Champion boxer Amir Khan distributed Eid toys to young patients in the recently opened Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow today (Tuesday 7 July 205). ‘An amazing hospital and staff,’ tweeted the current Silver Welterweight title holder later.
Channelled through the charity Colours of Islam, the gifts celebrate Eid, the religious holiday Muslims observe at the end of Ramadan, the fasting month when it is customary to give to charity and to support good causes.
Kirsten Sinclair, Director of Fundraising at Yorkhill Children’s Charity said: ‘We have a longstanding relationship with Colours of Islam and would like to thank them for the smiles and laughter they bring to our young patients at Eid every year.’
Refana Saleem from Colours of Islam said: ‘We are thrilled to have worked in association with the Amir Khan Foundation in visiting the newly opened hospital. And we are delighted the children can enjoy their new toys. We would also like to thank all our dedicated supporters, sponsors and volunteers for all their work over the years.’
On a tour of the UK during Ramadan, Amir was guest at a charity dinner last night in Glasgow which raised funds for good causes including the Amir Khan Foundation. He tweeted: ‘Amazing ifthar dinner in Glasgow. So much love and generosity shown by the Scottish people for the AK Foundation.’
Twice world champion, Amir has fought at lightweight, light welterweight, and welterweight. He is the youngest British Olympic boxing medallist, having won silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics, aged 17.
The Yorkhill Children’s Charity has funded more than £5m in equipment and service delivery at the new hospital including a £1m interactive play area which is the first of its kind in Europe.
Services transferred from the old Yorkhill Hospital to the Royal Hospital for Children at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow last month.
The funeral of Sheku Bayoh – the black, Kirkcaldy, man who died in Scottish Police custody on Sunday 3 May – will take place on Sunday 7 June in Kirkcaldy.
His family invite those who knew him and those who support their search for justice for him, to the funeral. The funeral procession will start at 12 noon from Hayfield Road, Kirkcaldy where he died. This is the street where an alleged incident of a man brandishing a machete brought nine police officers to the scene. From there the procession will march to Kirkcaldy Police Office and then to the local Mosque for prayers and tributes. Sheku will be laid to rest in Dysart Muslim cemetery.
At a funeral reception afterwards well-wishers will be allowed to give their tributes and share their good memories of Sheku who was 31 and had lived in Kirkcaldy since he was 17. He was born in Sierra Leone, moved to London aged 11 then went to Kirkcaldy to join his sister who lives there and works as a nurse.
His family invite friends to the funeral and the reception as they wish support on the day and for their campaign to seek the truth of what actually happened and fight for justice of Sheku. Ade Johnson, Sheku’s brother-in-law is the contact point for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheku was working for British Gas and training to be an engineer. He and his partner have two sons, Tyler aged 3 and Isaac aged 4 months.
A family statement said: ‘Sheku Bayoh came into contact with Police Scotland officers from Kirkcaldy Police Station on Sunday 3 May 2015. He did not leave police custody alive. The family wants to know the truth of what happened and are appealing to members of the public to come forward to tell them what they saw at Hayfield Road, Kirkcaldy. Sheku was only 31 years old when he was suddenly and cruelly taken from us. We are all devastated and still in shock. Our loss is great.’
A dignified campaign to alert people to the death of Sheku Bayoh (31) in police custody in Kirkcaldy in Fife was aired at an STUC meeting in Glasgow on Tuesday 26 May 2015.
Father of two, Sheku was born in Sierra Leone and brought up in London before moving to Kirkcaldy when he was 17 to join his sister who lived there. Said sister Kadi Johnson: ‘It is unbelievable what’s happened.’
