New MP is the right man to fight Scotland’s corner

I was pleased to learn that my newly-elected colleague, East Dunbartonshire MP John Nicolson, will sit on the Select Committee for Media, Culture and Sport at Westminster.

As a former BBC journalist, he is definitely the right man for the job and he has said he will use the appointment to call for more devolution of broadcasting to Scotland.

During last year’s referendum, and indeed since then, the BBC has come in for a lot of criticism for being too London-based and for not representing the majority of political opinion in Scotland.

At a time when the BBC charter is under renewal, it’s good to know that there will be someone fighting Scotland’s corner.

John has said he would like to see more original drama being made in Scotland and a six o’clock news programme from BBC Scotland as well.

Bus services to the new South Glasgow Hospital have been in the news recently and I am extremely disappointed that in both my constituencies, Milngavie and Clydebank, there is no direct service being offered by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport.

This situation is unacceptable and I have had many people from both constituencies complain that this is simply unfair.

I will continue to put pressure on SPT, who did originally promise they would look at gaps in the service, in a bid to achieve a satisfactory solution.

Finally, a wee reminder about an important date for your diary, when you can help raise funds for a devastating illness which is affecting more and more people in society.

A Memory Walk is leaving from Milngavie Water Works on Sunday, August 30, from 10.45am to raise money for Alzheimer Scotland, a fantastic organisation which offers help and support to sufferers and their families.

Registration is from 10am and the Alzheimer Scotland’s memory bus will be at Drumclog car park with a local dementia adviser on hand to offer information and advice. Registration £10 for adults, £5 for 12 to 16 year olds.

The event is free for under-12s.

For more information about the work done by the charity go to www.alzscot.org