Wednesday, 5 May 2010

THE GOOD NEWS FROM ANNABELLE EWING















Q. WHO UPGRADED THE A907 ALLOA-STIRLING ROAD?

A. One of the first things the SNP did when in charge of Clackmannanshire Council (1999 - 2003)
was reduce Councillors’ expenses and ensure the upgrade of this vital link with Stirling

Q. WHO BROUGHT BACK THE RAILWAY TO ALLOA?


A. THE SNP. If it hadn’t been for Clackmannanshire Council under the SNP, the Labour
Executive would never have moved on it. Some Labour Councillors never voted for it.

Q. WHICH LOCAL AUTHORITY WAS THE FIRST TO INTRODUCE COMPREHENSIVE FREE TRAVEL FOR
PENSIONERS AND DISABLED?

A. Clackmannanshire Council under the SNP. It was copied later by the Labour Executive
and rolled out across Scotland.

Q. WHO BROUGHT £2 MILLION TO ALLOA UNDER THE TOWN CENTRE REGENERATION SCHEME?


A. The SNP Government, supported by local SNP MSP Keith Brown, awarded the money to Clackmannanshire Alliance.

Q. WHO ARE THE REAL LOCAL CHAMPIONS?
Don’t just vote for a politician.
Elect a local champion.
ANNABELLE EWING


AND NOW FOR THE BAD NEWS!

EXPENSES SHAME DEVINE GETS LEGAL AID
Former Ochil Labour stalwart Jim Devine will have his legal fees paid by the tax-payer despite facing criminal charges over his MPs expenses...


Q. Who voted to abolish the 10p tax rate?
A. Gordon Banks, Labour. Westminster’s man in Ochil & S. Perthshire.

Q. Who voted to close Scottish rural Post Offices?
A. Gordon Banks, Labour. Westminster’s man in Ochil & S. Perthshire

Q. Who has £167 billion budget deficit - the largest since WW2?
A. Westminster controlled UK under Labour’s Brown and Darling.

Q. Who has a £9 million budget deficit?
A. Labour controlled Clackmannanshire Council

Brown’s and Banks betrayal is Labour’s shame. Brown gives bankers billions for failure while working people lose the 10p tax band and lose their jobs.

Sept 13th 2007. Brown invites Margaret Thatcher to tea at Downing St.

THIS IS NOT WHAT HARD WORKING PEOPLE VOTED FOR!

DON’T LET SCOTLAND GO BACK TO THE 80s WITH BROWN’S THATCHERITE RECESSION.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

MADAME ECOSSE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL IN AUCHTERARDER






















The Scottish National Party's Ms Annabelle Ewing, SNP General Election candidate was joined on the campaign trail on Wednesday (28/4/2010) by her mother: Winnie Ewing, retired Member of the Scottish, Westminster and European Parliaments.


Annabelle welcomed Winnie to Auchterarder, saying:

“My mother is probably the most effective street campaigner I have ever met so I am delighted to have her here in the Lang Toon giving me a hand today."

Dr Ewing said:


“I am really pleased to be in Auchterarder to do my bit for Annabelle and of course for Tom Gray as well. Being her mother doesn't stop me saying that Annabelle is far and away the best candidate in this contest. She has the experience, the ability and commitment to be the strong local champion that the people of Ochil & South Perthshire are going to need in the coming months and years.”

The SNP's Strathallan ward council by-election candidate Tom Gray added:
“Winnie Ewing has been a hugely important figure in Scottish politics for a very long time and it is always a privilege to meet her and attend one of Madame Ecosse's campaigning master classes.”

Monday, 3 May 2010

VOTERS ARE FED UP WITH THE POLITICS OF SLEAZE




















SNP candidate Annabelle Ewing said the message she has been getting on the doorsteps of the Wee County is that voters are fed up with the politics of sleaze.

The former MP for Perth said: "People want someone they can rely on, someone who will put their interests ahead of lining their own pockets and building up a London property empire."

"I will be Clackmannanshire's representative in Westminster, not
Westminster's representative in Clackmannanshire."

She went on to say that the local Labour party simply could not divorce themselves from the almost daily revelations of yet another instance of sleaze connected with New Labour.

Ms Ewing said: "It's a scandal that Jim Devine, who not so long ago was happily endorsed by Ochil Labour, has applied for and will receive Legal Aid to fight his defence."

"This is the final insult to the public."

Ms Ewing said locally people were angry about the mismanagement of
Clackmannanshire Council¹s budget to the tune of £9 million.
She said: "From speaking to people on the street, it is clear that
Clackmannanshire needs someone who will hold the local council to account, unlike the present Labour MP who has been curiously silent about the incompetence of his Labour colleagues on the council.

"This echoes Gordon Brown's disastrous mismanagement of the UK economy, which now has one of the worst deficits in the western world."

She said the closure of Alloa's public toilets was another example of
short-sighted cuts caused by the Labour-run council's budgetary mismanagement.

She said: "It seems ludicrous on the one hand to spend money in upgrading the town centre to increase the number of visitors, only to send them away again if they need to use the toilet."

Ms Ewing, who came within 688 votes of beating Gordon Banks at the last election, said this time around it was a two horse race and only the SNP can beat Labour.

She said: "Voters need a strong local champion and a strong national
champion for Scotland."

