Opening of Scotstoun Community Centre

John was pleased to attend the opening of the new Scotstoun Community Centre, called Heart of Scotstoun. The new facility fulfils a much required need for a community facility in Scotstoun, ever since the closure of Victoria Drive Secondary School many years ago.

John is pictured with Andy McLaren, Charlie Miller and Gary McSwegan, professional footballers who work for A & M Training, they specialise in working with vulnerable and at risk young people aged between 10 and 25 years of age. They provide sporting and physical activities interlaced with groupwork services and experiential learning sessions.

Oakbridge Care Home Summer Fete

John was honoured to be asked to open the Summer Fete held at Oakbridge Care Home. The home is located in the former Knightswood Primary school on Great Western Road in Knightswood.


Today marks the beginning of Ramadan, Islam’s holy month, and I would like to wish all my Moslem constituents Ramadan Mubarak.

The most remarkable feature of Ramadan, at least to non-Moslems, is of course the dawn-to-dusk fast that Ramadan asks for. But it is also a time for inner contemplation and reflecting upon one’s place in the world and one’s role in helping other people, not least through charitable acts.

Fasting and abstinence, in one guise or another, as well as giving help to those who need it, has been a feature of the world’s great religions, and I believe we can all learn from their example of moderation and kindness, whether or not we profess a religion ourselves.

Ed Miliband, the Leader of the Labour Party, has sent his good wishes for a peaceful and happy Ramadan to Muslims everywhere. I would like to echo his thoughts and in particular send those of my constituents who are observing Ramadan, my wish that they have a peaceful and happy month.