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Strathaven Echo Column 3rd July 2017


Strathaven Echo Column 3rd July 2017

At the Queen’s Speech, the legislative programme for the next two years revolved around the start of the Brexit negotiations with the European Union, however it also covered other important topics such as the Economy and social care. Since I’ve been re-elected I’ve been privileged to speak in the Queen’s Speech debate on the issue of health and social care. As a former Consultant Forensic and Clinical Psychologist who had worked for twenty years in the NHS prior to being elected as MP I raised concern around the waiting times for mental health services as well as the funding going to front line medical practitioners.

I am delighted to be SNP Westminster spokesperson for Mental Health as it affords me the opportunity to speak in important debates on health matters.  Having a designated spokesperson on mental health demonstrates our commitment to parity of esteem between physical and mental health.  One in four people will suffer mental health problems at some point in their life and we must overcome the stigma surrounding mental illness, increase awareness and ensure access to timely supports.  I look forward to working with cross party colleagues at Westminster to utilise my experience in the field and ensure best practice.

It has been brought to my attention that the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is soon to be offering specialist mentoring support for people entering the agriculture industry. The scheme will offer face-to-face support to customers from agriculture relationship managers. People who bank elsewhere will also be able receive free mentoring support for up to three years from sector specialists. I’m really glad to hear of this support scheme as it is vital to promote sustainable development within the farming community.

I have been happy to find out about the extensive funding coming to Strathaven, approved recently by South Lanarkshire Council Executive Committee: Strathaven Academy is to receive £94,000 funding for the school to carry out laboratory conversion works which will allow more classroom flexibility; and Ballgreen Hall had £2.390million approved toward the New Combined School and Community Facility.

The Friends of Strathaven Park initiative to open a sensory garden is a great effort by the community group. Sensory gardens are wonderful attractions that everyone in Strathaven can enjoy. I’m happy to hear that our Park, which was voted the best park in Scotland in 2016, will continue to go from strength to strength.

I’d like to say congratulations to Kirlandpark Primary School who have now opened the doors to their new facility. I look forward to seeing the school in the new term.

I will be arranging visits to Nursing and Retirement homes in the next two months so if you would like me to come to your home then get in touch. If you have any other questions or would like me to look into a case, please contact my Strathaven office on 01357 520879.


Dr Lisa Cameron MP supports Which? campaign for better broadband speeds.


Dr Lisa Cameron supports the Consumers Association Which? campaign for better internet speeds.

Research by Which? shows that the bottom 25th percent of East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow are receiving broadband speeds of 4.5Mbps.

10Mbps is the proposed minimum speed under the Government’s Universal Obligation (USO) which would see the internet speeds increase across the country.

Which? have launched a new speed checker tool as part of their Fix Bad Broadband campaign to try to combat poor internet speeds.

Lisa commented:

“Poor broadband is an issue that effects each part of my constituency but is a particular problem in the rural areas.

“I know this is an important topic for a lot of people in East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow and that is why I gave my support to the Which? Campaign to make sure that people are receiving the bandwidth they are paying for.”

For more information about the campaign visit:


Veteran’s Day 2017: Dr Lisa Cameron MP Honours Local Heroes


Veteran’s Day 2017 celebrations attracted local military personnel from across the county to the Royal British Legion on Thursday [21st June 2017].

Ex-servicemen and women of the Army, RAF, Navy and Royal Marines were honoured with gratitude by local dignitaries including Dr Lisa Cameron in her returned role as MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow.

Dr Cameron led proceedings again for the third year running and paid gratitude to the veterans and supporters who attended the event.

Speaking to the Veterans Dr Cameron said, “You are all heroes because you put your life on the line to protect our democracy.”

Dr Cameron announced that she will be attending the armed forces Parliamentary Scheme for Members of Parliament later this year starting with the experience of the Royal Navy.

Chairman of The Royal British Legion Eddie Hayes was presented with a plaque in recognition of the work of the Legion by Depute Provost Collette Stevenson in recognition of his work.

A special mention was given to local resident Mr George Gray from Stonehouse who, as well as being a veteran, is a former World Guiness Record holder for the most blood donated.  Mr Gray received a British Empire Medal in recognition of his work in the community after being nominated by Dr Cameron. [Photo attached].

Dignitaries in attendance included:

Depute provost Collette Stevenson, Chairman of Legion Scotland Eddie Hayes, Lieutenant Colonel Tarbot, Ian Forsyth from Legion Scotland, Karen McBeath from Erskine, Rt. Hon. Adam Ingram, Ailsa Alcock from Help for Heroes, and Chief Petty Officer John Leber. Stephen Shirres Regional Fundraiser West for PoppyScotland.

Several donations were made to local charities:

Erskine Hospital £2500

Kilbryde Hospice £1000

ENABLE East Kilbride £1000

EK Dementia £500

Soldiers Off The Streets £750

and Help for Heroes £750

All fundraising was through Legion Scotland.

