External Affairs Ministers go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Fiona Hyslop & Humza Yousaf 1 Wear it Pink 2014 resized for web

External Affairs Ministers go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
Fiona Hyslop MSP for Linlithgow joins the fight against breast cancer by wearing pink

Constituency MSP for Linlithgow, Fiona Hyslop has joined the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign’s flagship fundraiser, wear it pink day.

The theme of wear it pink this year is to ‘look good, do good’ in support of breast cancer research. On Friday 24 October people across the country will come together to find fun and stylish ways to wear pink in the office, at home or at school. Donations raised by this year’s fashion inspired event will go to Breast Cancer Campaign to fund lifesaving breast cancer research.

Fiona, who is pictured with her Deputy Minister for International Development, Humza Yousaf, commented:

“Every year in Scotland more than 4,500 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Sadly, more than 1,000 women die from this disease each year. It is more important than ever to support Breast Cancer Campaign’s fundraising efforts and world class research which is saving lives both locally in our towns and villages and right across Scotland.

“I know people who have lost friends and family members to the disease and I would like to encourage everyone across West Lothian to support wear it pink on October 24th, to raise awareness and valuable funds for breast cancer research.”

Wear it pink on Friday 24 October to support Breast Cancer Campaign’s lifesaving research. For more information or to register for wear it pink and receive your fundraising pack visit www.wearitpink.org.

For further information please contact:

Becky Endacott, PR & Celebrity Officer, T: 0207 749 3720 E: bendacott@breastcancercampaign.org

• Breast Cancer Campaign funds innovative breast cancer research, bringing together the brightest minds to share knowledge to produce better, quicker results to overcome and outlive breast cancer.

• As of June 2014, Breast Cancer Campaign funds 90 research grants throughout the UK and Ireland, worth over £13 million. We currently fund 7 grants in Scotland worth £1,354,320.

• Breast Cancer Campaign has launched the campaign ‘#spreadtheword to stop the spread’, to highlight that breast cancer is not a done deal. Visit breastcancercampaign/spreadtheword

• Breast Cancer Campaign’s action plan Help us find the cures sets out 66 key actions Breast Cancer Campaign will take to address the gaps in breast cancer research to overcome and outlive breast cancer by 2050. breastcancercampaign.org/breast-cancer-research/help-us-find-the-cures

• The Breast Cancer Campaign Tissue Bank, the UK’s first ever national breast cancer tissue bank, is a unique collaboration with four leading research institutions to create a vital resource of breast cancer tissue for researchers across the UK and Ireland. Visit breastcancertissuebank.org

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and accounts for nearly one in three of all cancers in women. In the UK, around 50,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year – that’s 138 a day. Visit breastcancercampaign.org or follow us at twitter.com/bccampaign

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Hyslop Congratulates Parliament Barista

Hyslop Congratulates Parliament Barista

Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop has congratulated her constituent Kirsty Rafferty – the Scottish Parliament’s Coffee Barista – on her recent Gold medal at the Sodexo Scotland Culinaire 2014 competition for Best Speciality Coffee for her “Holyrood Whip”.
Fiona said,

“I am so pleased for Kirsty, I know how hard she has worked to achieve this. Her ‘Holyrood Whip’, which contains lavender from the Parliamentary Gardens, has proved very popular. I wish Kirsty all the best for the Final Competition at Royal Ascot on October 22nd.”


Kirsty Rafferty is from Broxburn West Lothian
Kirsty will compete in the Sodexo Salon Culinaire 2014 Final competition at Royal Ascot on 22 October. She is one of 10 finalists from an original pool of 30 competitors. She has worked at Parliament as a barista for 10 years.

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Since the independence referendum on September 18th 2014, membership of the SNP more than doubled in under one week. We now have over 80,000 members making the SNP the third largest party in the UK, overtaking the Liberal Democrats.

If you would like to add your name to that ever increasing list, give our headquaters a call on 0800 633 5432 or drop them an email by clicking HERE.

We look forward to meeting you and working together to build a better future for the people of Scotland.

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SNP membership soars as Labour could ‘die out’
Wed, 24/09/2014 – 12:01

As SNP membership soars to more than 57,000*, former First Minister Henry McLeish has warned that the Labour Party is in danger of dying out in Scotland.

Henry McLeish has today said that traditional Labour supporters in “solid areas of the old Red Clydeside and in Dundee” have been energised by the referendum debate and are moving towards the SNP. Mr McLeish also called for the Labour Party in Scotland to have full autonomy from the party at UK level.

This criticism from a senior Labour figure only adds to the pressure on Johann Lamont – after the whispering campaign against her leadership continues apace at the Labour Conference in Manchester.

