Bob presenting the winning Team Somalia their trophy after the final against the Scottish Fire ServiceSNP MSP for Glasgow, Bob Doris, brought a team of MP’s and Councillors to Springburn to play in a friendly football match against veteran African footballers at Petershill Park recently.

The game was part of a week long series of events, organised by local charity African Challenge Scotland, aimed at providing opportunities for the African community in north Glasgow to learn more about their history and culture. The week gave families from all backgrounds in the north of the city and beyond the opportunity to participate in various sporting and cultural events over the seven days.

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Bob with Joanne Martin and Dame SilverSNP MSP for Glasgow, Bob Doris, recently held a meeting with former Springburn Academy student, Joanne Martin, and the chair of the Scottish Government Commission on widening access, Dame Ruth Silver. The meeting, which was held in Bob’s constituency office, was an opportunity for Joanne, who recently won a place at Aberdeen Medical School, to outline the challenges and barriers she encountered in trying to gain a place at medical school. Joanne was turned down from various Medical Schools on eight occasions despite having all the required grades.

Bob has been working with Joanne for several months to challenge the selection criteria at various medical schools, which they both considered to be unfair towards students in state schools, particularly in deprived areas. Joanne has since gained a place at Aberdeen Medical School and will take her place up this September. The meeting will be used to inform Dame Silver’s Commission, who will make recommendations to the Scottish Government on how to further improve access to Scotland’s Universities for those from the most deprived areas in Scotland.

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Modern Apprenticeships, a great opportunity for young people aged between 16 and 24 to build their skills whilst earning money; have witnessed a 45% increase in Glasgow since 2007. Modern Apprenticeships give young people the chance to take on responsibility and gain experience with the prospect of a fulltime job afterwards. Every year the number of young people on Modern Apprenticeships is continuing to increase, giving thousands more young people the skills they need to enter the workforce.

SNP MSP for Glasgow, Bob Doris said: “The increasing number of Modern Apprenticeships both locally and across Scotland is brilliant news for young people. This increase also highlights how effective the Scottish Government has been since 2007, in ensuring the next generation of workers are ready for the world of work. We have a Scottish Government that is committed to up skilling and empowering our youth.

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SNP will continue to work hard to improve Scotland's NHS

The SNP is today welcoming new A&E figures which show that the Scottish Government’s interim target of treating 95 per cent of patients within four hours has been exceeded – and is pledging to continue to work hard to further improve Scotland’s health service.

The figures released today for the week ended July 12th show that 95.4 per cent of A&E patients were treated within four hours – the best performance levels since weekly reporting of figures began in February.

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