Lottery funding for good causes

Scottish National Party Candidate for the Glasgow East by-election Cllr John Mason warmly welcomed the announcement by the Scottish Government's Sport Minister Stewart Maxwell today for the public meetings in Glasgow on Thursday, so that the people can bring forward their ideas for the Commonwealth Games 2014 legacy.

The events are to take place at the University of Strathclyde Students' Union and Tollcross Leisure Centre.

Cllr Mason said:

"Alex Salmond, in partnership with the City Council and Scotland's Commonwealth Games organisation, led the magnificent effort to secure the 2014 Games for Glasgow.

"The Games give us an unrivalled opportunity to deliver a real and lasting legacy for the whole city of Glasgow, particularly the east end, and indeed for the whole of Scotland.

"Thursday's public meetings demonstrate the SNP government's commitment to involving the people of Glasgow in delivering a successful Games legacy.

"A crucial area where we must make progress, and where I will demand action if elected to represent Glasgow East, is securing the return of at least £150 million Lottery good causes money that has been siphoned away from Scotland and poured into the financial back hole that is the London Olympics.

"This money must come back to Scotland to help support the Glasgow 2014 Games legacy.

"The UK Labour Government are not investing a penny in the Glasgow Games - 80% of the money is coming from the SNP administration, and 20% from the City Council. And the Westminster government are actually taking money away from Glasgow and Scotland, for the London Olympics, that should be available to support the Glasgow Games legacy.

"The Scottish Government are enabling the voice of the Glasgow people to be heard in delivering a fantastic legacy for the Games, and if elected I will ensure that Glasgow's voice is heard at Westminster in securing a fair financial deal for the Glasgow 2014 legacy."