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Glasgow City Council, Refugees Are Welcome Here

That the Parliament expresses its support for Glasgow City Council in its setting up of a taskforce in a bid to assist 300 asylum seekers facing eviction from accommodation provided under the UK Government’s Compass contract; acknowledges that Glasgow has always been, and continues to be, a willing and active partner in the UK’s asylum dispersal scheme; understands that, despite having one of the largest populations of asylum seekers in the UK, supporting 10% of the UK asylum population, Glasgow receives no funding from the UK Government’s dispersal programme; welcomes the Scottish Government’s condemnation of this policy and its calls for the UK Government to end the system of asylum accommodation contracts in the private sector currently being tendered, and to provide funding direct to local authorities for accommodation and advice for asylum seekers; understands that, as housing is provided to asylum seekers under reserved immigration legislation, Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government are legally prevented from directly housing failed asylum seekers; states its solidarity with the hundreds of demonstrators who protested in Glasgow against these plans and considers that this was a reflection of the widespread opposition from local residents to this policy; supports the third sector and communities in assisting asylum seekers, and accepts that Article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998 provides protection for an individual's home, prevents public authorities inhibiting individuals from entering or living in their home and provides the right for individuals to enjoy their home peacefully without intrusion by a public authority.

Supported by: John Mason, James Dornan, Joan McAlpine, Bill Kidd, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Kenneth Gibson, Fulton MacGregor, Jenny Gilruth, Ruth Maguire

Glasgow Kelvin Businesses Win Glasgow Awards 2018

That the Parliament congratulates the winners at The Glasgow Awards 2018, which took place on 23 July and celebrates the best professionals and establishments across Glasgow, including the Glasgow Kelvin-based winners, The Howlin’ Wolf, for Best Live Music Venue, Di Maggios Westend, for Family Friendly Restaurant of the Year, Number 16 Restaurant, for Restaurant of the Year, Boteco Do Brasil, for Global Restaurant of the Year, Avo Avo, for New Restaurant of the Year, Roma, for Italian Restaurant of the Year, Lychee Oriental, for Oriental Restaurant of the Year, Princes Square Shopping Centre, for Best Shopping Complex, Shilling Brewery Company, for Best Pub, The Piper Whisky Bar, for Best Bar, Nash Beauty, for Beauty Salon of the Year, Snap Fitness, for Best Fitness Venue, Pole Junkie, for Small Business of the Year, Abode Hotel, for Best Hotel, and The Project Marketing Company, for WOW Business of the Year, and commends the hard work and dedication of all the staff members that has helped secure these awards.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Joan McAlpine, James Dornan, David Torrance, Bob Doris, Stewart Stevenson, Annie Wells, Jenny Gilruth, Ruth Maguire, Fulton MacGregor, Clare Adamson, Tom Arthur, Gillian Martin

The Basic Law: Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People

That the Parliament notes with concern the passing of the legislation, The Basic Law: Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People, by 62-55 in the Knesset on 19 July 2018; understands that the legislation states that "The state views the development of Jewish settlement as a national value and will act to encourage and promote its establishment and consolidation", as well as measures that elevate Hebrew to the official language, with Arabic having only a special status; further understands that this legislation was opposed by Arab members of the Knesset and criticised by the Arab League due to the lack of equality and commitment to democracy; notes the statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, that “adoption by Israel of the Nation State Basic Law – which anchors inherent discrimination against non-Jewish communities, most notably the Arab citizens of Israel and residents of occupied East Jerusalem – could also further inflame tensions”, and calls on the international community to stand together to condemn this legislation and ensure that tensions are not further increased.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, David Torrance, Jenny Gilruth, John Finnie

University of Glasgow Wins in First Round of University Challenge

That the Parliament congratulates the team from the University of Glasgow on its win against Emmanuel College Cambridge in the recently broadcast episode of University Challenge; understands that the team, which includes Lewis Barn, James Hampson, Cameron Herbert and Freya Whiteford, won 200 to 175 in the first round of this series, and wishes them continued success in the competition.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Joan McAlpine, Fulton MacGregor, James Dornan, David Torrance, Stewart Stevenson, Annie Wells, Tom Mason, Jenny Gilruth, Tom Arthur

Glasgow City Mission, Charity of the Year Winner

That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow City Mission on its recent success at the Glasgow Awards 2018; understands that it was voted the Charity of the Year at the fifth Glasgow Awards ceremony on 23 July; notes that the charity has been in operation since 1826 fighting poverty and disadvantage across the city and offering care and support to vulnerable people; commends the staff and volunteers for their commitment to the charity's ethos, and thanks them for their contribution to looking after Glasgow's most vulnerable people.

