Maxwell presents cheque to anti-smoking charity ASH Scotland

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStewart Maxwell MSP has visited the headquarters of ASH Scotland to hear about the charity’s work to reduce smoking and hand over a cheque donation to Chief Executive Sheila Duffy.

Mr Maxwell, who introduced a Bill in parliament that paved the way for the ban on smoking in public places, presented a cheque for £75 to Ms Duffy and praised the actions taken by ASH Scotland to reduce tobacco-related harm.

Commenting, Stewart Maxwell MSP said:

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to support the work of ASH Scotland which has campaigned tirelessly to improve public health in Scotland. (more…)

Maxwell slams Labour plans to increase tax for hard working Eastwood families

Stewart Maxwell MSP has today slammed Scottish Labour for announcing that they will increase tax for hard working families in Eastwood.

Speaking Stewart said,

“I am astonished that Scottish Labour believe that the way to protect the people of Eastwood from Tory austerity is to increase the tax burden on hard-pressed, hard-working families. (more…)

Maxwell leads Holocaust Memorial Day debate

HMD2014SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell will today lead a debate in the Scottish Parliament on Holocaust Memorial Day – and will urge everyone in Scotland to recommit to ensuring that racism, sectarianism, bigotry and anti-Semitism are never allowed to go unchallenged.

The theme of Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 – which takes place on January 27th – is ‘Don’t stand by’, noting the dangers of standing silently while persecution and discrimination take place.  

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Maxwell appears on BBC2 talking about protecting our children from harmful online content

Maxwell - TV Studio - Jan 16 (2)After Thursday (14th January) Members debate in Parliament on protecting our children and vulnerable groups from harmful online content, Stewart Maxwell MSP appeared on BBC 2 Scotland to talk about his views and thoughts regarding this topical issue.

“The lyrics and images in certain music videos are completely inappropriate for children and research indicates that the introduction of age ratings for online music videos would be welcomed by most parents.

“This is not about banning material that is suitable for adults; it is about ensuring that material that is not suitable for children is not available to children. There is undoubtedly more we can do to protect under 18s from being exposed to adult material online.”

A link to the interview can be found below;

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06w4nn3/scotland-2016-14012016

Maxwell leads debate on protecting children and vulnerable groups from harmful online content

 

Stewart Maxwell MSP - Scottish Parliament.SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell led a debate in Parliament on Thursday (14th January) about protecting children and other vulnerable groups from harmful online content.

During the debate, Mr Maxwell praised the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) for its work on the regulation of music videos that are produced in the UK.

The BBFC has taken steps to introduce an age-rating classification system for music videos similar to that utilised by the film industry. Mr Maxwell described this as a significant step forward in providing clear guidelines for parents and children around explicit content in music videos. (more…)