Progress welcomed by Christina.
Cases of vandalism across South Lanarkshire have fallen sharply since the SNP came to power in 2007, latest figures have revealed – proving that the SNP’s approach to crime and justice in the community is working.
In 2007/08, there was 221 instances of vandalism per 10,000 of the population in South Lanarkshire – which has fallen sharply to 91 by 2016/17, a drop of 59%.
The latest figures back up Tory Justice Minister Rory Stewart’s comments that the rest of the UK “has a lot to learn from Scotland”.
Commenting, SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse said:
“This is welcome news – and proves that the SNP’s approach to justice is paying dividends for our communities across Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse.
“Thanks to our approach to justice and well-supported police in our communities there has been a marked drop in the rate of vandalism across South Lanarkshire – meaning everyone can enjoy living here more safely, without damage to property.
“Given this sharp drop in cases of vandalism 59% since 2007 – it is no wonder that the Tory UK government are looking to Scotland for answers on how to tackle crime, acknowledging that they have ‘a lot to learn from Scotland’.
“The SNP has made justice one of its top priorities since coming to power in 2007 – putting more police on the streets and taking decisive action to reduce reoffending, meaning crime is at its lowest level in over 40 years and our communities are as safe as ever before.”
Christina McKelvie MSP with Stonehouse Jubilee Jammers
It was all singing and dancing in Stonehouse last week as local MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie, visited the Stonehouse Jubilee Club.
Based in the Stonehouse Lifestyles Centre, the Stonehouse Jubilee Club – operating since March 2012 – offers a fun, social and supportive outreach for those suffering with dementia.
Meeting every Thursday at 1.30pm, the club have their very own ‘Jubilee Jammers’, four of the Stonehouse Jubilee Club volunteers who have organised themselves into a musical quartet.
Using musical therapy to alleviate dementia, the Jubilee Jammers perform a variety of folk, war-time and popular songs – all with audience participation as standard.
On hand to jam with the Jubilee Jammers was local MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie.
Commenting on the visit, Christina McKelvie MSP said:
“It was a joy to visit the Jubilee Jammers to see first-hand their amazing community spirit and togetherness in combatting dementia.
“Community, caring based outlets like Stonehouse Jubilee Club are a vital lifeline for many of my constituents who may be experiencing social isolation.
“As the local MSP, the parliamentary summer recess gives me additional time to get around the constituency and see the wonderful work being done by organisations just like the Jubilee Club – even if I got slightly carried away in the sing along!
“I’m very grateful for the club inviting me along and I’ll always be singing their praises as their local constituency MSP.
Vice-Chair of Stonehouse Jubilee Club, Patricia Smith added:
“We were delighted to see Christina join us at Stonehouse Lifestyles.
“Jubilee Club members love to see visitors coming along and joining in with their entertainment.
“Music, fun and laughter that is the Club's motto."
Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP promoted in reshuffle
Following her appointment as The Scottish Government Minister for Older People and Equalities, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP, Christina McKelvie stated:
“It is an honour and a privilege to be appointed as the Minister for Older People and Equalities and I am excited about the opportunities ahead and the chance I now have to continue to build a fairer and more equal Scotland.
“As former convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee, I already know many stakeholders and will of course work with them in this important role, building on the excellent work of my predecessors in this area, Angela Constance and Jeane Freeman.
“I will of course champion the rights and interests of those with protected characteristics and older people and am looking forward to taking on work in areas such as social isolation and continuing delivery of our disability and race actions plans, as well as playing my part in building a fairer Scotland.