Diary of an MP – Russell Brown

Regeneration

The regeneration of our area is one of my top priorities and I have been meeting council officers, along with Stranraer and North Rhins councillor Marion McCutcheon, to give it a kick start.

I was disappointed that councillors haven’t backed calls for the Stranraer waterfront regeneration project to be returned to a national property because this would have meant the reinstatement of £8 million.

Better together

The Better Together campaign to keep the United Kingdom together launched less than a month ago, and already has more than 3000 people signed up to help. Two polls have shown that support for separation is slipping while support for Scotland remaining in the UK is rising.

Over the next couple of years as we head towards the likely date of the referendum, the campaign will make the positive case for the UK. Having been born and brought up in Dumfries and Galloway, I am proud to be Scottish. But I believe Scotland is stronger, better and wealthier by being in the UK. The Scottish Parliament, working in partnership within the United Kingdom, gives us the best of both worlds.

Unemployment

Long-term unemployment in Dumfries and Galloway has now reached a 15-year high, with young people especially hard hit. Both the UK and Scottish governments still refuse to change course. Our region is in the midst of a jobs crisis but there is no plan to get our economy growing. How bad do things have to get before they wake up to the dire state of the local economy in Dumfries and Galloway?

Relay for Life

I again coined the team “Russell’s weary ramblers” at this year’s Relay for Life at Park Farm, Dumfries. Relay for Life raises money for Cancer Research UK and it was inspiring to see so many people come together for such a worthy cause. Almost everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer, and it touches families right across the country. The determination of people in Dumfries and Galloway to help fund life-saving treatments and the research for a cure was humbling. Thank you to everyone who took part, sponsored a team and organised the event.

Munitions workers

Thank you to everyone who has contacted me so far about my campaign to get recognition for munitions workers. Munitions workers, most of whom were women, were essential to the war effort during the First and Second World Wars and their dangerous work in factories produced the ammunition used by soldiers on the frontline. In total, there were 1.5 million women employed making munitions, and Dumfries and Galloway was the base for a number of war-time factories. I have met recently with local museums that have a wealth of information and photographs and I am speaking to the government about how best we can collate all this information. We are making progress with getting recognition and I’ll keep in touch with everyone who contacted me.

Contact

Parliament is into summer recess and I will be holding surgeries right across the region. Please get in touch if you have a problem or want some advice. You can reach me by calling 01776 705254 or 01387 247902 or emailing russell@russellbrownmp.com.All my latest news is on my website at www.russellbrownmp.com.

Diary of an MP – Russell Brown

Regeneration

The regeneration of our area is one of my top priorities and I have been meeting council officers, along with Stranraer and North Rhins councillor Marion McCutcheon, to give it a kick start.

I was disappointed that councillors haven’t backed calls for the Stranraer waterfront regeneration project to be returned to a national property because this would have meant the reinstatement of £8 million.

Unemployment

Long-term unemployment in Dumfries and Galloway has now reached a 15-year high, with young people especially hard hit. Both the UK and Scottish governments still refuse to change course. Our region is in the midst of a jobs crisis but there is no plan to get our economy growing. How bad do things have to get before they wake up to the dire state of the local economy in Dumfries and Galloway?

Relay for Life

I again coined the team “Russell’s weary ramblers” at this year’s Relay for Life at Park Farm, Dumfries. Relay for Life raises money for Cancer Research UK and it was inspiring to see so many people come together for such a worthy cause. Almost everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer, and it touches families right across the country. The determination of people in Dumfries and Galloway to help fund life-saving treatments and the research for a cure was humbling. Thank you to everyone who took part, sponsored a team and organised the event.

Munitions workers

Thank you to everyone who has contacted me so far about my campaign to get recognition for munitions workers. Munitions workers, most of whom were women, were essential to the war effort during the First and Second World Wars and their dangerous work in factories produced the ammunition used by soldiers on the frontline. In total, there were 1.5 million women employed making munitions, and Dumfries and Galloway was the base for a number of war-time factories. I have met recently with local museums that have a wealth of information and photographs and I am speaking to the government about how best we can collate all this information. We are making progress with getting recognition and I’ll keep in touch with everyone who contacted me.

Contact

Parliament is into summer recess and I will be holding surgeries right across the region. Please get in touch if you have a problem or want some advice. You can reach me by calling 01776 705254 or 01387 247902 or emailing russell@russellbrownmp.com.All my latest news is on my website at www.russellbrownmp.com.