In stark contrast to the Labour party’s fortunes, in recent days the SNP membership has grown by more than 32,000 to stand at more than 57,000 – making the SNP the third largest party in the UK

This follows a Survation poll showing support for the SNP standing at 49 per cent – up on even the 2011 landslide levels – while support for Labour languishes at 33 per cent.

Commenting, SNP Business Convener Derek Mackay MSP said:

“The extraordinary influx of new members joining the SNP shows no signs of slowing down – with membership now having more than doubled, standing at over 57,000.

“What a contrast with the No campaign parties in the last few days – we have overtaken the Lib Dems at UK level and Labour are in complete disarray in Scotland.

“As the whispering campaign against Johann Lamont continues apace at Labour conference– the warning from Henry McLeish that Labour is in danger of dying out is yet another blow to her floundering leadership.

“But Henry McLeish is absolutely right – Labour’s position in Scotland is growing more precarious by the day as more and more people in traditional Labour heartlands switch to the SNP.

“Labour voters simply won’t forget Johann Lamont’s alliance with the Tories in the No campaign – which is exactly why the SNP is now sitting at 49 per cent in the polls.

“It is clearly the SNP that the people of Scotland trust to stand up for Scotland’s interests – and to hold the Westminster establishment to account on their vow of substantial more powers for Scotland. This new democratic movement in Scotland won’t accept the same old politics as usual from Westminster.”


Notes to editors

At 5pm on Thursday, SNP membership stood at 25,642. Since then, 32,090 new members have joined.

*As of October 12th, the SNP has over 80,000 members.

Henry McLeish warns Labour are in danger of dying out in Scotland unless radical action is taken now: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/henry-mcleish-warns-labour-danger-4313958
SNP on track for third term: http://www.snp.org/media-centre/news/2014/sep/snp-track-third-term

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Hyslop Commemorates First World War

Hyslop Commemorates First World War

Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop attended two commemoration services at Glasgow Cathedral and at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh to mark 100 years since the beginning of First World War.

Fiona commented;

“At Monday evening’s (4th August) Vigil Service at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh I was honoured to read an extract from Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song about the war, and earlier to attend a very moving service at Glasgow Cathedral.

“From now until the end of 2018, scheduled events across Scotland will allow us to continue learning about the lessons of the First World War of 1914 – 1918. By reflecting on the devastating events that took place across every community in Scotland, we can ensure that the brave soldiers who fought in one of the world’s most brutal conflicts shall never be forgotten.”

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Hyslop Congratulates West Lothian at Best Ever Commonwealth Games

Hyslop Congratulates West Lothian at Best Ever Commonwealth Games

Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop has congratulated all the athletes and volunteers from West Lothian who have participating and helped out at the what was said to be the best ever Commonwealth Games.

Fiona commented,

“We were very lucky to have so many talented sportsmen and women from West Lothian representing Scotland at the Commonwealth Games. I am equally pleased by the number of volunteers from West Lothian who were actively supporting the event and was delighted to meet a number of them personally.

“We have many of sporting greats from West Lothian and I have very much enjoyed watching our future sporting heroes compete and show off their talents to the world.”

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Hyslop Attends Launch of West Lothian Palliative Care Services

Fiona Hyslop MSP with Gail Allen, Marie Curie Day Services Manager

Hyslop Attends Launch of West Lothian Palliative Care Services

Local Constituency MSP Fiona Hyslop met with staff and volunteers at the launch of West Lothian’s new palliative care partnership between Marie Curie Cancer Care, NHS Lothian and MacMillan Cancer Support. She was also given a tour of the centre by Gail Allan, Marie Curie Day Services Manager.

The Centre received over £500,000 from MacMillan Cancer Care to provide privacy and dignity for patients and their families as well as improving clinical efficiency and creating a welcoming environment.

Commenting after the visit, Fiona said;

“I was delighted to visit the new Palliative Care Service Centre at St John’s in Livingston and see first-hand the extensive refurbishment work that has taken place.

“It is so important to ensure that our loved ones receive high quality end of life care. The emotional and medical advice and support available to residents in West Lothian is second to none and I am proud to represent an area of Scotland which holds these precious moments in such high regard.

“I would like to congratulate those involved in creating such a dedicated and remarkable centre, which I believe is the first of its kind in Scotland.”

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Hyslop Highlights £340,000 Games Legacy Funding for West Lothian

Hyslop Highlights £340,000 Games Legacy Funding for West Lothian

On the run up to the Commonwealth Games at the end of this month, Constituency MSP Fiona Hyslop has highlighted the local benefits of the Games Legacy.