The local pipe band The Last of the Summer Wine Piping Group provided the ceremonial bagpiping.

Thanks were made to sponsors of the event Sainsbury’s and Tennents.



Dr Lisa Cameron MP backs call for Banks to help people with cancer


Dr Lisa Cameron MP backs call for Banks to help people with cancer

Dr Lisa Cameron MP showed her support for Macmillan Cancer Support and helped to raise awareness of the financial impact of cancer at a Parliamentary event on Tuesday 4 July.

At the event, East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow MP Dr Cameron heard about how the financial impact of cancer affects 4 out of 5 cancer patients, leaving them on average £570 a month worse off.1 This is a result of lost income – if people are too ill to work – and increased expenses. This is leaving people struggling to pay their bills, and worrying about money.

With the number of people with cancer growing, it’s vital that action is taken now to ensure people get the support they need to cope financially when they have cancer.

Now, the charity Macmillan Cancer Support is calling for the banking sector to do more to help – a call supported by Dr Cameron. Macmillan’s research reveals that while there are pockets of good practice by the banking sector, a quarter of people who told their bank about their cancer were dissatisfied with the help they received.2

Dr Lisa Cameron attended the Parliamentary event and said,

“It’s shocking to hear that people with cancer are having to worry about money when they should be focusing on their health.

Banks and building societies, as providers of people’s main financial products – such as mortgages, or credit cards – have an unrivalled ability to help people with the financial impact of cancer.”

“Banks need to be taking steps themselves as well as the Financial Conduct Authority – who regulate banks, and the Government have an important role to play in ensuring banks know that supporting people with cancer must be a priority.”

Macmillan is calling for banks to offer early, tailored support and ensure staff are trained to identify and help customers with cancer.

It’s also calling on industry representatives and the regulator to do more to set out what banks are expected to do. Finally, they are urging the Government to change the law to make it a legal duty for banks to support vulnerable customers, such as those with cancer.

For more information, please visit





DR Lisa Cameron MP welcomed a call for review of traffic rules to prevent road traffic accidents.

Nearly two-thirds of motor vehicle collisions take place at junctions.  This increases to three-quarters of collisions for people cycling.

British Cycling has called for motoring, walking and cycling organisations to support their proposal to update the Highway Code to create a simple rule for giving way when turning and to carry out further research into applying these rules at traffic signals.

The updated Highway Code would detail that ‘when turning at a junction, give way to people walking, cycling or driving who are going straight ahead.’

Dr Cameron said, “Cycling is excellent for families and for our health across Scotland and the UK.

“We must ensure that there are well marked cycle paths and that roads are safe for cyclists.

“I want to see everyone who can, maximising health gains via outdoor pursuits of walking and cycling wherever possible and we must ensure that these activities are as safe as they can be for all.”


East Kilbride News – 05/12/16



EK News – 5/12/16

This weekend for Small Business Saturday, I was delighted to champion the  day by announcing the winners of my own constituency Small Business Awards 2016.  Small Businesses are the bedrock of our local economy and important for local jobs and I believe it is crucially important as MP that I support their development.  Scottish Government action to support small businesses across Scotland includes the small business bonus and the £500M growth fund.  Across South Lanarkshire we have 8,585 local enterprises providing 34,680 jobs with a turnover of £2.987M.  In a tough competition, this years’ Small Business winner, with most nominations, was Cake Stuff in Lesmahagow, who are a Living Wage Employer and have gone from strength to strength exporting across the UK.  The winner of the Most Inclusive Business Award was DNDP Couriers from East Kilbride, who are a social enterprise providing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Both small businesses will have their achievements marked in Parliament on an Early Day Motion celebrating their contribution to our economy and community and I will present them with a framed copy of the EDM.

The 3rd of December marked International Day of Persons with Disabilities.  As Chair of the Disability APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group), I was delighted to open the Porter Mobility Matters Conference at East Kilbride’s Holiday Inn.  We heard inspirational stories from service users during the day for whom prosthetics and orthotics had led to rehabilitation, independence, building of self-esteem and had transformed their lives.  I am pleased to currently be working with Disability Sport Scotland to help bring opportunity and inclusion to young people with disability across the constituency.

I spent Saturday morning at the Town Centre with the “Stay in East Kilbride” Centre One and Post Office campaigns. “Stay in East Kilbride” are publicising the upcoming meeting which I will be attending. It is so important that we support our local services and jobs which are integral to local prosperity. I am disgusted with Tory plans to close Centre One and the threat to our Crown Post Office will have a huge detrimental effect on the economy of East Kilbride and is totally unacceptable for our community.

Thank you to all of the schools who have taken part in my MP Christmas Card Competition this year.  We had fantastic entries from ten schools. The winner will be announced this week and their design will go to the printers and used as my Christmas card 2016.  The top three entries and a winner from each school will also receive book vouchers to encourage their ongoing learning and participation in our First Minister’s reading challenge.


