I am recruiting for a part-time Constituency Support Officer to work in my Glasgow office and assist my team in dealing with constituent enquiries. Key responsibilities include researching and drafting responses to political campaigns, maintaining a record of campaign work and updating constituents on my work in Parliament.
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The closing date for applications is 10.00am on Thursday 12th May 2016. Applications received after this will not be considered.
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.
We are recruiting a parliamentary assistant based in London to provide policy and research support for our roles in the SNP Westminster Foreign Affairs Team.
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Please send your CV with a covering letter (of no more than 3 pages) matching your skills and experience to the job description and person specification set out above.
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.
Candidates are sought for two positions within the constituency office.
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.