Kevin Keenan : Renewables Jobs for Dundee

2 April 2014

There is a big job that now needs to be done, following Dundee losing out to Hull as the base where Siemens will develop their wind turbine production facilities that will create thousands of jobs for the area.

I think that Dundee City Council  now needs to redouble its efforts in selling to Siemens the benefits of investing in the city as part of the supply chain of the renewables industry to bring much-needed jobs here.

It now looks very much like the investment by SSE, which Forth Energy regarded as a major player, is to be curtailed, so we need to be looking in other directions.

If First Minister Alex Salmond is not going to deliver on his promise of two years ago of 700 jobs in renewables for the city, then the city must strike out on its own, with the council working along with local businesses to promote the city’s skills and its potential.

Dundee has always been a city of manufacturing , and will remain so, because we possess the skilled workforce who can deliver.




Dundee City Council Budget Statement

Kevin Keenan, Labour Group Leader, Dundee City Council

13 February 2014

The Labour Group will be proposing the following budget amendments, having taken the full level of savings collectively offered by all Opposition Councillors, totalling £401.3k.

This will allow us to make a considerable difference in areas such as Social Work and Education.

Our Education spokesperson, Cllr Laurie Bidwell, states:

“The combined savings we have identified will allow us to amend the budget brought forward by the SNP Administration of the Council.

“I am delighted that we have found a way to stop the removal of the Early Years Practitioners who work in 22 of our Primary Schools in the City. 

“These practitioners, many educated to degree level, make an important contribution to pupils learning by, for example, taking reading and maths groups in P1-3 classes.

"I hope that the SNP Administration will accept our amendment at the budget meeting on Thursday afternoon.

"Since the SNP took over the administration of the Council they have removed staff from our Primary Schools year after year.

"In successive budgets they have cut a Deputy Head Teacher from each of our Primary Schools removed the team of visiting teachers of PE from working in all our primary schools and increased class sizes.

"This time I hope they will step back from imposing a damaging further cutback in our Primary Schools which we have shown can be avoided."

 Our Social Work Spokesperson, Bailie Helen Wright, has made a strong case for the Council to do what it can to address some of the issues within Social Work.  

She is therefore delighted that we will be putting forward proposals which will see no increase in Social Work charges this year.

Although we have had a Council Tax freeze for many years, those paying for services have continued to see substantial increases in charges for services year on year under the SNP.   

For at least one year, we will stop these increases in Social Work charges.  

This is particularly important considering that many of these individuals will have seen their benefits attacked by the Con/Dem Westminster Government.

In the other areas within the voluntary sector who also deliver social care, we have been able to find the funds which will see damage limitation for 20 of the 26 organisations as we have found the funds to deliver a 2% as opposed to the 3% cut imposed by the SNP Administration.

Again, these are organisations that deliver services to some of the most vulnerable in our City, and the SNP owe these individuals more than the apology they have received from the Chief Executive.

Another area that we hope to support is the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) as we are well aware of the increased footfall they have seen with people looking for advice due to Welfare Reform.  

We believe that they are an organisation held in the greatest of respect by the citizens of Dundee and we must be there to support them.


February 2014

Jim McGovern : Dundee Airport

Jim McGovern pledges to help local businesses after mistreatment by the banks 

Jenny Marra : Scotland’s Children - Speech in the Scottish Parliament debate

Lesley Brennan : Courageous Women Coming Forward on Domestic Abuse

Lesley Brennan : The Mills Observatory

Phil Welsh : Benefits Street

Jenny Marra : Early Years Practitioners in Dundee - Motion submitted by Jenny in the Scottish Parliament

Jenny Marra : Petition  - Ask Scotland's Justice Secretary to Support the Proposed Human Trafficking Bill in Scotland

Richard McCready : Thermal Imaging in the West End

Phil Welsh : Peter Black and the Newport War Memorial

Jenny Marra MSP : SNP must come clean on the Cost of Losing the Pound

Jenny Marra MSP  : Early Years Practitioners - It’s wrong to offset cuts in this way

Lesley Brennan : The 2015 Mission

Richard McCready : West End Community Council

Richard McCready : Control of Dogs in Parks, Cemeteries and Open Spaces

Richard McCready : Sport Dundee Committee

Kevin Keenan : Dundee City Council Budget statement

Laurie Bidwell : Labour Budget Proposal Can Retain the Early Years Practitioners Based in 22 of Our Primary Schools

Jim McGovern condemns HMRC office closures

Jim McGovern - Dundee Airport : Comment on letter to Dundee City Council by Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Airport

Phil Welsh : Before Jute, jam and journalism there were sacks, shells and suffrage.

Lesley Brennan : Closure of Police Public Counters in Dundee

Marlyn Glen : What Inequality Does

Laurie Bidwell : International Safer Internet Day 2014

Richard McCready : Conference Costing at least £699 - Value for Money ?