Dr Cameron joins forces with Arthritis UK’s Share Your Everyday campaign


Dr Cameron joins forces with Arthritis UK’s Share Your Everyday campaign

Dr Lisa Cameron MP has pledged to continue to work with the charity Arthritis Research UK to push back the limits of arthritis for the thousands of local people living with the pain, isolation and fatigue of the condition.


Dr Cameron has joined forces with the charity as part of its Share Your Everyday campaign, asking local people to share their everyday experiences of living with arthritis.


Speaking as Arthritis Champion for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow, Dr Cameron said, “What this campaign has made clear is the massive impact arthritis can have on a person’s life, and the huge number of local people that are living with arthritis right now.


“These are very painful and debilitating conditions.  The Government needs to listen to the voice of people with arthritis and ensure they receive the care, support and opportunities they need to live independent lives.


Arthritis Research UK director of external affairs, Olivia Belle, said:


“Arthritis is the biggest cause of pain and disability in the UK, but we know that many people with arthritis often feel isolated by the pain and fatigue of their condition.


“I’m delighted Dr Cameron is involved with our Share Your Everyday campaign, giving people with arthritis in East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow a voice.


“This year we’re asking people to share their everyday with us, to help us continue to harness the power of exceptional science and push back the limits of arthritis.


Share your everyday experiences of living with arthritis to help Arthritis Research UK find your everyday freedom.

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East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow’s MP Dr Lisa Cameron has presented the local WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaign petition to Parliament, where signatures from the constituency were combined with tens of thousands from all over Scotland and the UK.



Local MP Dr Cameron calls for the Tories to introduce transitional pension measures for women born in the 1950s.  The 1995 Pensions Act legislated to bring the state pension age for women in line with the age for men over two decades but the 2011 Pensions Act rapidly accelerated the original timetable and the 2.6 million women affected by the changes – born in the 1950s – were not informed.


Dr Lisa Cameron MP said:



“More than two and a half million women have been unfairly hit by the rapid rises to the State Pension Age and as a result their retirement plans have been shattered.  In East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow alone the number of women affected is around 5000, according to recent House of Commons Library statistics. That is a very significant number of women who have experienced unjust treatment by the UK Government.  To make such major changes to these women’s pensions with so short a notice is totally unacceptable and ignores the years of planning and contribution that require to go into pension planning.  No-one is arguing against the equalisation of the State Pension Age however, these women have paid National Insurance contributions and are due their pension – it is not a benefit but a contract that the UK Government has broken.  The UK Government must now do the right thing and listen to the voices of the women so badly affected”.



Dr Cameron urges folk to ‘wear it pink’ in October




East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow’s MP Dr Lisa Cameron is backing cancer charity Breast Cancer Now’s ‘Wear it Pink’ campaign, which raises awareness of breast cancer and also raises around 2 million pounds every year that funds world-class breast cancer research across the UK and Ireland.


Local MP Dr Cameron took part in an awareness raising event in Westminster ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness month, which takes place in October, with the highlight being ‘Wear it Pink’ Day on Friday 21 October.


Dr Lisa Cameron MP said:
“Wear it Pink is both a fun and serious campaign raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research.


“October marks Breast Cancer Awareness month and there will be many folk around the constituency who will be taking part in ‘Wear it Pink’ events in schools, in workplaces and with friends.


“I am very pleased to support the work of the UK’s largest breast cancer charity ‘Breast Cancer Now’ and I would encourage people who would like to take part in fundraising and raising awareness of their work to visit their campaign website to see how you can get involved.”


More information on the ‘Wear it Pink’ campaign can be found at while more information on the work of Breast Cancer Now can be found at


Dr Cameron criticises HMRC for failing to consider local economy




Dr Lisa Cameron MP has reacted to a response from HM Treasury which has stated that they will not be carrying out an impact assessment on the local economy of East Kilbride if proposals to move to a regional centre in Glasgow go ahead.


This response follows on from a question submitted by Dr Cameron on 2nd September, and continues on her efforts to get full transparency from HMRC on their East Kilbride plans.


Dr Cameron wrote to HMRC last month to ask about lease negotiations for the current site, and has yet to receive a response, despite receiving an acknowledgement stating that a response would be forthcoming by 2nd September.


Speaking today Dr Cameron stated:


“This is quite frankly an abdication of responsibility from the government when looking at moving services from East Kilbride.


“Fortunately the EK Task Force is committed to carrying out their own assessment to show the true impact this will have on the town if these proposals go ahead.


“The Secretary of State for Scotland earlier this year said that plans would not be going ahead without full consultation with all involved, but this clearly does not include those who rely on business from the site, or stakeholders other than employees whom are only being paid lip service.


“I will continue to push for clarity on the situation and hold HM Treasure and HMRC to account for this ill-thought out plan which will do nothing to improve the collection of revenue which should be the primary focus of any decisions.


”Having met with representatives from PCS union and the EK Task Force, I am pleased that we are working together to try and find a way forward to challenge this poorly conceived plan.”


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