Swinson: Local sewing shop part of the fabric of the community

On a recent visit to I Sew 2 in Kirkintilloch, MP Jo Swinson saw first-hand the positive impact this sewing boutique is having on the high street and the local community.

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Jo meets local guide dog campaigner in parliament

Local MP Jo Swinson recently met Deborah Robertson, a guide dog owner from Bishobriggs, to call out the discrimination she and others are subjected to by businesses because of their dogs.

Deborah was part of more than a hundred guide dog owners from across the country who converged on Westminster Hall in Parliament to share their experiences of being turned away by businesses because of their dog.

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Jo welcomes National Lottery funding for local charity

Local MP Jo Swinson has today welcomed the announcement that East Dunbartonshire Initiative for Creative Therapy (EDICT) have successfully secured a grant of £126,319 after applying to The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland.

The group receives the grant to relocate its hub to Bishopbriggs where it will expand and develop its activities for children and young adults on the autism spectrum. This will provide a space that young people to make their own, catering for their interests and where they can share those with other young people also on the autism spectrum.

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Jo meets young people at St Mary’s Kenmure

Local MP Jo Swinson recently visited St Mary’s Kenmure, a secure residential and education unit for vulnerable young people in Bishopbriggs.

St Mary’s provides a controlled and safe environment for young people who may be at risk of sexual exploitation, self harm, or other issues stemming from neglect or mistreatment. It has also recently received funding to create a unit for girls at risk of sexual exploitation.

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Jo says SNP dodging responsibility on Milngavie line failures

Local MP Jo Swinson has accused SNP Transport Secretary Michael Matheson MSP of dodging responsibility on the Milngavie line after he once again refused to pursue the matter with her, saying he could “see little benefit in having a further meeting”.

Matheson cancelled two previous meetings with Jo to discuss urgent action on the line, including the option of re-dualling. When the meeting was subsequently rescheduled, Matheson failed to include any local MPs, choosing to meet only with local councillors.

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Jo opposes development of Milngavie and Bearsden greenbelt

Local MP Jo Swinson recently visited South Mains Farm on the greenbelt between Milngavie and Bearsden.

Fears have mounted that the protected land could be used to build new housing as part of the council’s development plan, prompting strong criticism from Jo and local residents. Many are concerned that the development would lack the necessary infrastructure to support it, such as schools, roads, and transport links, while the loss of land would hurt agriculture and increase already dangerous levels of air pollution.

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Jo joins Age Scotland campaign to help pensioners reclaim lost benefits

Local MP Jo Swinson is supporting Age Scotland's campaign to urge East Dunbartonshire pensioners not to miss out on millions of pounds in unclaimed benefits.

New figures show that some 1,076 households in East Dunbartonshire are entitled to, but don’t receive, Pension Credit, costing them an average of £57.69 per week, and an annual loss of £3.2m across the constituency. This results in a loss in vital weekly income, as well as missing out on associated benefits such as a Housing Benefit, Council Tax reduction and Cold Weather Payments

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Jo meets local police to discuss public safety concerns

Jo recently met with police in East Dunbartonshire to receive a progress report on policing and crime-prevention in the area.  

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Jo tours events at Milngavie Week

Local MP Jo Swinson toured the various activities and stalls at this year’s Milngavie Week. Taking place from June 8-15, there were 47 events over the course of the week supported by more than 200 volunteers.

Kicking off with the traditional Bearsden and Milngavie Highland games, other activities included a photo competition, music performances, arts and crafts, and the annual duck race.  

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Jo calls for action to re-dual Milngavie line

Local MP Jo Swinson has written to the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson MSP requesting urgent action to improve the Milngavie line.

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