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Thank you for electing me to be your representative in Westminster as the MP for the Central Ayrshire constituency. I can promise you that I will, as a member of a strong SNP contingent, work tirelessly on behalf of all constituents in Central Ayrshire.
Thank you also for the incredible support you have shown, not just to me but, to all the SNP candidates who stood for election to Westminster. My colleagues and I will work tirelessly for a better devolution settlement so we can protect our NHS and other public services, and fight inequality and poverty in Scotland.
Come along to our Macmillan Coffee Morning in the Volunteer Rooms, Irvine this Friday (30th Sept) between 10am and 12noon for coffee, cake and a chat with me and my colleague Ruth Maguire MSP. Entry £2 – all in a good cause.
The inaugural meeting of the new Ayrshire WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) group takes place this Saturday, 1st October at 10am in Weatherspoon’s, Kilmarnock.
Watch my speech on the parliamentary debate on the NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/8772c982-a9b9-458b-b4f7-2419ed1d6bf8?in=16:20:03
Watch my Parliamentary Question on the status of EU Nationals in Scotland post-Brexit http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/1aabe153-edf0-49eb-b986-35b025570b4d?in=15:33:47
Read a wee summary of my first year as an MP in my newsletter One Year On
Campaign to Buy MS House
Friday 26th August was ‘Wear it Red’ day to try and raise the £2million required to buy Malcolm Sargent House in Prestwick from CLIC Sargent and turn it into an independent charity providing breaks for families with seriously ill children. It is crucial we raise the deposit of £150,000 by the end of September to ensure that it is not put on the open market. So, if you couldn’t take part in the day itself but still want to support the campaign, please go to http://www.buymsh.com/ and give what you can.
RBS Skills & Opportunities Fund
Round 2 of the RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund is now open and available to charities, social enterprises, community groups, state-funded schools and colleges. £2.5 million is available to help people get work or set up a business.
To find out more, including the application criteria, please do encourage them to visit our website at http://skillsandssopportunitiesfund.rbs.com/
Nominations wanted for Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service recognises and rewards community groups for their commitment and active engagement in their local areas. It is the highest honour which can be bestowed on such groups and is regarded as being equivalent to an MBE. There have been a number of successes in Ayrshire and Arran over the years; however, traditionally only a small number of nominations is received and the Lord Lieutenant, John Duncan, is keen to ensure the many worthy groups in our area have the opportunity to be considered for this prestigious award.
If you know a local volunteering group deserving of recognition for services to the local area, please consider nominating them! Anyone aware of the group, including people who benefit from the group’s activities, may make a nomination. However, you can’t nominate your own group if you’re a volunteer or paid staff member.
To nominate, simply complete the online form at https://qavs.direct.gov.uk/ Notes to help you can be found at https://qavs.direct.gov.uk/guidance-notes. Nominations are open until 16 September 2016, so nominate today and let’s highlight the great volunteer work that we see every day across South Ayrshire.
To keep tabs on what I’ve been up to, please have a look at my blog. You can also view my latest speeches in Parliament at: http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Search?Keywords=&Member=Dr+Philippa+Whitford+MP+&MemberId=4385&House=&Business=&Start=04%2F01%2F2016&End=21%2F07%2F2016
Huge thanks to our Former First Minister, the Rt Hon Alex Salmond MP, who officially opened my office on Friday 4th March 2016.