I am backing Action on Hearing Loss’s campaign to call on businesses and the UK Government to work closer together to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing to find and stay in employment.
I attended a Guide Dogs event at the House of Commons on 3 July to show my support for the campaign to end problem pavement parking.
I have received a response from the Scottish Government following my recent letter regarding fire safety in multi-storey residential buildings in Glasgow North, and across Scotland. You can see the response in full below, however I would like to give you a brief summary and update here. The Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart MSP, informs me that the Scottish Government fully understands the anxieties of multi-storey residents and he hopes the information he provides goes some way towards alleviating these worries.
I have received a response from the Chief Executive of Glasgow City Council, following my letter regarding fire safety in multi-storey residential buildings across Glasgow North. You can see the full response below, however I would like to give you a brief summary.
Local MP Patrick Grady is supporting a campaign run by Scottish libraries, Tesco Bank and The Reading Agency to encourage children to take part in this year’s Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland. In support of the campaign Patrick Grady donated several new children’s books to local libraries in Glasgow North.
Last week I met with the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness. Jo set up the Commission, along with 13 organisations before she was murdered just over a year ago. The Commission is continuing her legacy by raising awareness about loneliness and working to try and reduce the stigma of being lonely.
Since the Grenfell Tower tragedy many people have been worried about fire safety in residential high rise tower blocks. Recently I wrote to the Chief Executive of Glasgow City Council, to the Scottish Government, and to all Housing Associations in Glasgow North to seek assurances about the fire safety measures that are in place. Whilst investigations into the London fire are ongoing, it is crucial that as much support, reassurance and certainty as possible is provided to concerned residents in Glasgow North.
Patrick Grady MP, SNP Member of Parliament for Glasgow North, statement at the Emirates Arena, Friday 9th June:
"People in Glasgow North, across the city, and across the whole of Scotland, have voted once again to make their voices heard more loudly and clearly at Westminster - and that voice is needed now more than ever.
Patrick Grady MP for Glasgow North attended the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness Older People Spotlight launch on Wednesday 22nd March in the House of Commons. The event was an opportunity for MPs to pledge their support for the commission and find out what practical steps they can take to tackle loneliness amongst older people both in Westminster as well as in Glasgow North.
Patrick Grady MP for Glasgow North attended a thank you event in Parliament on Wednesday 22 March hosted by Anthony Nolan, in recognition of his support for the blood cancer charity’s successful campaign to fund a lifesaving treatment.
Masterchef presenter Gregg Wallace took on the role of judge as more than 60 parliamentarians of all parties competed to win first place in the Maltesers® and Sainsbury’s Red Nose Day Parliamentary ‘Bake a Million’ competition.
Glasgow School of Art student, and participant of Patrick Grady MP’s Local Artist Project, Marwa Ebrahim has been awarded ‘Highly Commended’ following the results of the Scottish Government’s Baby Box Design competition announced earlier last month.
The primary aim of the baby box is improving child health and tackling infant mortality and the Scottish Government programme will be rolled out nationwide later this year. Marwa was one of 70 artists who submitted entries in a competition overseen by Dundee’s V&A Museum of Design, and was chosen by the judges to receive the prestigious acclamation, who were clearly impressed with the quality of her design.
Patrick Grady MP has pledged to take on the unacceptable lack of progress in tackling young people’s mental health.
Patrick Grady MP recently joined MPs from all parties in swearing to tackle mental illness at an event in Parliament.
Patrick Grady, local MP for Glasgow North, has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) in the House of Commons, congratulating Partick Thistle F.C. for signing up as a breastfeeding friendly football ground. The EDM, tabled by Patrick, can be viewed here.
SNP MP for Glasgow North, Patrick Grady, has called on local people to sign up and help shape Scotland’s new social security system – with the Scottish Government seeking to learn from the experiences of those currently using the service.
Patrick Grady, MP for Glasgow North, recently visited and installed art by East End artist Michael Cavanagh at Kelvindale Railway Station. The art complements the work done by Friends of Kelvindale Railway Station’s wildflower promotion project, and also looks beautiful beside Vincent Van Gogh’s Poppies and Butterflies.
I have been contacted by a great many constituents who are worried about the consequences and implications that a hard Tory Brexit could have for them, thier families and their communities.
That's why I am hosting a special EU surgery on Saturday 14 February at Hillhead Library from 11:30am till 12:30pm. This will be an opportunity for constituents to discuss their concerns about Brexit, the EU Withdrawal Bill or any other aspect of the EU Referendum. Everyone is welcome and you don't need an appointment to attend.
SNP Westminster Leader Angus Robertson MP asked the Prime Minister if she intends to ‘keep her word to Scotland’ that she would not trigger Article 50 until she had an agreed “UK-wide approach”.