According to the family’s lawyer, human rights champion Aamer Anwar, the British Gas employee died in police custody on Sunday 3 May. Mr Anwar said six police vehicles and nine police officers apprehended him when it was alleged he was seen in the street, carrying a knife. Batons, CS spray, handcuffs and leg restraints were all used. ‘He lost consciousness and never recovered. He was dead and taken to the Victoria Hospital where his sister works.’ But Mr Anwar added: ‘He died at 4.30pm. At 6.30pm police alleged a police officer had been stabbed in the incident. That was wrong. No one was stabbed. There is no evidence of a knife. That would have been totally out of character. He continued: ‘Now, 23 days later, the nine police officers refuse to speak to an independent investigation ordered by the Lord Advocate. This is a family tragedy and we want the truth in order to get justice.’
Kadi’s husband Ade Johnson also addressed the meeting. He said the family wanted answers. ‘He was with us the night before he died as it was my daughter’s birthday,’ said Mr Johnson. ‘I can only say he was joyful then and was looking forward to things in the days ahead. We expect the police to tell the truth. But we have now had five different stories from the police and we’re confused.’ He continued: ‘But we want to be sensible. If – like Baltimore and other places – you come out fighting and angry; that’s not good. We want our focus to be the truth. Find answers to our questions. The stories we’ve been told so far, make no sense.’ Mr Johnson thanked all the people who had offered support on the facebook Sheku Bayoh Campaign for Justice. ‘We’ve had phone calls and emails of support from around the world. Sheku loved Scotland and the people of Scotland. And they will not stand for what has happened. We need to know who did what. If there is a corrupt side to the police then that needs to be rooted out.’
Mr Anwar concluded: ‘We have to fight for justice. In my 14 years of working in the community and supporting cultural diversity in the community, it is sad to see the police sitting on the other side. I’m disappointed in the police.’
Protesters, wanting to shut down Dungavel Immigration Detention Centre near Strathaven, will descend on the prison on Saturday 30 May.
Organised by the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) the demonstration is supported by the Church of Scotland, the Catholic Church, the Muslim Council of Britain, Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees, and community activists from across Scotland.
A recent STUC motion said: ‘Detention is a blight on our asylum system. People being held indefinitely in Dungavel have committed no crime.’ The UK is the only European country which has no limit on the time permitted to detain people seeking sanctuary.
According to the BBC in January, 185 people were detained in Dungavel. Two had been there for more than a year while 32 had been there for more than six months and a further nine for more than three months. Children are not supposed to be detained in Dungavel but fears were expressed at a meeting in Glasgow a few days before the demonstration, that they were being held there before being send to detention centres in England.
Church and human rights authorities have been refused permission by Home Secretary, Theresa May, to visit the prison to see if reports of people detained there being on hunger strike over the conditions and over their unlimited detention, were true.
Speakers at the rally are expected to include Glasgow Girl Amal Azzudin who, as a school girl, along with her peers, challenged the removal of one of their class mates whose family was seeking asylum. Their challenge was successful and the story of their fight was later made into a successful stage musical.
A former home of the Dukes of Hamilton, the Dungavel property is run by the Home Office via a £25million, 5 year contract with GEO, part of the company which runs Guantanamo Bay Detention Centre and private jails in the United States.
For more information and to book a place on the bus: www. stuc.org.uk/dungavel #ShutDunga
One week on from losing his seat as MP for Glasgow South, Tom Harris admits he’s not used to the idea yet. ‘My wife, Carolyn, worked for me so it means she’s redundant as well,’ he said. However he – and all the other MPs who are out of a job – have two months to wind up their offices and enable paid staff to move on.
‘I stopped getting paid on 8 May,’ says Tom, in a matter of fact way. ‘But I’m not panicking at the moment. ‘I’ve got a lot of time on my hands. An alert for my regular surgery came up on my phone and I just deleted it. That was a relief.’ He said that the four constituency surgeries each month were never well attended. ‘Most people phoned or emailed me with their problem.’
However, he still gets up early. ‘Our two sons are at primary school and I have to take them there, so that’s a good routine. But I want a new job.’ The family was prepared in advance for defeat and everyone has been ‘nicely supportive,’ said Tom. ‘It wasn’t a shock. Everyone is quite relaxed about it.’
