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Bob visiting with Marie Curie nurses and staffSNP MSP, Bob Doris, for Glasgow and deputy convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee has welcomed the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Shona Robison MSP’s announcement of a major investment in palliative care research.

The investment is supporting Marie Curie in its largest ever research in partnership with the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND Association), totalling £1,425,000.

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Campaign launch

The first shots have been fired in the election campaign for next year’s Holyrood elections. The SNP candidate Bob Doris was joined by around 30 local volunteers in Maryhill for a rally ahead of taking to the doors and chatting to voters across Maryhill and Springburn later in the day.

Bob is currently a regional list MSP for Glasgow and stays in Maryhill. He is determined to unseat the sitting Labour MSP and become the constituency MSP for Maryhill and Springburn. Bob's first campaign initiative is to conduct a winter survey, asking local communities what matters to them most. The campaign leaflet also focuses on protecting public services and gaining more powers to defend Scotland against UK austerity. It also highlights local campaigning matters including fighting to save the M3 bus service as well as emphasising the recent victory to save our school buses for 1,500 children.

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SNP MSP for Glasgow, Bob Doris, recently visited a parents and toddlers’ group at the Roystonhill Community Centre. The visit followed the good news that St Roch's Childcare received £390,832 from the Big Lottery Fund to support its "Play at our Place" project for the next three years, which enables it to develop services to meet increased demand as well as expand into neighbouring communities including Germiston and Blackhill.

The project will offer vulnerable families, including parent and toddler groups, family workshops, one-to-one support, and a respite care service for parents and a crèche provision. Bob took time out to chat to staff and parents and was excited to hear how the range of child care facilities on offer benefits families across Royston and beyond.

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Bob - Conference-2015Local SNP MSP, Bob Doris recently attended the SNP Conference in Aberdeen. He was joined by around 3,500 delegates from across Scotland as the Party fired the starting pistol for the race to the Scottish elections next May. Bob was joined by hundreds of delegates from across Glasgow, including many from local communities across the north of the city.

The Conference highlighted a number of commitments by the Scottish National Party, including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP pledging 50,000 additional affordable homes and more flexible enhanced child care. Bob, who is the SNP candidate in the Maryhill and Springburn constituency in the upcoming Scottish elections, co-sponsored two successful resolutions - one on protecting public services and another on a fairer Scotland.

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SNP remain committed to minimum pricing

As a major international alcohol policy conference gets underway in Scotland, the SNP government has received praise from its chair for showing “political courage” in pursuing minimum unit pricing for alcohol.

The Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA) will hold its annual conference in Scotland over the next two days and its chair, Derek Rutherford, has praised the Scottish Government for seeking to implement minimum unit pricing for alcohol. Over 400 health researchers and campaigners from 50 countries will attend the conference.

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Bob - school busesSNP MSP for Glasgow, Bob Doris, has warmly welcomed the Council u- turn on axing free school buses following the announcement that school buses will now be re-instated.

The school bus axe has already impacted on the families of 1500 school pupils, with families from income deprived communities in the north of the city particularly hit hard. Bob has been campaigning against the proposed cuts since the summer and has met with parents and pupils across Glasgow who have been affected by the changes.

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Bob DorisFollowing news that First Glasgow is to make several service alterations which will reduce bus provision in north Glasgow, SNP MSP, Bob Doris is to meet the bus company to make representations on behalf of a number of worried constituents.

The service reductions will see the M3 service from Milton to the city centre be reduced from a 30 minute service to an hourly one and the 10 will now no longer run through Sighthill on its way into town. Bob has also launched a community petition to give local residents the opportunity to show the strength of their feelings and to show how important they feel the services are.

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Views of local residents ignored

SNP MSP Bob Doris has expressed his disapproval of last week’s decision by South Lanarkshire Council to give the green light to the £21m Cathkin Relief Road. Bob has in recent months and years been contacted by a large number of constituents who are strongly opposed to the scheme, and he has supported them in their opposition to the destruction of the green space on which the road will be built.

Bob Doris commented: "I have discussed the proposals with many local residents, and am clear that there is no public support for this unnecessary and environmentally destructive road. In financially challenging times there are any number of ways the £21m could be spent which would benefit the local economy and create much needed local jobs.

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Scottish Government 'well on the way' to delivering on affordable homes commitment

The SNP has today welcomed new figures showing an increase in the number of new homes completed in Scotland, as the Scottish Government is on track to exceed its commitment to exceed its five-year target to deliver 30,000 affordable homes by March 2016 – in stark contrast to the record of the last Labour administration in Scotland.

Ahead of a Scottish Parliament debate on housing today, the SNP has highlighted new Scottish Government figures showing that 16,281 new homes were completed across the private and social sector in 2014/15 – an increase of nine per cent on the previous year.

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