Supported by: Annie Wells, Pauline McNeill, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, James Dornan, Jeremy Balfour, Joan McAlpine, Emma Harper, Richard Lyle, David Torrance, Jenny Gilruth, Bob Doris, Fulton MacGregor, Clare Adamson, Maureen Watt

Ultar Sar Rescue Operation

That the Parliament commends the brave efforts of the Pakistan Army on its efforts to rescue three mountaineers following the recent avalanche on the Ultar Sar mountain in the Hunza Valley; understands that two of the mountaineers, one of whom resides in Glasgow Kelvin, Timothy Miller, were successfully rescued; notes with sadness that the third mountaineer unfortunately died when the avalanche struck their tent; acknowledges the expertise and professionalism shown by the members of the Pakistan Army in this rescue operation, and thanks them for their courageousness.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Emma Harper, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Neil Findlay, Fulton MacGregor, Tom Arthur, Jenny Gilruth, Gillian Martin, Maureen Watt

Social Prescribing Project in Partick Awarded £120,000 by Big Lottery Fund

That the Parliament welcomes the awarding by the Big Lottery Fund of £120,000 over three years to the Partick-based, Annexe Communities, for its Social Prescribing Project; understands that the project will be delivered by community-led groups across Scotland and Northern Ireland and operates on the principle of the social health model, which recognises the socio-economic and wider societal factors related to health; notes that GPs will have the ability to refer patients experiencing isolation and mental health challenges to the community service; believes that this service, provided by the popular Partick Healthy Living Centre, will provide further support to isolated and vulnerable older people in Glasgow, and wishes the project the best of success.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Bill Kidd, Stewart Stevenson, Richard Lyle, Fulton MacGregor, Alasdair Allan, Tom Arthur, Rona Mackay, Jenny Gilruth, Gillian Martin

Kelbourne Park School

That the Parliament welcomes the £9,900 funding awarded to Glasgow Kelvin-based Kelbourne Park School from the Big Lottery Fund; notes that Kelbourne Park is a unique school teaching nursery and primary aged children who require additional educational, medical and therapeutic support, and understands that the funding will be used to provide outdoor play equipment for the pupils of the school, adding to a wide and varied school experience.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, David Torrance, James Dornan, Colin Beattie, Gillian Martin, Bill Kidd, Stewart Stevenson, Richard Lyle, Fulton MacGregor, Jenny Gilruth, Clare Haughey, Tom Arthur

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2018

That the Parliament notes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June 2018, which highlights the commitment to end the abuse of older people; understands that the campaign aims to raise awareness of such abuse, reduce the stigma attached to it and encourage victims to speak up and seek support; acknowledges the work of Action on Elder Abuse Scotland in supporting older people and those concerned about them, and supports those committed to tackling and ending elder abuse.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, James Dornan, David Stewart, David Torrance, Joan McAlpine, Clare Haughey, Liam McArthur, Emma Harper, Alex Neil, John Mason, Richard Lyle, Rona Mackay, Kenneth Gibson, Ben Macpherson, Fulton MacGregor, Stewart Stevenson, Gillian Martin, Jenny Gilruth, Graeme Dey, Colin Beattie, Christine Grahame, Ash Denham, Claire Baker, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Willie Rennie, Ivan McKee, Jackson Carlaw, Tom Arthur, Colin Smyth

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs

That the Parliament congratulates Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD) on receiving £9,988 from the Big Lottery Fund's Awards for All Scotland programme; understands that the money will be used to run a three-month programme of family engagement events across urban, rural and remote Scotland; commends the Glasgow Kelvin-based SFAD on its continued support of people affected by alcohol and drugs through its extensive support services, including a helpline, support groups, bereavement support and telehealth service, and believes that the addition of the family engagement events across the country will enhance the services that it already offers.

Supported by: Clare Haughey, Annie Wells, David Torrance, James Dornan, Joan McAlpine, Colin Beattie, Kenneth Gibson, Gillian Martin, Bill Kidd, Stewart Stevenson, Richard Lyle, Fulton MacGregor, Monica Lennon, Jenny Gilruth, Alexander Burnett, Ben Macpherson, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Ivan McKee, Tom Arthur

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