Movember Murray


Ian is proudly joining the Movember movement and campaigning to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.  During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world.  Ian will begin November with a clean shaven face then during the rest of the month will groom and trim his way into the annals of fine moustachery.

Ian will be supported in the growing department by his office staff who will be encouraging friends and constituents alike to raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

To donate to this extremely worthwhile cause please visit HTTP://MOBRO.CO/TEAMMURRAY.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

Ian and his team will keep people up to date through the above website on their growing and styling efforts, so be sure to log on for further updates.  Ian said “I am proud to support and participate in this great and worthy event.  Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, as one man every hour dies of the disease in the UK alone.  We must do all we can to raise awareness of the disease and make it easier for men to get informed.”

The funds raised in the UK support the number one and two male specific cancers – prostate and testicular cancer. In 2010, over 112,000 UK Mo Bros and Mo Sistas got on board, raising £11.7 million with £46.8 million raise worldwide.  In total Movember has raised a staggering £108.5 Million since its conception and has grown from 30 participants to 447,000 people taking part.

If anyone has any worries about the disease, The Prostate Cancer Charity has a whole team of specialist nurses who are there to answer questions on their confidential Helpline. Call 0800 074 8383 or visit to find out more about the disease.


Ian appointed to the shadow front bench by Labour leader Ed Miliband


Ian has vowed to be a trusted friend to Scotland’s businesses, after being promoted onto the shadow front bench.

Ian was appointed to the shadow Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) team by leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband.

His responsibilities within the team will encompass a wide range of issues – including employee relations, trade and competition policy, company law, consumer affairs and postal affairs.

Above all, he hopes his presence on the team will ensure the interests of businesses and consumers in Scotland are always fully considered in Westminster.

Following his appointment, Ian said: “Scotland has a wealth of successful and vastly diverse businesses, of which we can be very proud. And I hope that as part of the new shadow BIS team I will be able to highlight many of our businesses on the UK stage.

“But I also recognise that in the current economic climate many of our companies are facing significant pressures. And I want to make sure their concerns have a strong voice too.

“Many of our businesses are already hurting because of the decisions and policies of the current Government. As part of the shadow team I am determined to stand up for our businesses, employees and consumers. And I aim to press the Government to ensure everything possible is being done to support our businesses and employees at this difficult time.”

Until the reshuffle, Ian – who ran his own business before entering Parliament – was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ivan Lewis, the former shadow culture secretary.

He is one of a number of the 2010 intake of MPs who have been promoted to the front bench, following a reshuffle of the shadow cabinet.

He said: “I am delighted to have been asked to take on this role as part of the shadow Business, Innovation and Skills team. It will bring with it huge responsibilities, but I am excited by the challenge that will involve.”

The cabinet reshuffle followed a change in Labour Party rules at annual conference, which means the shadow cabinet can be appointed by the Party leader, rather than elected.

Tory-led Government out of touch with needs of farmers and consumers


Mary Creagh MP, Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary, in response to the publication of the Government’s response to the BIS Select Committee report on the proposed Groceries Code Adjudicator, said:
“After 18 months of delay, the Government has announced its Groceries Code Adjudicator will be neutered from the start. It will not investigate the claims of trade associations or whistleblowers and it will not penalise companies who breach the code despite the recommendations of two Parliamentary Select Committees.
“This Government is out of touch with farmers, food processors and consumers alike, when food prices have risen six per cent in one year. They should be standing up for shoppers who are feeling the squeeze and the food producers who are the engine for jobs and growth in this, the country’s largest manufacturing sector.”
Ian Murray MP, Labour’s Shadow Consumer Affairs Minister, added:
“The huge delays to this announcement are unacceptable. I am disappointed that the main recommendations of the BIS Committee are merely being considered, and not yet acted upon, by Ministers. Much of the evidence shows that the system would be more responsive to the needs of supplier and, ultimately, consumers if information from expert trade associations and even whistleblowers could be used to initiate investigations.”

Ian takes the Pledge to Make a Difference


Ian is taking the pledge to encourage people throughout Edinburgh South to give time to benefit the local community, after joining pop mogul Pete Waterman and BBC Radio Five Live presenter, Rachel Burden in the build up to CSV Make a Difference Day, the biggest single day of volunteering on Saturday 29 October 2011.

Pete Waterman and Rachel Burden have given Ian a ‘pledge kit’ with a host of ideas to benefit others, such as writing letters and drawing pictures to sick children in hospitals, baking a Chocolate Fridge Cake to donate to a lonely neighbour, homeless shelter or nursing home, planting a mini meadow in a local park to attract wildlife or even knitting blankets for lonely pets in shelters.

CSV Make a Difference Day ambassador, Pete Waterman, says “Rachel and I are encouraging MPs and people of all ages to take part in CSV Make a Difference Day to combat feelings of isolation, loneliness and anxiety, as well as making local communities a happier, more welcoming place.

“Get to know your neighbours, make friends, get fit and transform the place where you live into a beautiful haven. Lift community spirits by organising a garden makeover, Halloween street party or bingo evening at a homeless shelter, nursing home or hospital ward. Even simple changes like reporting faulty street lights can have a positive impact in strengthening communities.”

CSV Make a Difference Day, is the UK’s biggest single day of volunteering on Saturday 29 October 2011 with events taking place a week either side. This year the focus is isolation and loneliness. The campaign is looking to demonstrate how giving time through volunteering with friends, family and neighbours and being an active member of the community can make people feel less lonely, anxious and isolated.

CSV is giving away free inspirational ideas on how you can combat isolation and loneliness to create a happier, stronger and safer community:


  • ‘How-to make a chocolatey difference’ a special Chocolate Fridge Cake recipe by Chef, Sam Stern
  • ‘How-to volunteer to combat loneliness’
  • ‘How-to write a difference’ for very sick children in hospitals
  • ‘How-to get online’ for people who have never used the internet
  • ‘How-to combat community isolation’
  • ‘How-to knit an animal blanket’ (because pets get lonely too!)


The campaign is looking to empower lonely and isolated people as well as individuals and groups to volunteer this year. New independent research shows that nearly a third of young people are currently more anxious about their future since the onset of recession, while 1 in 10 of the population report anxiety following the summer riots.


To find out more about volunteering on CSV Make a Difference Day, call us on FREEPHONE 0800 284 533 or email or go online at


Raise your mugs for charity with Ian


Ian is taking part in Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning this September 29th, and he wants the people of Edinburgh South to get involved.

Macmillan Cancer Support provides advice and services to those affected by cancer and their families, and are aiming to raise more than the 8.3m generated from last years events.

Ian said “I know that a considerable number of constituents have personal experience of the problems a cancer diagnosis can bring to both cancer patients and their family, and I know that Macmillan has been there to support many of those in need.

“That’s why I will be hosting a coffee morning and would urge constituents to consider holding their own coffee morning, or coffee evening. It’s an easy and fun way to raise money for Macmillan, and every penny you raise will help people with cancer.”

Last year Ian and local residents raised nearly £200 for Macmillan Cancer Trust and hope to do so again this year. The Coffee Morning event will take place at 10.30am till 12 noon on Thursday 29th September at Ian’s Constituency Office – 31 Minto Street.

To register to host a coffee morning visit  or call 0845602 1246.