When he goes to London soon to sort out things like the lease on his flat and office, he expects to meet up with some people who may have job offers. ‘Writing or something along those lines,’ speculated the former journalist and public relations professional.
Revising his CV, he commented: ‘It is 16 years since I looked at my CV, so that’s instructive!’ Now he reckons he can add on skills he learned as an MP and Government Under Secretary of State for Transport under Tony Blair, in the Department of Transport under Gordon Brown and as Shadow Environment Minister under Ed Miliband.
It’s early yet, but he’s looking again at the novel he’s been writing. ‘I don’t plan to be a sad act and put all my hopes into writing a best seller,’ he said in his laconic way. But he has had ‘Why I’m Right and Everyone Else is Wrong,’ published. This collection from his popular blog ‘And Another Thing,’ was an easy read of comments along the political way interspersed with thoughts on a wide variety of other, less serious, issues.
At his veledictory constituency Labour Party meeting he told his colleagues he didn’t want to get involved with public debate on the future of the Scottish Labour Party. ‘I’ve a lot of respect for Miliband. I think he would have made a far better Prime Minister than people gave him credit for. In Scotland, the Labour Party situation could hardly get worse. But I support Jim Murphy. It is difficult to see if there can be recovery. It will certainly take some time to work out. Whatever happens I am for the UK or nothing. I’m not for a Scottish Labour Party.’
Commenting that everything was ‘in a state of flux’ he added: ‘I’ve no truck with nationalism. I don’t think the nationalist route is the way to save Labour.’
Allowing others to debate and dissect the dogma dilemmas, Tom has taken time to catch up on reading, watching ‘Game of Thrones’ and spending time with his family and walking his dog.
He added: ‘I went to the Emirates (where the count was held) early when I’d been alerted to the fact that I was going to lose. To be honest, at that point, it was like a weight had been lifted off me.’
On a 65.99% turnout in Glasgow South Constituency, SNP’s Stewart McDonald won over Labour’s Tom Harris who had been local MP for 14 years.
Tom Harris (LAB) 14,504
Ewan Hoyle (Lib Dem) 1,019
Stewart McDonald (SNP) 26,773
Brian Smith (Scottish Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition TUSC) 299
Kyle Thornton (CONSERVATIVE) 4,752
Alastair Whitelaw (GREEN) 1,431
Total valid votes 48,778. Electorate 74,051.
In Glasgow South West Constituency the turnout was 40,965 representing 61.87% of the electorate. Incumbent Ian Davidson of the Labour and Co-operative Party lost his seat with 13,438 votes compared to the 23,388 cast for Christopher Stephens of the Scottish National Party.
Bill Bonnar Scottish Socialist Party 176
Ian Davidson Labour and Co-operative Party 13,438
Sarah Hemy UK Independence Party (UKIP) 970
Gordon Alexander McCaskill Scottish Conservative and Unionist 2,036
Isabel Nelson Scottish Liberal Democrats 406
Christopher Stephens Scottish National Party (SNP) 23,388
Sean Templeton Scottish Green Party 507
Glasgow East showed that 60.31% of the Constituency’s 70,378 people registered, voted.
Margaret Curran (LAB) 13 729
Kim Long (Green) 381
Natalie McGarry (SNP) 24 116
Liam McLaughlan (Scot Socialist ) 224
Gary McLelland (Scot Lib Dem) 318
Andy Morrison (Scot Con & Unionist) 2,544
Arthur Misty Thackeray (UKIP) 1,105
Total votes cast: 42,417
Glasgow North East showed that 56.91% of the Constituency’s 66,678 people registered, voted.
