PLAIN TOBACCO PACKAGING A STEP FORWARD

Marlboro4wiki2Stewart Maxwell MSP has welcomed the recent vote by MPs to approve the use of plain tobacco packaging.

The Westminster vote means that from 2016 every tobacco product packet will be identical, except for the brand name and the addition of various health warnings.

The Scottish Parliament had already agreed that the legislation would apply in Scotland if approved at a UK level. (more…)

MSP PRESENTS PRIZES TO CARLIBAR COMPETITION WINNERS

IMG_2399 - CopyWest of Scotland MSP, Stewart Maxwell, recently visited Carlibar Primary School to present prizes to students who participated in a European-wide art competition.

Mr Maxwell nominated the school to represent Scotland in the competition and students submitted art work based on the theme of ‘my region, my future’.

The three talented competition winners were P6 pupils, Jack Watson (1st place), Chelsea Anne Wallace (2nd place) and Chelsey Thomson (3rd place). Each student won a luxury coloured pencil set and postcards of their winning art work. (more…)

MAXWELL WELCOMES FUNDING FOR CROOKFUR PRIMARY SCHOOL REFURBISHMENT

amp20150119StewartMaxwellMSP3SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell has welcomed the announcement that Crookfur Primary School in East Renfrewshire is to benefit from a multi-million pound refurbishment through the Scottish Government’s Schools for the Future Programme.

During a visit to Crookfur Primary School and Nursery, the Cabinet Secretary for Education announced that the school would be fully refurbished and extended with the funding, accommodating up to 420 pupils and 90 nursery places. (more…)

MURPHY’S ‘SHAMELESS HYPOCRISY’ ON TUITION FEES WON’T FOOL STUDENTS

Students in Scotland won’t be fooled by Jim Murphy’s ‘shameless hypocrisy’ on tuition fees, the SNP is saying today – after the Labour leader’s latest announcement highlighted his own record in backing fees south of the border.

 
As a leading member of the Blairite faction within Labour, Jim Murphy voted in favour of introducing tuition fees south of the border – and faced criticism during his time as president of the National Union of Students for his pro-fees stance, which saw him describe the idea of free tuition as “incoherent, indefensible and unrealistic.” (more…)

POLL: SNP MOST TRUSTED WITH SCOTLAND’S EDUCATION SYSTEM

SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell has welcomed the findings of a new poll suggesting that the SNP is the party most trusted to protect Scotland’s education system – with far more people trusting the SNP than all the other parties put together.

The Survation poll found trust in the SNP on education outstripped Labour by more than two-to-one – with 40 per cent of people in Scotland putting their trust in the SNP compared to just 17 per cent for Labour. (more…)