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.”

ENDS

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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.

ENDS

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.”

ENDS

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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Hyslop Welcomes £1,000 Funding for Linlithgow Gala Day

Gala Day Money from PATP Ticket Sales

Hyslop Welcomes £1,000 Funding for Linlithgow Gala Day
Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop has welcomed the news that £1000 from the Party at the Palace ticket sales has been awarded to the Linlithgow Children’s Gala Day Committee.

Fiona commented;

“It was great to meet with John Richardson, the event organiser, and representatives from Linlithgow’s Children’s Gala Day and to hear how their event is helping local organisations in the community.

“I understand from Party at the Palace, that Mr Richardson’s has sourced a number of supporters locally, putting the benefits of the event right back into the community. The organising of this event has already received very positive feedback from local businesses and residents alike as people see the importance of putting Linlithgow centre stage as a cultural venue.

“I wish them well in their endeavours and am pleased that they have had such co-operation form Historic Scotland and the local community – I am sure it will be a fantastic event.”

ENDS

For ticket sales please go to: http://www.partyatthepalace.co.uk/tickets

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Hyslop Congratulates Highland Games and Pipe Band Championships

FH at WL highland games 2014 tartan

Hyslop Congratulates Highland Games and Pipe Band Championships

Local MSP, Fiona Hyslop has congratulated the organisers or the West Lothian Highlands Games and the British Pipe Band Championships after a combined event on Saturday 31st May in Bathgate.

Fiona said;

“I would like to pay tribute to Matt Purdie and his team for such a wonderful day. The professionalism of the organisation shone through and resulted in a fantastic turn out for the two events.”

ENDS

Fiona Hyslop wore Enable Scotland’s aTartan Scarf to the events as part of their #TartanOnTour Campaign.
www.enable.org.uk

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Hyslop Supports Linlithgow Big Dance for the Commonwealth

Hyslop Supports Linlithgow Big Dance for the Commonwealth

Constituency MSP Fiona Hyslop has congratulated the schools and pupils involved in Friday’s (16th May) Linlithgow Schools Cluster Games Opening Ceremony. In her role as Culture Secretary she has been instrumental in the roll out of the Big Dance as part of the Commonwealth Celebrations in Scotland and abroad.

750 pupils took part in a Big Dance to mark the opening of the Linlithgow Schools Cluster Games which began during the week commencing 19th.

Commenting after the event, Fiona said,

“It was wonderful to see so many young people excited to take part in in the Commonwealth School Cluster Games opening ceremony and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the Schools’ Choir. I was proud of the young people of Linlithgow and their energy and enthusiasm, and a big tribute for organising the event should go to the amazing Mrs Malone who quite rightly drew a huge cheer from the crowd in this her retirement year.”

“The teachers and pupils from schools across the Linlithgow Cluster have worked extremely hard to put this together to celebrate the Commonwealth Games later in the summer and I was delighted to be there at the Opening Ceremony to support their event.”

ENDS

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Westminster Finally Agrees to SNP Demands

Westminster Finally Agrees to SNP Demands
Tuesday, 6th May 2014

Linlithgow MSP, Fiona Hyslop has welcomed the news that Westminster will finally heed the SNP’s calls to allow the Scottish Government to provide much needed support to those hit by the Tory/Lib Dem coalition’s hated Bedroom Tax.

“After months of ignoring our requests to lift the cap on Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP), Westminster has finally listened. This is a victory for those in West Lothian affected by the Bedroom Tax.

“The Scottish Government was able to top up the Discretionary Housing Payments by £378,129 for West Lothian residents last October and with this announcement from Westminster we will be able to do so much more.

“The Bedroom Tax is a hugely unfair policy and will hit the poorest and most vulnerable people the hardest. With a Yes vote in September, we can scrap the Bedroom Tax once and for all and get to work creating a welfare system that supports and empowers the most vulnerable people in our society.”
ENDS

Note to editors:
In a letter to Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland Office Minister David Mundell stated that the UK Government would finally listen to the Scottish Government’s call to transfer the reserved powers needed to lift the cap on Discretionary Housing Payments.
Westminster’s confirmation that they will stop standing in the Scottish Government’s way will allow support to be provided to 72,000 households affected by Bedroom Tax. But Westminster must now ensure that the powers needed to lift the cap are transferred to the Scottish Parliament as a matter of urgency.

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Cultural links between Scotland and Poland Strong

Cabinet Secretary Welcomes Cultural Cooperation During Poland Visit

Scotland and Poland have a strong history of cultural cooperation which we must build on, Culture and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop has said.

Speaking during her visit to Poland Ms Hyslop said that as well as valuing the economic contribution Poles make to Scottish society, it was important to recognise the strong cultural links between the two countries going back centuries.

During her visit on Monday and Tuesday of this week, Ms Hyslop visited Krakow – the seventh Unesco City of Literature. Edinburgh was the first City of Literature and the two cities are working together and sharing experiences.

She hosted lunch for key Polish cultural figures, including representatives of the Krakow Festival, the Director of the International Cultural Centre in Krakow, the Deputy Mayor of Krakow for Culture and City Promotion, and the Head of the Polish Book Institute.

Ms Hyslop also toured the Royal Castle in Warsaw and met the Minister of Culture Malgorzata Omilanowska and National Heritage and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ms Hyslop said:

“From my visit I am confident that there is a real opportunity for Scotland and Poland to cooperate around Culture and Heritage.

“From the Polish Great Map of Scotland, to the story of Wojtek the Soldier bear and the troops he helped, Scottish and Polish history are intertwined. As early as 1576, there were enough Scots living across Poland to form twelve “Brotherhoods” in the twelve Polish towns in which they lived.

“Now Poles are very much part of Scotland’s future. Our Polish community has grown by 52,000 since 2001 and we now often hear Polish names in the playgrounds of our schools and nurseries – a sign of our growing number of young Polish families.

“We have Polish shops and thriving Polish culture to match. A homesick Pole in Scotland doesn’t have to go far to find pierogi to remind them of home.

“It’s no surprise then that Polish culture has contributed to Scottish culture, and that there are so many exciting examples of cultural collaboration – whether in music, theatre or the visual arts.

“Co-operation between our countries can only enrich both our cultures. We have so much to give each other. I’m proud of the links between Scotland and Poland and want to build on them, and we will be following this up in the coming weeks with our Polish Counterparts.”

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Dial 111 for New Free Health Helpline

Dial 111 for New Free Health Helpline

Constituency MSP Fiona Hyslop has highlighted the new free NHS 24 helpline number launched by the Health Secretary Yesterday. As of Wednesday, 30 April, people looking for medical help and advice can contact NHS 24 for free by calling 111.

“As a parent myself, I know people want to be able to speak to someone on the phone at the weekend or in the evening when GP surgeries are not open.

“By introducing the free 111 number, the Government have removed any barrier for the public to access the health service out of hours. The number is easy to remember and can be used from both landlines and mobiles.

“In Scotland, the 111 number will be run by NHS 24 as a public service, in public hands – serving the needs of patients.”

ENDS

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