Brian Gordon : Whitfield Regeneration - An Excellent Choice for Housing

Richard McCready : Community Spirit Action Group

Laurie Bidwell : Grove Academy Prominent in Sunday Times Top 50 State Secondary Schools in Scotland

Jenny Marra MSP : Scottish Budget - Speech in the Scottish Parliament

Jenny Marra : Female Genital Mutilation - Speech in the Scottish Parliament

Laurie Bidwell : Revealed - The 22 Dundee Schools Which Will Lose their Early Years Practitioners in Proposed Budget Cuts

Laurie Bidwell : The Proposed Loss of Early Years Practitioners from 22 Primary Schools in Dundee



January 2014

Kevin Keenan : Dundee SNP Cuts are "Astonishing"

Jenny Marra : Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill

Laurie Bidwell : The SNP's Proposed Further Cuts in Dundee Primary Schools  

Richard McCready : West End Community Council meeting Richard McCready : City Council Meeting 13 January 2014

Marlyn Glen : New Year Celebrations  : Bringing in 2015 in Dundee

Jenny Marra MSP : SNP saves Stirling but fails Dundee

 Jim McGovern writes to United Nations concerning Father Jean-Pierre Ndulani

Jenny Marra MSP : Dog Control Legislation - Speech in the Scottish Parliament debate

Jenny Marra : Scotland’s Economy - Speech in the Scottish Parliament debate

Lesley Brennan : Gender Pay Differences in Dundee

Lesley Brennan : Call to Abolish £1,200 Maternity Tribunal Charge

December 2013

Richard McCready : Dundee City Council Environment Issues

Laurie Bidwell : Environment Committee Approves Play Area Improvements at Castle Green and Orchar Park

Laurie Bidwell  : Primary Class Size Failure - SNP can't be trusted on their education pledges

Jenny Marra : Human Rights - speech in the Scottish Parliament

Norma McGovern : Report to her Lochee Constituents

Lesley Brennan : Domestic Abuse Training Session "Valuable"

Lesley Brennan : Dementia - the Rising Cost of Care

Jim McGovern welcomes Transport Scotland report into Dundee Airport

Jim McGovern slams ‘out of touch’ Autumn Statement

Laurie Bidwell : Report to the Broughty Ferry Community Council December 2013 Meeting

Lesley Brennan : Road Safety Measures Needed at Gotterstone -Arbroath Road Junction

 Marlyn Glen : The Banking Euro-millionaires, the Foodbanks and the Pope

Richard McCready : World AIDS Day

Kevin Keenan  : Promoting economic development with Dundee in the lead role

Kevin Keenan : Vacant And Derelict Land Programme


November 2013

Richard McCready : Dundee’s Bid to become UK City of Culture 2017

Lesley Brennan : UK City of Culture 2017 outcome - Dundee will continue to succeed culturally

Jim McGovern ‘disappointed but not downhearted’ by City of Culture result  

Lesley Brennan : Referendum - Keeping the £ -No Cast-Iron Guarantee

Marlyn Glen : Borgen Returns

Laurie Bidwell : Dundee Cycling Report Card

Jenny Marra MSP : Dundee City of Culture

(Download a copy of Jenny’s speech)

Jenny Marra MSP : Regulatory Reform (Scotland ) Bill Stage 1

Lesley Brennan : We cannot afford to ignore the under-used potential of women

Richard McCready : Call for Special Commission to Mark UK City of Culture Year

Phil Welsh : Dundee Labour Students’ Successful Living Wage Campaign

Lesley Brennan : 25 Police Service Posts lost in Dundee in the past 6 months

Jenny Marra MSP :  Amendment to the Scottish Parliament motion " Hidden in Plain Sight" 

To mark Equal Pay Day :

Lesley Brennan : The Consequences of the Gender Pay Gap

Marlyn Glen : The Gender Pay Gaps

Laurie Bidwell : Equal Pay Day 

Congratulations to Dundee Labour Students for securing  the living wage for 153 staff at Dundee University

Jim McGovern quizzes David Cameron on zero-hours contracts

Marlyn Glen : The Price of Energy and Morality

Jim McGovern MP gives his support to striking university staff

Lesley Brennan : Referendum : Mr. Salmond and Mr. Micawber – Something Will Turn Up

Richard McCready : City Council Meetings





October 2013

Lesley Brennan : The prime importance of jobs for women and young adults

Lesley Brennan : The Cost of Living Crisis continues

Marlyn Glen : World Food Day and The Foodbanks

Lesley Brennan : Referendum : The Oil Fund - Behind Closed Doors

Jim McGovern welcomes Blacklisting Compensation Announcement 

September 2013

Jenny Marra speech : Compulsory Microchipping of dogs

Jenny Marra : Consultation on  proposal for new anti-human trafficking legislation

Jenny Marra calls for review of dangerous dog laws

Kevin Keenan : Referendum 2014
Brian Gordon : Next Year’s Referendum
Phil Welsh : Referendum - One Year To Go

Laurie Bidwell : Long Awaited Upgrading of Kerbs and Pavements in Gray Street Starting Monday - 100 yards better but miles to go!
Georgia Cruickshank :The women’s vote and the referendum
Marlyn Glen : The Battle of Flodden and The Flodden Peace and Reconciliation Centre

Richard McCready : Concern over Harris Academy Fire

Jenny Marra : Enterprise Networks

Jenny Marra MSP : Kemback Closure is a "disgrace"

Jenny Marra MSP : Councillors urged to reject independent report on Kemback Street or face Judicial Review

Jenny Marra MSP : Prince’s Trust Young People quiz new Shadow Minister

Laurie Bidwell : International Literacy Day

Laurie Bidwell : Consultation with Parents and Carers on the Future of Early Learning and Childcare in Dundee
Lesley Brennan : Wages and Inequality

Marlyn Glen : Conductor at Last Night of the Proms is the subject of Off-Key Comments

Laurie Bidwell : Maintaining Vibrant Communities and Houses in Multiple Occupation

Jim McGovern gives his stamp of approval to the new-look Lochee Post Office 


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