A Messsage from Anne

Hello from Anne McLaughlin MP, YOUR Member of Parliament for Glasgow North East

Anne  at Springburn Park

 

Thank you!

For those of you who may not have heard me say it already, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for electing me in May 2015 as the MP for Glasgow North East (GNE). When I first began my election campaign as the SNP representative in the Westminster elections early in 2015, there seemed little hope of winning. Every account of polling predictions said that Glasgow North East was the least winnable seat for the SNP.  But, I am proud to say that I now represent the many different communities of Glasgow North East. In fact, the incredible campaign team that I worked with did so well that we broke the BBC swingometer and broke the British record for political swings.

So, thanks to you, Glasgow North East is where the biggest swing in UK political history occurred!

 

Where I am based

Because I’m elected to Westminster, I spend up to 4 days a week in London. Whilst I am there, my entire team are based in Glasgow and will always be there to assist and advise you on a daily basis. They keep me updated throughout the day and we work together on how best to resolve any issues you may have. The team in Glasgow are excellent – they are all very experienced and you can read about them on this website. They know what they are doing and all bring very different skills to the team. I am lucky to have them as you will discover if you give them a call.

 

How to get my help

You can get my help by emailing, telephoning, even sending me a message on Facebook and Twitter works or you can come along and say hello in person at one of my surgeries.

As the GNE constituency is so large and I can only have one office, I’ve been making a real effort to hold my surgeries right in the heart of all the different communities. If you have a suggestion for somewhere I can hold a surgery get in touch and let me know. I will continue to visit each part of the constituency, so please check with the office team, or on this website or Facebook for further details.

Coming to you

In addition to this, I have sent my constituency team on their travels! I appreciate that sometimes it’s hard for people to find their way to a surgery for a variety of reasons so I want to make it as easy as possible for you. One of the ways to do that is to bring the office to your communities.

We have started this in Possilpark where on the second Monday of every month, the team decant to Possilpoint Community Centre from 10am-3pm. They carry on with their normal workload but are available to give advice to anyone who comes in.

We are trialling the same in Milton so on the first Thursday of every month, my team will be at Colston Milton Church on Egilsay Crescent from 10am to 3pm, when Parliament Comes to Milton.

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We also support local community groups with fundraising training and advice. We are determined to give practical support to enhance the work being done out there.

I want to be the most accessible MP you’ve had

We are also determined that I will be as accessible as it’s possible to be. During the election I promised that six months on I would organise a big public meeting where I would answer to you. This I did, EXACTLY six months to the day I was elected. Thank you to everyone who came along to Haghill campus of Kelvin College on 7 November last year. We’ve had further meetings since and there will be many more which you can read about on this website.

I will stand up for you

The best bit of this role for me is when I’m in Glasgow meeting all of you and doing my best to help with your problems. However most of my week is spent in Westminster and there I do my best to speak up on your behalf. You can read all of my contributions made in the chamber whether it be speaking in a debate or asking a question, at www.theyworkforyou.com

 

Questioning the PM

I’ve so far been selected twice to ask the Prime Minister a question. The first was on tax credits because what they were threatening to do would have had a devastating impact on so many of you. In this constituency child poverty lies at a sickening 38% so cutting tax credits would have caused that to rise. The second question was about benefit sanctions on those people who are working but earning so little they require benefits to bring their income up to the poverty line! Again, this is something that affects thousands in this constituency. I can’t say I got much of an answer from the Prime Minister but at least I was able to raise the issues and in the first question at least, I was able to mention communities they should know about but which are often forgotten eg Germiston, Hamiltonhill, Ruchazie, Possilpark, to name just a few.

 

So that’s a brief summary of who we are and what we do. If you’re not sure if we can help you with something, get in touch and ask. We never send people away even if it’s not something an MP can help with. We will always advise you on who can help but most of the time, we can and do help. So give us a try. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in the next few years.

 

Best wishes,

       Anne McLaughlin MP

SNP Spokesperson for Civil Liberties