ANGUS MACDONALD MSP SIGNS UP TO THE BACKPACK PROJECT WITH MARY’S MEALS

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SNP MSP for Falkirk East, Angus MacDonald, has signed up to The Backpack Project, and has announced that his office in Grangemouth will be a drop off point for the project.

Mary’s Meals are a charity based in Argyll with projects across the globe, helping some of the world’s poorest children by providing them with meals every day they attend school. The Backpack Project aims to give these children the basic equipment they require to attend school, such as pens and notepads, as well as toothpaste, soap and school uniforms.

Recognising the importance of the project in providing life-changing support to some of the world’s poorest children, Angus MacDonald MSP decided it was only right that he should play a part in the project.

Commenting, MSP for Falkirk East, Angus MacDonald, said:

“We don’t often hear about the issues faced by children in countries such as Haiti and Lebanon when there is so much fog in the media these days. However, these issues are ever prevalent and, without addressing them, they will continue to get worse.

“Giving children from the poorest countries in the world, who are in these situations through no fault of their own, the tools they need to set them on their way to getting an education is the first step in supporting the future generations of these countries who will, undoubtedly, be in a position to learn from the mistakes of the past and build for a better future.

“That is why I have decided that my office should be a drop-off point for The Backpack Project. Filling an old school-bag, which is no longer being used, with notepads, pencils and school uniform for boys and girls to have the best chance at a good start in life is the least we can do to help, and I am pleased to be able to play my part in what is an important global initiative to help some of the world’s poorest children.”

More details can be found at https://www.marysmeals.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/the-backpack-project/what-to-pack

SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT URGED TO PRAISE FIVE BROTHERS’ BUDGET BRAVEHEART FILM

 

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SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT URGED TO PRAISE FIVE BROTHERS’ BUDGET BRAVEHEART FILM

 

The Scottish Parliament has been urged to praise a debut film dubbed the budget Braveheart that was made by five brothers from two Scots families.

 

The Gaelic King, an epic fantasy set in 800AD about an ancient Scots monarch and his battles against the forces of evil, is now on home release worldwide.

 

Fellowship Film – brothers Philip, Matthew and Nathan Todd and their cousins John and Tom Walkinshaw – shot many scenes for the 90-minute film in and around their family home in Airth in the Falkirk East constituency of SNP MSP, Angus MacDonald.

 

In a congratulatory motion, Mr MacDonald told the Parliament the brothers were “inspired by epic fantasy films” and hoped to “harness Scotland’s potential as the perfect location for filmmaking”.

 

In the motion, he also asked his fellow MSPs to “recognise Scotland’s history in film and TV production from Whisky Galore and Tutti Frutti” to worldwide productions such as Game of Thrones and Outlander.

 

And he highlighted Scotland’s potential to build on its success through the development of film studios in the Pentland area as well as existing studios in Cumbernauld.

 

Mr MacDonald said Parliament should be encouraging the “wealth of talent in Scotland, from actors and actresses to behind the scenes production professionals, to continue to seek excellence in this sector to promote Scotland as the place to be for filmmakers.”

 

He also asked that Parliament “commends Fellowship Film on the production, development and release of its debut feature, and wishes it continued success in its future projects.”

 

Fellowship Film took three years to complete the project on a micro budget, relying on crowd funding, friends and families plus sales’ advances to make their dream come true.

 

The brothers have always been proud that the film – promoted as Braveheart meets Game of Thrones – was made in Scotland.

 

“We are grateful to Mr MacDonald for his Parliamentary motion and pleased he admires our work,” said the film’s director, Philip Todd.

 

“This is a great surprise. Everyone knows we took risks to make it happen and that we had to go it alone.

 

“We brought together more than 200 people whose creativity, talent and energy helped us achieve the impossible. All in all, this is a fantastic Scottish project, a Scottish film in every way.

 

“If the Scottish Parliament is in a position to praise The Gaelic King then we will all be extremely happy.”

 

SCOTTISH ECONOMIC GROWTH OUTSTRIPS THE UK

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New GDP figures show that Scotland’s economy has grown 0.8% in the first quarter of 2017, four times the UK growth rate for the same quarter.

Production grew by 3.1%, accounting for most of the growth in Scotland, and the services industry grew by 0.3%.

Since 2007, productivity in Scotland – the key driver of economic performance -  has grown by more than 7%. In the UK as a whole productivity growth has been close to zero (0.4%). 

Commenting on the latest GDP figures, SNP MSP Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, said:

We are seeing an improving picture across Scotland – the economy is growing, the number of people in employment is rising and unemployment is at historic lows.

“Falkirk district has lots to be confident about. The SNP Scottish Government’s £6 billion infrastructure plan, £500 million Scottish Growth Scheme and record investment in Modern Apprenticeships and education will continue to support the local economy.

“However Brexit, and being removed from the world’s largest single market, poses the biggest threat to this progress and Scotland’s economy. A blind crusade towards a hard Brexit cliff edge could cost our economy around £11 billion a year by 2030 and result in 80,000 fewer jobs, and the fall in Sterling since the referendum is already pushing up prices and squeezing household incomes. This, accompanied by relentless Tory austerity, means we cannot be complacent.

“The SNP has a plan to grow our economy and we will continue to work hard to support it through difficult times ahead - determined to remain an open, European nation inside the world’s largest single market.”

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