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It was lovely to get this video in my inbox over the weekend. Professor Alison Phipps of the University of Glasgow has been working on a project for the past three years, investigating how we work in a multilingual way at borders and under pain and pressure, mainly with refugees but also with internally displaced peoples (IDPS) and former child soldiers, as well as unaccompanied minors.
The work is reaching its climax and the story of the project and the experiences have been translated into dance and a new suite of compositions by indigenous young people & IDPS from the Noyam Institute for African Dance in the Dangbe Forest, in Dodowa, Ghana.
Following difficulties with the group obtaining visas in time to perform at the Solas Festival, I contacted the Immigration Minister to urge him to intervene to save the performance. The musicians and dancers started arriving over the weekend and I am looking forward to seeing them in their rehearsals today.
If you are at Solas this weekend you are in for a treat! Unfortunately, 6 of the performers have not managed to get their visas through in time and will be missing out. While I am grateful for the efforts that the Immigration Minister and his office made in trying to assist, this should have never been necessary and the Home Office should have processed these visas in plenty of time.
I will be asking more questions of the Home Office in the days and weeks ahead but, for now, let's just celebrate this wonderful project!
Following the horrific event which has taken place at Grenfell Tower in London, I have been contacted by many constituents who are rightly concerned about the safety of similar multi-storey properties in Glasgow North West and across the city.
Many of these blocks have either recently or are currently being refurbished. Having written to the Wheatley Group, which encompasses Glasgow Housing Association and Cube Housing Association among others, I have been assured that the materials used are different from the cladding system which was in place in Grenfell Tower and is manufactured with non-combustible materials designed to restrict the spread of fire.
As part of their fire safety regime, fire stopping measures have been installed in their multi-storeys as well as sprinklers in many of the bin store areas. I understand that they have a programme in place to extend this to all properties. There are also daily patrols with local staff identifying health and safety issues.
The Wheatley Group will be setting up a helpline for anyone who wants extra reassurance and, if any tenants are particularly concerned, they are invited to contact them to arrange a visit with a housing officer or a home fire safety visit in partnership with Scottish Fire and Rescue.
I will continue to follow developments at Grenfell Tower closely as the causes of this disaster become better established. I would expect this to be reflected on when assessing safety standards in all blocks of this kind both here in Glasgow and across the UK.
My thoughts and prayers remain with all involved.
As Theresa May’s government continues to spiral into absolute chaos, it is only right that we demand full scrutiny and transparency over any arrangement the Conservatives seek to strike with the DUP.
This deal could have serious implications for the continued success of the Good Friday Agreement, and the DUP’s views on LGBT rights, women’s rights and climate change are nothing short of appalling.
I have written to the Prime Minister to express my utter dismay that the UK Government is seeking to reach such an agreement, and I would urge her to reconsider her position.
My SNP colleagues and I will always seek to work with other parties in support of progressive policies across the UK.
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I am incredibly proud and honoured to be re-elected as the MP for Glasgow North West.
The rain on polling day was of biblical proportions so I'm particularly grateful to everyone who braved the elements to exercise their democratic rights. Regardless of how you voted on Thursday, my team and I will continue working for everyone in this constituency.
I have just arrived back in London where I will continue to be a voice for the people of Glasgow North West.
Many thanks to everyone who has supported me over the last two years and especially those who gave their time so generously during my campaign.