The SNP have called on the UK government to clarify the Defence Secretary’s suggestion that funding for military action could come from the international aid budget.
The call comes as Michael Fallon commented that spend on UK personnel on anti-terror missions could be sourced from the Department for International Development’s (DFID) aid budget.
Patrick Grady MP is getting behind the roll-out of high-speed broadband in his Glasgow North constituency – where more fibre cabinets have recently gone live thanks to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.
Around 4,400 households and businesses in the Glasgow North area can now access high-speed fibre services through the £410 million Digital Scotland roll-out, with 230 premises in Maryhill among the latest to be reached.
Across Scotland, more than 620,000 premises are now able to connect to fibre-based services through the Digital Scotland project, led by the Scottish Government and Highlands and Islands Enterprise in their area and delivered on the ground by Openreach, BT's local network business.
Patrick Grady MP will welcome Digital Scotland to Maryhill on Thursday 01 September as they make a special visit to help local people find out more about the benefits of fibre broadband.
The Glasgow North MP will host a special drop-in event at his constituency office - Unit 1, Firhill Business Centre, 74-76 Firhill Road, G20 7BA – between 10.30am and 12.30pm for anyone in the local community interested in finding out how fibre broadband works and the benefits it can provide. Members of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme will be on hand at the event to get people up to speed with fibre broadband technology and provide advice on areas such as signing up with a service provider.
The Scottish National Party has called on Theresa May to uphold 'in letter and spirit' the UK's commitment to spend 0.7% of gross national income on international development, after reports emerged that the Tory government is planning to divert aid spending to other areas including "trade relations" and "security" projects.
Patrick Grady MP, the SNP spokesperson on International Development, said that diverting funds would effectively amount to a cut in the UK's international development budget and has urged the Prime Minister to clarify the reports.
SNP MPs have signed a letter to Priti Patel, the newly appointed Secretary of State at the Department for International Development (DFID), urging her to ensure the department continues its global role and retract from her comments on DFID being ‘low priority’.
The letter that has cross party support, also follows on from Priti Patel's previous comments that called for scrapping the department she now heads and her appointment of UK aid funding critic, Robert Oxley, as her special advisor.
Patrick Grady MP for Glasgow North was delighted to hear more about Heart Valve Voice and heart valve disease in the UK. He had his heart checked for heart valve disease at an awareness event, hosted by Heart Valve Voice at UK Houses of Parliament. This involved a heart specialist listening to their heart using a stethoscope, one of the first steps taken to detect heart valve disease. A doctor can listen for a characteristic heart ‘murmur’ via a stethoscope, which is usually the first indication of a problem with the heart valves. This is often followed up with an echocardiogram test to confirm the diagnosis.
Patrick Grady MP met with scientists from the University of Glasgow who were presenting their research at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, an annual display of the most exciting cutting-edge science and technology in the UK.
For one week the Royal Society plays host to fascinating interactive exhibits and an assortment of free talks, debates and family activities, giving visitors a unique opportunity to talk with scientists and ask them questions about their work. Over 10,000 members of the public and 2,000 school students visit the Exhibition each year.
SNP International Development spokesperson Patrick Grady MP has called on the new Tory minister at the Department for International Development (DFID) to clarify comments that she thought the department she is now in charge of should be scrapped as it was guilty of 'wasting money'.
Newly appointed Secretary of State, Priti Patel had suggested previously that funding for DFID would be better spent elsewhere and her appointment to the post has raised eyebrows as she has been so adamant in her opposition to the Department's work in the recent past.
Patrick Grady MP has organised a special surgery for constituents who are concerned about the result and impact of the EU refendum.
The surgery will be held at McCafferty House (Firhill Rd, Glasgow G20 7BE) on Friday 08 July and will run as follows:
16:30 - Constituents are welcome to drop-in to discuss their concerns and questions
17:30 - Presentations and briefings from invited guests
18:00 - Opportunity for one-to-one advice on individual constituent issues.
