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Friday, 25 September 2015 13:41

Appeal For Volunteer Drivers

APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEER DRIVERS

Our local MP Brendan O'Hara recently had lunch with The Helensburgh Lunch Club at the United Reform.Church in Helensburgh.

Monday, 21 September 2015 17:15

Winter Festival

Winter festival. This will be held in Helensburgh on Saturday and Sunday, 28th and 29th November.

Friday, 04 September 2015 06:31

We must do more

NICOLA Sturgeon last night condemned David Cameron’s refusal to join an EU initiative designed to give sanctuary to desperate refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria.

Wednesday, 02 September 2015 20:51

SNP welcomes 'sensational' poll & rising support

The SNP is today welcoming a poll showing support for the party remains at over 50 per cent on the constituency and list votes – and that support for independence is now at 55 per cent when Don’t knows are removed.

Wednesday, 02 September 2015 20:27

Mundell Must Strengthen Scotland Bill

The SNP is today calling on Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell to set out improvements to strengthen the Scotland Bill as a matter of urgency.

Sunday, 30 August 2015 08:56

Media Watch Helensburgh

Is  anyone  interested  in  helping  to  set  up  a  Media  Watch  Group?  This could be run from within Helensburgh SNP or we could also include neighbouring SNP branches.  Some projected activities include:  

  • maintaining  a  blog  for  ourselves  and  others  to  contribute  to,  especially  regarding  instances  of  bias  &  demonstrably  unfair  media  practice  in  relation  to  the  SNP,  which  would  also  constitute  a  log  of  the  same  
  • developing and  maintaining  links  with  other  related  blogs  and  websites  such  as  Exposing  anti-­‐independence  bias  on  the  BBC  
  • analysing  news  content,  especially  at  the  BBC,  to  compare  and  contrast  with  other  tv  networks  and  with  online  news  providers  and  the  press 
  • reading  and  disseminating  pertinent  information  and  ideas  available  in  books  such  as  GA  Ponsonby:  London  Calling:  How  the  BBC  stole  the   referendum  
  • informing  ourselves  and  others  about  the  history  of  bias  in  the  media  generally  and  the  BBC  in  particular  as  there  have  been  many  proven  instances  outwith  the  perspective  of  the  SNP,  and  this  knowledge  helps  us  to formulate  &  present  our  argument  eg  Robin  Aitken:  Can  we  still  trust  the  BBC?      
    Anyone  interested  please  contact  Ellen  Renton  via  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
    This is really about communication between members  
     
Sunday, 30 August 2015 08:54

Take the lead in your area

We had our first meeting of the ‘Area Liaisons Leaders’ last Friday, thanks to everyone that came along. At the meeting we touched on what the role of an Area Liaison Leader would be. It would involve contacting a group of members in your local area, finding out if they are interested in participating in the branch, from folding leaflets to baking. Invite members of your group to arranged social meetings, checking if anyone needs a lift, promote the 40/60 club and generally finding out what members of the branch would be interested in, perhaps a particular speaker or a political education topic to be discussed at the branch, or perhaps a member has a great idea for fund raising.


This is really about communication between members, a sharing of ideas with each other, a way to involve our members in the branch. The Area Liaison team would meet as decided by the group and report back to the branch. This is a new idea and we are looking forward to see it develop within the branch, if you are interested or would just like to know more about it, or have an idea that you would like to let us know about please get in touch with me. Many thanks
Lilly

Sunday, 30 August 2015 08:52

Allies hope for

The SNP in Westminster is the party which leads the campaign against 'austerity', Trident and the greed of Tory/Labour neoliberalism. We are the strongest voice but if Jeremy Corbyn is elected leader of UK Labour, he could provide us with the prospect of an active ally in fighting this campaign.

SNP members know this work to be essential for the future of the people of Scotland. They also know that the forces against us within the UK are powerful and that success can only be fully achieved through independence for Scotland.

I come broadly from the same political times and background as Jeremy Corbyn. Although unlikely to be an active supporter of Scottish independence, it is important that we understand his probable attitude towards this question. The milieu hat he comes from takes a clear view of such matters - independence is a self-determination issue plain and simple. If the people of Scotland see themselves as distinct and express this through a clear, democratic decision for independence then the matter is settled. He is also unlikely to be concerned with the Unionist obsession of maintaining the territorial integrity of the UK. We bear in mind that allies are similar but not the same – that’s why they are allies.

If Corbyn beats the odds to become UK Labour leader then he will be under constant attack by establishment forces both inside and outside his own party. He will be fighting for many of the same things that we are fighting and facing the same opponents. Corbyn could help to activate forces that could make our campaign struggle, UK wide, helping to break establishment attempts to marginalise the huge numbers of people in the rest of the UK to whom, Jeremy Corbyn, represents a glimmer of humanity and hope. In a bleak and brutal political landscape, where there has been no equivalent of the SNP, surely, if he wins, we must reach out and seek common ground with this potential ally.

Saturday, 29 August 2015 08:45

Votes for 16 and 17 year olds

A motion, supported by Brendan O'Hara, was introduced  in Westminster. "That this House welcomes the study by the University of Edinburgh which states that 67 per cent of people aged 16 and 17 years old would participate in an election if given the chance to do so; notes that this compares favourably with figures released in the same study which suggested that the expected participation level would be 39 per cent in England, Wales and Northern Ireland; and further recognises that through the independence referendum young people in Scotland have experienced a level of civic engagement and debate which should be encouraged by ensuring that in all future elections and referenda the franchise should be extended to all 16 and 17 year olds throughout the UK."

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