The SNP’s Depute Leader referred to Theresa May’s commitment following her visit to Edinburgh in July last year, and asked “if the United Kingdom is a partnership of equals, will the Prime Minister compromise like the Scottish Government and reach a negotiated agreement before invoking Article 50, or will she just carry on regardless?
On Tuesday night I spoke in the debate on triggering Article 50 and beginning the process of leaving the European Union. I warned against giving "Presidential" powers to the Prime Minister who is asking for a blank cheque on Brexit while riding roughsod over the popular sovereignty of the people of Scotland.
The SNP put forward a reasoned amendment to try and halt the UK government’s attempt to railroad their EU Bill through Parliament. Theresa May has failed to set out provision for effective consultation with the devolved administrations, failed to publish a White Paper, has refused to guarantee the rights of EU nationals in the UK and has left unanswered the implications on key policy areas including - withdrawing from the Single Market.
As you may be aware, the UK Government have announced plans to close 8 Jobcentres in Glasgow – removing half of the offices from the city. But the fight continues on to stop the closures and #SaveOurJobcentres!
Maryhill Jobcentre is one of the offices slated for closure, forcing local residents to travel to Springburn, making it much harder for people to find work, and putting vulnerable people at even greater threat from the DWP's callous sanctions regime.
Despite the UK Government’s attempts to sneak these plans through over the Christmas holidays, pressure from Glasgow’s MPs forced them in to extending the consultation. Now we must use this opportunity to send a clear message to the UK Government that Glasgow opposes these closures.
A damning report on the fundamental flaws within the Tory’s EVEL – English Votes for English Laws - procedures has been published one year on from their introduction, recommending a further evaluation of the system.
EVEL was rushed through the House of Commons following the 2014 referendum in a bid to appease Tory backbenchers. The initial fears by SNP MPs that Scottish MPs may not hold equal parliamentary rights have been reflected in the Westminster Procedures Committee report published today.
The response to concerns over Job Centre closures in Glasgow has been described as "deeply disappointing" by the Scottish National Party following a meeting between elected representatives and senior Department for Work and Pensions officials.
A few days ago, staff at Glasgow's sixteen Job Centres were told that half the sites in the city were to be axed as part of a UK-wide review that aims to reduce the number of Job Centres by 20%.
Patrick Grady, SNP MP for Glasgow North and Bob Doris, SNP MSP for Maryhill & Springburn, have condemned reported DWP plans to close Maryhill Job Centre along with seven others across the city.
The proposals - part of the “People and Locations” programme announced in the autumn statement last year - would mean eight of the 16 Job Centre offices across Glasgow would close, impacting some 68,000 people in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment Support Allowance and Universal Credit. The DWP is facing a 20% cut in its estate, but Glasgow is facing disproportionate cuts with 50% of the city’s Job Centres slated for closure.
Patrick Grady MP, raised the issue at Prime Minister's Questions today (7th December 2016), asking how closing Maryhill Job Centre, in one of the most deprived parts of Glasgow, will help any of his constituents who want to find a job, and why this government continues to target the poorest & most vulnerable in our society.
Patrick attended a STOPAIDS World AIDS day parliamentary event on 1 December 2016 and met with youth activists from the It Ain’t Over campaign. The It Ain’t Over campaign raises awareness about the ongoing impact of HIV and AIDS globally and mobilises young people to advocate for increased political will and financial contribution to the global HIV and AIDS response.
Patrick attended an HIV testing event in Parliament to support World AIDS Day and to raise awareness about the importance of HIV testing. The event also marked the end of National HIV Testing Week 2016.
A team of experts from CNWL’s Bloomsbury HIV Clinic, supported by staff from theBloomsbury Network, a ground-breaking peer support organisation for people with HIV, both based at Mortimer Market Centre, provided on-site HIV testing, information and advice to MPs.
Patrick recently teamed up with Electrical Safety First, a leading safety charity, to help raise awareness of the dangers of counterfeits in the run up to the Christmas shopping period when high street and digital retailers offer a range of special offers and discounts.
Research conducted by Electrical Safety First, reveals that an estimated 638,000 Scots - more than the population of Glasgow - have seen counterfeit electrical products for sale near them, or online. And over 195,000 Scots have bought a fake electrical item in the last year.
Dr Liberty Vittert, a scientist from Glasgow North, swapped her lab bench for the green benches when she joined Patrick Grady MP in parliament this week.
Patrick met with Dr Vittert from the University of Glasgow as part of a unique pairing scheme run by the Royal Society- the UK’s national academy of science, with support from the Government Office for Science.
The scheme pairs scientists with parliamentarians and civil servants so that they can learn about each other’s worlds and explore how research findings can inform policy making.
Patrick Grady MP is backing National Consumer Week, a campaign to help people use their consumer rights to get problems with faulty goods like TVs, laptops and mobile phones resolved.
Research from Citizens Advice has revealed that two thirds of people had a problem with faulty electrical goods in the last two years.
However, 1 in 4 people were turned away by retailers when they tried to get a refund, a replacement item or get their item repaired, despite it being the retailer’s responsibility to help.