Willie Bain (LAB) 12,754
Eileen Baxendale (LIB DEM) 300
Jamie Cocozza (Scot Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) 218
Geoff Johnson (Cannabis Is Safer Than Alcohol) 225
Zara Kitson (GREEN) 615
Anne McLaughlin (SNP) 21,976
Annie Wells (CON) 1,769
Total votes cast: 37,945
Glasgow North West showed that 64.25% of the Constituency’s 68,418 people registered, voted.
Moira Crawford (GREEN) 1,167
James Harrison (LIB DEM) 1,194
Roger Lewis (CON) 3,692
Chris Mackenzie (Cannabis Is Safer Than Alcohol) 213
Carol Monaghan (SNP) 23,908
John Robertson (LAB) 13,544
Zoe Streatfield (Scot Communist Party) 136
Total votes cast: 43,961
Glasgow Central showed that 55.51% of the Constituency’s 70,945 people registered, voted.
Simon Bone (CON) 2,359
Andrew Elliot (Scot Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) 119
Cass MacGregor (GREEN) 1,559
James Marris (Cannabis Is Safer Than Alcohol) 171
Stuart Maskell (UKIP) 786
Katie Rhodes (Socialist Equality Party) 58
Anas Sarwar (LAB) 12,996
Alison Thewliss (SNP) 20,658
Chris Young (LIB DEM) 612
Total votes cast: 39,381
All of Glasgow Labour MPs were made redundant last night. Each of the city’s seven constituencies voted for the Scottish National Party to represent them at Westminster. But Conservative David Cameron remains secure in No 10 Downing Street. In the early hours of the morning he said he wanted to: ‘Bring Britain together and build on the sure foundations this government had created.’
The senior Labour figures who are now jobless in Glasgow are: Margaret Curran(Glasgow East) Anas Sarwar (Glasgow Central) Ann McKechin(Glasgow North) Willie Bain (Glasgow North East) John Robertson (Glasgow North West) Tom Harris (Glasgow South) and Ian Davidson(Glasgow South West).
Said Ian Davidson: ‘I regret very much letting down Labour in the rest of the UK.’ He criticised Labour’s strategy in Scotland and added: ‘It needs to be clearer what Labour stands for. Labour is about challenging wealth and power. We’ve not been doing that strongly enough. We need to get back to our roots.’ He added that Jim Murphy’s position was untenable. Asked what he’d do himself, now, Mr Davidson replied: ‘I’ll not go to the House of Lords. But I’ve no idea really.’
Tom Harrison was clearly shocked at being out of a job after years representing his area but said: ‘That’s democracy. But I doubt that an SNP Scotland will welcome a former Labour MP looking for work.’ And he added: ‘That’s not a criticism. But that’s not the kind of politics I want to be involved in.’ However, SNP Stewart McDonald who won Tom Harris’ old seat, paid generous tribute to him in his victory speech.
The full results for Glasgow’s seven constituencies are recorded on this website.
A triumphal arrival awaited Nicola Sturgeon at the Glasgow count. Although no seat had been declared at that point, it seemed clear that the Scottish National Party had made a clean sweep in the city’s seven constituencies. The whole SNP team turned out to welcome her with total surround sound.
A seemingly buoyant Margaret Curran who has been Labour MP for Glasgow East and Shadow Scottish Secretary, looked set to lose her seat as did Tom Harris for Glasgow South.Margaret was brought into the counting hall tightly surrounded and supported by her party colleagues.
Tom Harris who had been Labour MP for Glasgow South for more than ten years, admitted defeat before the count was declared. ‘That’s democracy,’ he said. ‘I’m looking for a job now. But I doubt that an SNP Scotland will welcome a Labour MP looking for work.’ And he added: ‘That’s not a criticism. But that’s not the kind of politics I want to be involved in.’
At that stage, there was no sign of Anas Sarwar who followed in his father, Mohammad’s footsteps in Glasgow Central for Labour. But there was still hope that Willie Bain in Glasgow North East or Ann McKechin in Glasgow North might survive the cull.