Scottish Sports Working Together To Save Lives

27 Dec 2018

The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS) organised a drop-in at the Scottish Parliament, sponsored by Bill Kidd MSP, for members of the Scottish Parliament to meet with SABS, the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS), the St Andrew’s Sporting Club (with British bantamweight boxing champion Kash Farooq, Ambassador for SABS’ Blood Donation Campaign), the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL), the Edinburgh City Football Club and the Scottish Ambulance Service on Wednesday 12th December.

Primarily, the meeting showcased the launch of a coordinated action in Scotland to catapult and promote the work of blood donation and the recruitment of blood donors from all parts of Scottish society, and was the platform for this group to seek to obtain the support of MSPs for the work of bringing this message to Scotland’s sporting industries.

 

The drop-in brought together MSPs with these organisations who share a commitment to working jointly to bring the importance of blood donation to the forefront of discussions with young adults in sport.

 

MSPs received briefings on blood donation. This sports-focused and collaborative approach has the potential to encourage thousands of young people to give blood. The NHS is wanting to encourage young adults (over the age of 17) to give blood to save a life. Around half of current blood donors are from people aged 45 and over, so bringing this to the attention of the younger generation is vitally important.

Motion S5M-15207: Christmas Day

19 Dec 2018

That the Parliament notes that 25 December marks Christmas Day and is celebrated by Christians as the birth day of Jesus, whom they believe was born without Mary and Joseph having sexual relations and was both completely human and completely divine; acknowledges that Christians believe that Jesus lived for some 33 years in what was then Roman-occupied territory and fulfilled his main purpose of dying by crucifixion in order to pay for the sins of past and future generations; considers that Christianity has had a huge impact in Scotland over many centuries and that this faith has a valid place in present day society and will continue to do so in future, and wishes everyone well as Christians celebrate this important day in their calendar.

Motion S5M-09563: Hampden Park

15 Dec 2018

That the Parliament notes with affection the tremendous role that Hampden Park has played in the history of Scottish football at both international and club level over many years; further notes that Glasgow has two other excellent large stadia at Celtic Park and Ibrox, while Edinburgh has the larger and also excellent Murrayfield; considers that the present Hampden is a poor shadow of its former self; believes that, without Hampden, Glasgow can still be the venue for major football matches, but that Murrayfield and medium-sized club grounds such as Tynecastle, Easter Road and Pittodrie could be used as appropriate, and hopes that the Scottish Football Association will seriously consider whether Scotland really needs four large sports stadia.

JOHN MASON MSP VOTES AGAINST DAMAGING BREXIT DEAL

05 Dec 2018

The Scottish Parliament has overwhelmingly rejected Theresa May’s false choice of a bad Brexit or No Deal.

 

The joint motion agreed by the SNP, Labour, Greens and the Lib Dems stated that a better alternative must be found – leaving the Tories isolated in their support for Theresa May’s discredited proposals.

Commenting, John said:

 

“Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU, but our interests have been ignored by the UK government since day one.

 

“With the Scottish Parliament now overwhelmingly against the false choice of Theresa May’s deal or No Deal, it is time for the UK government to listen.

 

“Theresa May’s deal is at this point little more than a hypothetical exercise, with all sides of the House of Commons determined to defeat it on Tuesday.

 

“The clock is ticking. It’s time for a new approach and to look at the real alternatives which will protect jobs and livelihoods in the East End – whether that be a second referendum giving Scotland the opportunity to remain in the EU, or the compromise proposal of staying in the single-market that the Scottish Government unveiled two years ago.”