Christina McKelvie MSP designs action plan for troubled train station
A round-table summit discussing Hamilton Central train station was convened this week, as Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP, Christina McKelvie tabled an action plan for the future of the station.
Following on from demonstrations by the RMT union, the MSP organised an urgent summit to discuss the anti-social behaviour occurring at the train station. The summit was convened at the Scottish Parliament with attendance from the RMT, Scotrail, Police Scotland and other partners involved with the station.
The summit agreed a collective plan of action involving a multi-agency approach in reporting and combatting the anti-social behaviour. It has also been agreed that a future summit will be convened to assess the progress of the action plan.
Commenting on the summit, Christina McKelvie said:
“Today’s meeting was very constructive and I thank all the organisations for agreeing to meet with me on such short notice.
“Make no mistake, this shows the seriousness of our purpose. The safety of my constituents, the public and the staff of Scotrail are absolutely paramount.
“We now have in place an agreed plan of action consisting of wider engagement with the local community, a more visible Police presence at the station and an agreement to facilitate a multi-agency approach to eradicate the anti-social behaviour.
“I want to record my gratitude to all the organisations who have committed their support in overcoming the issues impacting upon the station. I also want to pay tribute to my constituents who have worked in tireless partnership with me to ensure Hamilton Central remains safe and secure for all to use”.
SNP MSP Christina McKelvie has welcomed the passage of the Limitation Childhood Abuse Scotland Bill in the Scottish Parliament.
The Bill, which will have retrospective effect, removes the three-year time limit in which victims of childhood abuse can bring a civil action against their abuser – meaning that survivors can pursue justice later in life.
Commenting, Christina said:
“This Bill is a big step forward in ensuring that survivors of childhood abuse are able to access justice later in life.
“While bringing a civil action may not be the right solution for all survivors of child abuse, it is vital that survivors have the choice to come forward as and when they feel ready to do so.
“Those who have suffered abuse as a child may delay disclosing the trauma for a whole host of reasons, including a difficulty processing what has happened to them, feelings of shame, suppressed memories or indeed pressure from the abuser. And it’s important that they have the choice to take the time to come forward.
“While it remains the case that the courts will weigh up the available evidence in each individual case, these changes to the law will give survivors the all-important choice about what actions they can legally take to seek justice.”
Christina McKelvie MSP blasts Conservative austerity
The UK Conservative Government were handed a blow as the High Court deemed their cap on welfare benefits illegal. The court ruled that the cap, which limits the total welfare payments to one household to £20,000 a year, illegally discriminated against single parent households.
The ruling, initiated by four lone parent families who successfully argued that the benefit cap disproportionally discriminated against them, was presided over by High Court judge, Mr Justice Collins.
In his summary, Mr Justice Collins criticised the Conservative Government, stating “real misery is being caused to no good purpose”.
Commenting on the ruling, MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie said:
“The ruling from the High Court is a damning indictment on the Conservative Government who should be ashamed in their continued pursuit of austerity.
“Austerity is a deliberate, callous political choice – pure and simple. Despite the clear detrimental impact the benefit cap is having on lone parent households, the Tories still have the gall to appeal the decision of the High Court.
“This isn’t the first time the Tories welfare cap has been ruled illegal – they have previous for discriminating against the disabled and their carer’s.
“Whether your disabled, a single parent, young or old, the Tories seem unrelenting in their policy to cut from the most vulnerable.
“Whilst I praise the courage and fortitude of those lone parents who came forward and took on the UK Government, I would implore an urgent rethink from the Tories so more people don’t end vulnerable and impoverished as a result of their policies."