Patrick Grady from Glasgow has pledged to support Dr Eilidh Whiteford MPs Private Member’s Bill (PMB) which would require the UK Government to legally commit to providing a better framework for addressing violence against women and girls, by making the Istanbul Convention law in the UK - if successful. Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP will bring to the floor of the House, for its Second Reading, her Private Members’ Bill urging the UK Government to ratify the Istanbul Convention on the 16th of December.
On Tuesday 15th November Patrick Grady MP met a number of young people nominated for this year’s British Red Cross Humanitarian Awards for Children and Young Adults.
Twenty finalists, aged seven to twenty-five, attended the award ceremony at the Palace of Westminster. Amongst this year’s shortlisted entries for the awards, sponsored by Canon, was a young man who has set up a coffee shop venture for homeless people, a seven year old who has raised thousands of pounds for diabetes charities and volunteers who did 12 hour shifts in Calais’s refugee camps through last winter.
Patrick Grady, MP for Glasgow North, demonstrated his support for women and men living with breast cancer this October by attending the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer's (APPGBC) Reception at the House of Commons.
More people are developing breast cancer than ever before – with 50,000 women and around 350 men diagnosed every year in the UK – and around 11,500 patients lose their lives to the disease each year.
Patrick Grady MP showed his support for Macmillan and helped to raise awareness of the issues faced by people affected by cancer on Wednesday by attending the World's Biggest Coffee Morning event in Parliament.
More than 220,000 coffee morning events were held around the UK to raise money for Macmillan on and around 30th September. Following the success of the national event Macmillan hosted a coffee morning in the House of Commons where MPs had the opportunity to hear about the challenges facing people living with and beyond cancer and to learn more about some of the services that Macmillan provides.
Patrick Grady, MP for Glasgow North, is calling on his constituents to reject plans from the Tory government to restrict tax credits to two children and introduce a “medieval” rape clause for vulnerable women who have been raped.
Last year the UK Government announced plans to restrict tax credits to two children and force women to provide evidence of exceptional circumstances, such as rape, to claim tax credits for a third child from April next year.
Patrick Grady MP attended Westminster Flu Day, a flu vaccine clinic held in the House of Commons, to encourage his constituents to get this season’s flu vaccine in line with Government recommendations.
Parliamentarians who would not be eligible for a free seasonal flu vaccine on the NHS made a £10 donation to the Carers Trust. £10 is equivalent to the cost of a private vaccination.
52% of at-risk people and 25% of people over the age of 65 in Scotland were not vaccinated against flu last year, even though the consequences of not having a flu vaccine can be serious.
Every single year in the UK, 30,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. Sadly, just less than 1-in-10 survive. It’s time to take action.
As part of European Restart a Heart Day Patrick Grady MP visited The Oliver King Foundation at their launch event in Westminster to show support.
The Oliver King Foundation setup following the tragic death of 12-year-old Oliver King from a sudden cardiac arrest, which kills 12 young people every single week. Oliver was winning a swimming race at school.
SNP spokesperson on International Development Patrick Grady MP has urged the UK Government to rethink its military startegy in Syria and focus on desperately needed humanitarian aid for the region.
Speaking in an emergency debate on the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo on Tuesday 11 October the Glasgow North MP stressed that the people of Syria need "bread, not bombs" and that chaos in the region has only increased since the commencement of UK airstrikes.
Scottish National Party MP and International Development spokesperson Patrick Grady has welcomed the nomination of Portugal’s former Prime Minister Antonio Guterres as the new Secretary General of the United Nations.
Mr Guterres has led the UNHRC for the past 10 years. The UN General Assembly is expected to meet and approve his appointment next week, with Guterres taking over from Ban Ki -moon early next year.
Patrick Grady MP has declared his support for The Royal British Legion and Poppyscotland’s ‘Count Them In’ campaign, which calls for questions on the Armed Forces community to be included in the next UK Census.
It is estimated that there are currently between 6.5 million and 6.7 million members of the Armed Forces community living in the UK, representing about a tenth of the population. However, little is currently known about the exact numbers, location and needs of this significant group. Including new questions on the next census would provide public bodies, local authorities, and charities with valuable information to ensure they are able to deliver the best services they can for our Armed Forces community.
Patrick Grady MP attended the launch of new research commissioned by the British Red Cross which reveals that many lives could be saved if the public knew first aid. The research, conducted by the University of Manchester, shows that up to 59% of 'pre-hospital' deaths from injury could potentially be prevented if more people stepped in with some simple first aid.
While 93% of people will call for an ambulance if they find someone with an injury, first aid intervention of any kind is was infrequent. Around half did not attempt any first aid while waiting for the emergency medical services to arrive. Patrick Grady MP learnt two simple first aid skills and pledged support for others to also have the opportunity to gain the confidence and learn the skills that could save a life.
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.