswood Community Centre, Fergusson Way, Knightsbridge from 1.30 – 4.30pm.
For more info on the event, contact:
k.klub@outlook.com

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West Lothian Women Highlight Midnight League Sessions in Blackburn

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West Lothian Women Highlight Midnight League Sessions in Blackburn

Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop, Local Councillor Mary Dickson and SNP Westminster Candidate for the Blackburn area, Hannah Bardell attended the Scottish Football Association and the Bank of Scotland’s Midnight League Session at Blackburn Community Centre at the weekend (March 14th) to highlight the work they do for young people in local communities.

Fiona commented,

“I was delighted to attend the SFA and Bank of Scotland’s Midnight Session in Blackburn, West Lothian, where the first ever Midnight Session was piloted 11 years ago. It has proved such a success it has now been rolled out all over Scotland.

“So much effort has been made by the two organisations to make this possible and it is great to see how much the young people get out of the evening. This is a fantastic initiative and one I am happy to support.

“Hannah Bardell who has a keen interest in football was a real star of the evening coming off the subs bench to score a goal.”

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Info:
The BoS Midnight League, which is run in partnership with the Scottish FA, is a national network of diversionary 5-a-side football activity that targets 12-16 year olds across Scotland. The Midnight League has grown substantially over the past eleven years and now around 7,000 young people participate across 100 communities each year. In addition to providing a platform to play football, the Bank of Scotland Midnight League offers participants access to stars of the Scottish game, skills development and engaging activity which grows confidence and ability.

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Hyslop Highlights West Lothian Activities Fairtrade Fortnight in Scottish Parliament

FT Coffee Mornining Whitburn 2015

Hyslop Highlights West Lothian Activities Fairtrade Fortnight in Scottish Parliament
Tuesday, 10th March 2015

Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop highlighted the work of West Lothian Fairtrade Groups at a Fairtrade Fortnight Reception in the Scottish Parliament to mark the second anniversary of Scotland being a Fairtrade Nation.

Fiona said,

“West Lothian has always been a champion of Fairtrade, this year I attended a Fairtrade coffee morning in Whitburn. We have active Fairtrade groups across the county and would encourage constituents interested to support them. Their achievements are a credit to the hard work of the local steering groups and I would thank them for every effort.

“I was also delighted to speak at the Parliament’s reception for Fairtrade Fortnight and to celebrate our 2nd anniversary of being a Fairtrade Nation.

“The principle behind Fair Trade is very simple. It is the idea that producers in the developing world should be paid a fair price for the goods that they produce. It requires us as consumers to make choices that mean, in some cases, we might have to pay a little extra for something – but the extra money that we pay goes towards ensuring that producers can send their children to school and can afford to feed their families. A small sacrifice for us, in order to make the world a better place.”

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Hyslop Welcomes Government Economic Strategy Launch in Linlithgow

Hyslop Welcomes Government Economic Strategy Launch in Linlithgow

Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop has welcomed the First Minister’s visit to Linlithgow this week (Tuesday morning) to launch the Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy. Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister, launched the new Economic Strategy at Calnex Solutions Orcale Campus in Linlithgow on Tuesday, 03 March 2015.
Commenting, Fiona said;

“I am delighted that the First Minister chose Linlithgow to launch the Government’s Economic Strategy.

“The Scottish Government wants to create a stable and balanced economy that is outward looking, confident, innovative, based on the core strengths of our people and supported by investment.

“The Government’s economy strategy quite rightly puts equality at the heart of our economy and to announce this in a town with a strong local economy with community values and equality at its core, is very fitting.”

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For editor’s info:

The strategy provides a plan for all of Scotland and focuses on four main themes – Investing in our people, Innovation, Inclusive Growth and Internationalisation.

• Investing in our people, infrastructure and assets through

• preparing young people for employment through widening access to higher education and extending a wide range of high quality learning through the implementation of Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce;

• the establishment of a Scottish Business Development Bank to work directly with small and medium-sized enterprises and the financial markets to support businesses with high growth potential in Scotland;

• providing £10 million in 2015-16 through the Local Energy Investment Fund to invest on behalf of communities in commercial renewables schemes; and

• publishing a refresh of Scotland’s Oil and Gas Strategy, which will have a strong focus on the structure and capability of Scotland’s oil and gas supply chain.

• We will foster a culture of Innovation by:

• establishing a new Ministerial-led Innovation Forum;

• supporting the network of Innovation Centres to apply knowledge and innovation from our academic research base into business;

• piloting Innovation and Investment Hubs at key global locations.

• Promoting innovation in the public sector which can support the economy.

• We will promote Inclusive Growth through:

• driving forward improvements in educational outcomes in Scotland’s most disadvantaged communities with an Attainment Scotland Fund of £100 million;

• establishment of a Fair Work Convention to draw on best practise and facilitate a joint approach with our partners;

• support for a more diverse workforce by removing barriers to employment – for example, lack of childcare or support for caring responsibilities; and

• introducing the Scottish Business Pledge, which aims to develop a partnership between the Scottish Government and businesses.

• To enable Scotland to take advantage of International opportunities we will:

• develop a new Trade and Investment Strategy; and

• establish One Scotland Partnerships, which will set clear trade and innovation goals for specific international markets and ensure that activity is co-ordinated to maximise impact and make the best use of resources.

• publish an updated International Framework, which will set the context for how the Government, its Agencies and Public Bodies engage externally to promote Scotland – its economy and broader interests – and influence the world around us;

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Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs visits Linlithgowbridge story

Ambassador Dan Mulhall, Fiona Hyslop MSP and Minister Charlie Flanagan

Ambassador Dan Mulhall, Fiona Hyslop MSP and Minister Charlie Flanagan

Fiona Hyslop MSP for Linlithgow was delighted to welcome Charlie Flanagan Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to her Constituency on Friday 6th February when he visited Irish firms newly set up in Mill Road Enterprise Park Linlithgowbridge .

He received presentations from Enterprise Ireland’s on prospects for Irish investment and jobs in Scotland and from firms AGEC, Coastway Surveys and Clandillon Civil Consulting, all involved in infrastructure and renewable geo-engineering, who are basing themselves in Linlithgowbridge.

Fiona said ” I was delighted to welcome Charlie Flanagan to Linlithgowbridge as part of his delegations visit to Scotland to promote increased partnership between Scotland and Ireland. He delivered an important speech on Scotland, the UK and Europe at the University of Edinburgh and met the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as part of his visit. ”

“Linlithgow and Linlithgowbridge are very centrally located with good connectivity for firms working all over Scotland and the fact these companies have chosen to base themselves here is very welcome. Their numbers initially will be small but they will be highly skilled specialist jobs and this all helps put the town on the map for inward investment.”

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