18:30 - Surgery finishes
Marking a year since the largest group of SNP MP’s were elected to Westminster, the party are continuing to hold the UK government to account and act as the vocal and visible opposition in the House of Commons.
Among the new intake of MPs was Patrick Grady MP - who was appointed the Westminster Group's International Development spokesperson - and has worked consistently to challenge the Tories' on a range of global issues and promote further involvement and engagement.
On Monday 11 April Patrick Grady, SNP MP for Glasgow North was one of nearly 100 MPs who attended an event organised by The National Autistic Society who recently launched their Too Much Information campaign. Patrick is backing the charity's new campaign to improve public understanding of autism.
As part of the campaign, the charity has released a report (Too Much Information: why the public needs to understand autism better) which revealed how poor public understanding of autism is pushing autistic people and their families into isolation.
Frances Corr - NEW local artist exhibiting until April 2016
I am delighted to announce that a new artist has joined the ‘Local Artists Project’ set up to support rising creative talent in the Glasgow North constituency. Frances Corr will be showcasing her art work in my Firhill office until the beginning of April.
The first artist to kick off this exciting project was Christopher Stevens of Nautilus Inkworks. Following on from Andy Peutherer and Michelle Campbell, who exhibited their work until the middle of February, I am thrilled that Frances Corr’s calming, original oil paintings are now part of the Project.
“Drawing and painting have always provided me with somewhere to go. I love the idea of making an imaginary place look real. Space restrictions in the last few years have made my paintings go from large to tiny, and health restrictions changed the subject matter from landscapes to interiors. At present landscapes have reappeared, but on a different scale, slightly larger than the interiors but much smaller than landscapes of the past. The subject matter in all of the paintings is invented, made up from pieces of memory, observation and imagination, and imbued with some mysterious element when it takes on a life of its own.”
To view Frances Corr's work just pop by the office in Firhill Road where her art will be on display until the beginning of April.
The Scottish National Party has today led a debate in the House of Commons on the future of the UK space industry, and called for progress on the establishment of a UK spaceport.
The debate – tabled by Patrick Grady MP and Philippa Whitford MP – comes in advance of Major Tim Peake’s spacewalk tomorrow and follows the announcement in March 2015 of the shortlist of locations for the UK’s first spaceport. Four of the six sites shortlisted are in Scotland, including Glasgow Prestwick Airport, Machrihanish airport near Campbeltown, Stornoway Airport, and RAF Leuchars.
Members of the Scotland Supporter’s Club should be given a say over the Scottish Football Association’s choice of the next FIFA President, says SNP MP Patrick Grady. The call comes as the Scottish Government is carrying out a survey on supporter involvement in local football clubs, and as sports TV network ESPN has invited candidates for the presidency of the global football federation to take part in a televised debate.
Patrick Grady, SNP MP for Glasgow North, whose constituency office is next to Partick Thistle’s Firhill Stadium, says giving members of the Scotland Supporter’s Club, known as the Tartan Army, a say in who the SFA delegate should vote for in the election of a replacement for Sepp Blatter, due later this year, could help improve transparency and accountability in football's scandal-hit world governing body.
Nicola Sturgeon was in Firhill today to officially open the new office of Patrick Grady, SNP MP for Glasgow North.
Scotland's First Minister cut the ribbon on the Glasgow North constituency office in front of a crowd of local residents, charities and supporters.
The office is situated next door to Partick Thistle FC and serves the residents of the Glasgow North constituency, which stretches from Summerston to Hillhead, and from Woodlands to Maryhill.
The Scottish National Party marked St.Andrews Day this evening with a special debate on Scotland’s relationship with Malawi in the House of Commons.
Scotland’s link with Malawi dates back to the work of Dr David Livingstone, and for 150 years Scots have worked with the people of Malawi, helping them develop their education and health systems.
Scottish National Party MP Patrick Grady has raised concerns over the use of public funds for a UK government job advertised to "communicate the benefits of the Union to the Scottish public."
An advert for the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) seems to suggest that the role should be political, and should be used to cement the union, despite it being paid by the tax-payer.