In round three of the Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund, West Lothian Council was awarded £340,000 for projects in Bathgate, Whitburn, (Linlithgow) and Broxburn.
Fiona commented,

“After a momentous 248-day global journey through the Commonwealth – the baton is back travelling across Scotland – signaling the final countdown to the greatest games ever.

“The Legacy 2014 Active Places has awarded a number of our local active spaces with funding including the existing Kirkton Park Tennis Court in Bathgate and Broxburn United Football Club. The money will also help develop a new Skate Park at the KGV in Whitburn and a Stephen Gallacher Foundation Golf Course.

“The funding is a great investment for the young sporting heroes from West Lothian and will surely leave a lasting sporting, social and business legacy for us all.”


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Artist Lari Don Speaking at Imagine Scotland Café in Bathgate

Artist Lari Don Speaking at Imagine Scotland Café in Bathgate

Talented Children’s Writer Lari Don will be leading an informal café discussion on the Independence Referendum this Saturday. (June 14th) Leading Women for
Independence Campaigner and Blogger Kate Higgins will also be there to facilitate the event.

The Imagine Scotland Events are the brain child of International Playwright David Greig and Famous Singer/Songwriter Karine Polwart and offer a space to allow people to talk about what matters most to them and what they’d like to change about the Scotland they live in. It also gives people the chance to air their concerns and doubts about change. The café offers the opportunity to imagine better kinds of Scotland in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Speaking about past Imagine Scotland events, Karine Polwart said:

“As working writers and yes supporters, we are simply offering another possible way of bringing people into discussions.

“We have a hunch that question panels and formal, adversarial debate, though really powerful and essential, cut out a lot of people from discussion about the referendum. Especially women.”

David Greig added;
“Sometimes people just want a safe, convivial space to talk about independence and the country they want to live in.

“They don’t want to be preached at, or to listen to quarrels. They would like to hear thoughtful reflections on where we are and where we’re going and they’d like to be listened to.

“Karine and I hope that by asking folk to think about Scotland we’ll awaken in them the sense that they have some power over its future; that what they think matters. We hope that people will become open to the possibility of a yes vote as a means towards achieving the democratic power to enable them to push for the changes they hope to see.”

If you have ideas and hopes for Scotland, you can join in the discussion to imagine the Scotland you want to live in.


What: Imagine Scotland Café with Lari Don
Where: Bathgate Regal Theatre, Studio Space
When: Saturday, 21st June, 1.30-3.30pm

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Fiona Joins 29,500 West Lothian People to Greet Baton and Bearers

Baton Relay - West Lothian

Fiona joins 29,500 West Lothian People to Greet Baton and Bearers

Local MSP Fiona Hyslop has celebrated the arrival of the Queen’s Baton in West Lothian on Sunday (15th June) and congratulated the event’s Baton Bearers.

Fiona commented:

“I was delighted to welcome the Queen’s Baton to West Lothian at the weekend, where I believe an estimated 29,500 people turned out to cheer it across the region.

“Crowds came out to support the Queens Baton Relay in all corners of West Lothian. 1,700 people in Broxburn, 1,800 in Armadale, 5,000 in Whitburn, 6,200 in Linlithgow 7,300 in Bathgate and a massive 7,550 in Livingston.

“The whole event was very well organised and I would pass on my special congratulations to all our wonderful baton bearers who helped make the event possible.”

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Hyslop Welcomes £300,000 Crime Cashback Funding for Linlithgow

Hyslop Welcomes £300,000 Crime Cashback Funding for Linlithgow

Linlithgow Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop has welcomed the news that Linlithgow Leisure Centre will benefit from £300,000 under the Cashback for Communities Scheme to fund a new 3G pitch.

Fiona said;

“I am delighted that Linlithgow Leisure Centre has been selected to receive £300,000 in funding as part of the Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities Initiative.

“This funding is very encouraging and will allow young people in Linlithgow and surrounding towns the opportunity to further their sporting ambitions and offer them a real chance at sporting success.

“In this the year the Commonwealth Games come to Scotland, and in the week that we celebrate the passing of the Commonwealth Baton, I can think of no better time to get young people excited and inspired by sport.

“We have a number of sporting greats from West Lothian – golfer Stephen Gallacher and tennis player Colin Fleming to name but two – who knows who might be out next local sporting hero.”


Notes for editors:
Funding of £1.8 million has been awarded through the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme for new 3G pitches.
CashBack takes money recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) and reinvests it back into initiatives to divert those who are on the cusp of offending and into local communities.
Applications for funding were invited from partnerships between local authorities and local football and rugby clubs. The bids were assessed by a panel comprising officials from sportscotland, Scottish Rugby, the Scottish FA, WREN and the Scottish Government’s Sport and Physical Activity Division.

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