Fair Share for Aberdeen

Ross Thomson has made getting a fair deal for Aberdeen as his number one priority and has focused on this since his election as our local Member of Parliament in June 2017.

The downturn in our crucial oil and gas industry hit Aberdeen hard and we have not been helped by Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP Government which focuses its attention on the central belt – at the expense of communities in Aberdeen. It’s time that changed and that Aberdeen got the attention and fair share of resources it needs.

The past few years haven’t been easy for the Aberdeen or the rest of the North East. Oil and gas is still recovering from the collapse in prices and the economy is still fragile.  

Aberdeen has been let down by the SNP. Business rates are up. Council tax is up. Income tax is up. However, when it comes to funding and public services, Aberdeen misses out.

Farmers have had their payments delayed. Local schools, police and hospitals have been centralised and cut. Yet the SNP continue to their obsession with indyref2, the SNP have forgotten about the North East.

Ross said, “We’re not asking for much. We’re just asking for a fair deal for Aberdeen and especially for the North East. We need to restore our public services, make funding fair, grow our economy, with a future for farming and fishing.

“Under the SNP NHS Grampian has lost more than 1 in 10 of its GP practices. Almost half of NHS Grampian patients are not being treated within the SNP’s legally binding timescale of 12 weeks. 1 in 5 NHS Grampian patients are waiting longer than 62 days for urgent cancer treatment.

“Our schools are suffering too. The pupil-teacher ratio in Aberdeen schools has hit the worst level since records began in 2003. More than 700 teaching posts in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire had to be readvertised because of a lack of applicants. Children, teachers and parents are suffering.

“There’s so much the Scottish Government could be doing to support the North East, like targeting resources to boost the area’s economy, better supporting our hospitals, more local policing and improving vital transport connections – and I am campaigning on all of these.”

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Ross Goes on Patrol with Aberdeen Police

Ross said, "I’m grateful to the local officers in Aberdeen who let me spend the evening on patrol. It was an eye-opener in many ways. One of the biggest take-aways was that the police often deal with people with mental health problems – simply because there is no-one else available."

Oor Wullie's BIG Bucket Trail

Have you done the Oor Wullie's BIG Bucket Trail yet? If not all the sculptures will be on display at Marischal College from September 13th - 15th for one last public showing before being auctioned to raise money for ARCHIE Grampian. Tickets are available from Aberdeen Performing Arts.

Ross Meets with New Chief Inspector David Howieson

Ross met with the new Chief Inspector of the North East Division of Police Scotland David Howieson to talk about local issues and priorities in Aberdeen.

Ross said, "I'm looking forward to working with David and Police Scotland to help keep my constituents safe and secure"

Scotland's Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline

This has been the second year for Scotland's Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline. It is available 24 hours a day on 0800 027 1234. The calls are answered by specially trained staff who will always listen, believe you and support you.

Ross Visits Simeon Care for the Elderly

Aberdeen South MP Ross Thomson has seen first-hand the importance of international volunteers at the Simeon Care for the Elderly in his constituency.

Ross Visits Greyhope Bay

Aberdeen South MP Ross Thomson has visited founders of the Greyhope Bay project in the city and urged local organisations, residents and businesses to get involved.

Ross Backs Guide Dog's Access All Areas Campaign

On Wednesday, 19 June, more than a hundred guide dog owners from across the country converged on Westminster Hall in Parliament to share their experiences of being turned away by businesses because of their dog.