Sandra White MSP has today welcomed the Scottish Government's support for The Arches and the staff members who have been affected by it been made redundant by its immediate closure.
Responding to Ms White's question at First Minister's Questions today John Swinney said that the government will do all that it can to help safeguard the future of The Arches.
Patrick Grady, SNP MP for Glasgow North, has backed calls for the UK Government to devolve the powers needed to support Scotland’s carers.
The Smith Commission stated that the Scottish Parliament should have “complete autonomy in determining the structure and value of the benefits at paragraph 49 or any new benefits or services which might replace them” – this includes Carers Allowance.
Patrick Grady, SNP MP for Glasgow North, has used the first days of business in the House of Commons to lodge written questions and and early day motion, and attend important debates in the Chamber.
Commenting, Patrick Grady said: "The day of the Queen's Speech was the first chance for new members to start taking part in Commons business, and I wanted to get straight to work. I've lodged questions to the Department for International Development about its response to the earthquakes in Nepal, and an Early Day Motion congratulating my old employer, SCIAF, on its 50th anniversary as the official aid and development agency of the Church in Scotland.
The Queen's Speech programme announced by the UK Government does not reflect the priorities of local communities, Glasgow North SNP MP Patrick Grady has said.
The SNP manifesto called for an end to austerity, an end to a Trident, and delivery of substantial new job-creating powers for the Scottish Parliament.
Patrick Grady, SNP MP for Glasgow North, has been appointed as SNP Westminster Spokesperson on International Development, as part of the SNP Group's Foreign Affairs team which will be led by Alex Salmond MP.
Commenting, Patrick Grady said: "Global poverty and climate change are the greatest challenges of our time. The SNP wants to see people in Scotland play their part in brining about an end to poverty and hunger, and protecting our brothers and sisters around the world from the impacts of climate change - and I know people across Glasgow North feel the same.
"I'm looking forward to working as part of the SNP's Westminster Foreign Affairs team, promoting, as Alex Salmond has said, a vision that is pro-Europe, pro-developing countries, and against military adventurism."
Patrick Grady, newly-elected SNP MP for Glasgow North has announced details of his first advice surgery for constituents. The surgery will be held in the Maryhill Burgh Halls, Gairbraid Avenue, at 3.00pm on Saturday 16th May.
Patrick Grady, SNP Candidate for Glasgow North, has welcomed the publication of the SNP’s manifesto as a blueprint for a stronger voice for Scotland at Westminster – and for more progressive politics to benefit people across the UK.
The manifesto – launched on 20th April – sets out the SNP’s plans to put an end to the austerity cuts which are hurting people across AREA and to invest at least an £140bn more in our public services, including an additional £9.5bn in the NHS.
SNP Candidate for Glasgow North, Patrick Grady, has welcomed the launch of the SNP’s Jobs Manifesto – setting out how SNP MPs will support the creation of more and better paid jobs in Scotland and across the UK.
Launched by Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP, the Jobs Manifesto makes clear that the SNP will:
The SNP has called for local people to join the campaign for Scotland to gain increased welfare powers so that more can be done to tackle child poverty in Glasgow North.
Figures published by End Child Poverty show that 29.44% of children in the Glasgow North constituency live in poverty after housing costs are taken into account.
The announcement of further funding for Glasgow to deliver programmes that support young people into a job has been hailed as a move to build on the strong progress Scotland is already making.
Glasgow City Council will receive £692,850 to support the implementation of recommendations made by the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce in their blueprint published last year.
The SNP candidate for Glasgow North, Patrick Grady, has pledged to always stand up for Scotland’s place in Europe if elected – and to be a strong voice against the Euro-hostile agenda at Westminster.
While the prospect of an in/out referendum being called by Westminster is growing increasingly likely , polling has repeatedly shown that people in Scotland support EU membership and are in favour of the SNP’s plan to table an amendment to any future EU referendum bill for a ‘four nation consent’ – to ensure Scotland isn’t dragged out of Europe against its will.