LABOUR MANIFESTO - "A FUTURE FEARED BY ALL"














SNP'S LATEST VIRAL POSTER SHOWS REALITY OF LABOUR'S AGENDA FOR SCOTLAND

Launching the SNP's latest viral poster in advance of the publication of Labour's manifesto today, SNP campaign co-ordinator, Stewart Hosie warned that the Labour Party promised a 'future feared by all'.

Commenting on the viral poster, which adapts the poster on the front pages of Labour's website, Mr Hosie said:

“Labour offer a future feared by all with £100,000 million spent on new nuclear weapons and 'deeper and tougher' cuts than under Margaret Thatcher.

“Labour's plans pose a direct threat to Scotland's public services and will mean 10,000 lost Scottish jobs. Scotland needs local and national champions with the SNP to protect jobs, recovery and local services - the things that really matter.”

Friday, 30 April 2010

Annabelle Ewing on Brian Taylor's Big Debate


Listen again to Annabelle Ewing's appearance on Brian Taylor's Big Debate when the BBC came to Alloa Town Hall on Friday the 30th April.

Listen to Annabelle Ewing on BBC Scotland's Brian Taylor's Big Debate. Recorded at Alloa Town Hall on the 30th of April 2010

Monday, 19 April 2010

DISABLED FOLK TO LOSE OUT UNDER LABOUR CUTS

LOCAL POLITICIANS BACK ‘GRAVE CONCERNS’ OVER INDEPENDENT LIVING FUND CHANGES

Local politicians have echoed Scottish Government Public Health Minister Shona Robison’s “grave concern” about the future of the Independent Living Fund (ILF), which assists people with severe disabilities to access essential support.

Changes to the ILF eligibility criteria proposed by Labour at Westminster will massively reduce the numbers of people able to apply for assistance from 1 May this year, with Scotland being disproportionately affected. The Association of Directors of Social Work (ADSW) has calculated that, under the new criteria, only four new Scots applicants will be eligible for ILF this year, compared to 3,645 who currently benefit.

Ms Robison has written to UK Work and Pensions Secretary Yvette Cooper to urgently raise her concerns and Ms Annabelle Ewing, SNP General Election candidate for Ochil and South Pertshire, has strongly endorsed Ms Robison’s action, saying:

It is outrageous that in the dying days of their discredited government, Labour are sneaking through changes that will cut off essential financial support for potentially thousands of vulnerable people.

Across Perth and Kinross and Clackmannanshire, eighty five disabled people rely on ILF to help them live as independently as they can.  Labour are choking off a source of lifeline support that affords severely disabled people a measure of dignity and self-sufficiency.

Throughout their time in office, Labour have financially discriminated against disabled people, hacking away at disability benefits time and again and even threatening to abolish them altogether. They have been shameless in their repeated attacks on the welfare of vulnerable people.

With their talk of ‘savage’ cuts, going even ‘deeper and tougher’ than those implemented by Margaret Thatcher, not one of the London parties can be trusted to protect those in our society who need it most. Their cuts consensus would hit our most vulnerable citizens hardest.

I am appalled that Labour has effectively abolished ILF without a single word of discussion or consultation with the Scottish Government. It is a sign of the contempt in which they hold Scotland and Scottish interests.”

Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Perth constituency, added:

This is the sort of devastating decision that we can expect to see much more of in the future if the three London-based parties are allowed to pursue their cuts agenda.

We need people in parliament who will say that this is not the way forward. Communities across Scotland desperately need strong local champions prepared to speak up for those in need. As part of an increased SNP and Plaid Cymru bloc of MPs in a balanced parliament, Annabelle will be able to do that. More Nats will mean less cuts.”

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Notes:
  1. The Independent Living Fund was set up as a UK-wide resource which offers additional financial assistance to disabled people already in receipt of support from social services to provide them with sufficient funds to access essential support. In Scotland, due to proactive Scottish local authority activity, ILF income is £61 million, 17 per cent of the ILF UK budget.
  2. From 1 May 2010 ILF has now tightened its financial eligibility and is only accepting applications from people in paid employment of 16 or more hours per week. In effect this will mean that the ILF will be entirely closed to new applicants throughout the UK, apart from those very few in paid employment.
  3. Based on UK statistics, ADSW (Association of Directors of Social Work) suggest that no more than four new Scottish applications will be processed in 2010/11.
  4. Approximately 3,645 people in Scotland, including 60 in Perth and Kinross and 25 in Clackmannanshire, currently benefit from the ILF.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

EWING SLAMS GRAY'S "BRASS NECK"

Commenting on the decision by Iain Gray, leader of the Labour Party in the Scottish Parliament, to come to Perthshire to talk about jobs and the economy today (Wednesday) the Scottish National Party's Ms Annabelle Ewing, SNP General Election candidate for South Perthshire and Ochil, said:

"Labour's Scottish puppet has a real brass neck coming to Blackford to talk about jobs after the state his party has left the economy in.

"Iain Gray and his group in the Scottish Parliament voted against the Small Business Bonus which has saved thousands of pounds for small business across South Perthshire and Ochil while Labour's Chancellor has already conceded he would cut 'tougher and deeper' than Thatcher if re-elected.

"The SNP are going into this campaign with a clear message for Scottish voters: more votes means more Nats, and more Nats means less cuts and continued investment in the Scottish recovery."