Ian wear’s it pink to fund a cure for breast cancer


Ian is joining forces with Breast Cancer Campaign to raise awareness of its award winning fundraising event, wear it pink day, supported by Vanish.

On Friday 29 October 2010 supporters in schools, colleges and businesses throughout the country are encouraged to don an item of pink in support of Campaign and each donate £2 to fund innovative world-class breast cancer research.

Last year over one million people took part in wear it pink to help improve survival rates for the one in nine women who experience breast cancer during their lifetime.

Ian says “Every year in the UK, over 45,500 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women. Although it is rare, men can also suffer from breast cancer, with around 300 men diagnosed each year. I know people who have lost friends and family members to the disease and I would like to encourage everyone in my constituency of Edinburgh South and throughout the country to support wear it pink on October 29, to raise valuable funds for breast cancer research.”

To take part in the UK’s original and best pink day call freephone 0800 107 3104 or visit www.wearitpink.co.uk and register to receive your free fundraising pack now. wear it pink is supported by Vanish, which has committed to raising an incredible £250,000 for the charity this year.

Olympics 2012 Volunteering


Ian has teamed up with Shadow Scotland Office Minister Tom Greatrex MP to encourage volunteers across Edinburgh and the Lothian’s to sign up as Games Makers for the 2012 Olympics.  Up to 70,000 volunteers are needed for the 2012 Games, and people in Scotland can help out either in Glasgow or in London.

There are only a few days left until the 27 October 2010 deadline for volunteering programme, so those interested are urged to apply now to avoid missing out on their last chance to be a Games Maker.

Ian said:  “This is a great opportunity for people in Edinburgh and the Lothian’s to participate in the 2012 Olympics.  Anybody can play a part in the Games and I would urge those interested to go online and sign up to be a Games Maker.   Our national stadium, Hampden, in Glasgow is hosting the Olympics football tournament which is a real privilege.   I would encourage as many people as possible across Edinburgh to sign up and contribute to this historic occasion through the array of talents which people in Edinburgh have.”

Tom Greatrex MP, Shadow Scotland Office Minister, said:   “The 2012 Olympics organisers are looking to recruit volunteers for the football tournament at Hampden Park.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for residents not just from my own constituency of Rutherglen and Hamilton West but for people all over Scotland, to play their part in the Games and I too am urging everyone to visit the London 2012 website and sign up to be a Games Maker.”

Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games), said:   “The London 2012 Games simply could not happen without volunteers from across the UK. Whenever I have spoken to previous volunteers, they’ve all said what a fantastic experience it was. Whatever your role, you will help welcome the world and show what the whole country has to offer. So don’t miss out on this opportunity of a lifetime. You’ve got a few days left to fill-in your application form – don’t miss the deadline of October 27.”

Dangers in Burdiehouse Terrace


Ian and local residents of Burdiehouse are fed up with the lack of action being taken to clean up and secure the development site at Burdiehouse Terrace and Burdiehouse Road.  Private owners evicted the tenants before planning permission was granted to replace the existing 4 houses with 28 flats on the site, and since their eviction the properties have been ransacked and all the contents of the houses being dumped in the gardens, including furniture, children’s toys, cookers, rubbish bags and waste.  The properties have been continually vandalised and set on fire at least 10 times with the Council agreeing that some of the structure is now unsafe.  Despite this the private owners through their agents at Edenlaw Midlothian refuse to clean up or secure the site, as a result Ian Murray and local residents have asked the Council to step in and clean it up and bill the owners directly.

Ian said “The state of the site is shocking, not only have the gardens been turned into an open rubbish dump, but as the buildings have been subjected to constant arson attacks they are now extremely unsafe.  Only last week there was about 9 or 10 young people inside one of the buildings, what happens if it collapses around them.  Local residents are rightly very concerned about this as it is becoming a major health hazard.  Also the terrible waste of resources and added strain this is putting on our local emergency services cannot be overlooked.  Lothian and Borders Police and the Fire Brigade should be able to bill the owners for negating their responsibilities and putting unnecessary workload on to our much valued emergency services.  If the owners were to clean up and secure the site properly we would not have these issues. ”

Ian supports Macmillan World’s biggest coffee morning


On September 24th, Macmillan are inviting all of us to take part in their attempt to raise 8 million pounds by taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. One in 4 of us will be affected by cancer at some time in our lives. Macmillan is there to help those affected, as well as their carers and families, in all sorts of ways….…read more

Prime Minister’s Questions (8 Sep 2010) Q11. [13128]Ian Murray (Edinburgh South) (Lab):


“Will the Deputy Prime Minister join me in paying tribute to the Rotary Club of Braids in my constituency, which has raised thousands of pounds for shelter boxes to send to Pakistan and other areas that are devastated by events? Will he give a commitment that his Government will consider altering the gift aid scheme to ensure that bucket collections can be included, so that the club’s valuable work can go much further?
The Deputy Prime Minister: We will, of course, look at anything that will continue to encourage people to be as generous as they have been in responding to this truly horrific catastrophe. I was in Pakistan, in Sindh province, just last week, where I saw for myself the scale of the situation. It is genuinely difficult to comprehend that an area the size of the whole United Kingdom has been submerged under water. Some 20 million people have been displaced and my fear is that the worst is still to come as water-borne diseases start taking hold. That is why I certainly welcome the hon. Gentleman’s active interest in this issue and why I will welcome work from him and Members on both sides of the House so that we can work together to continue, both as a Government and as a people, to show the support that all the many distressed communities in Pakistan deserve at this time.”

Ian and Pakistan Society help Braids Rotary Club Launch ShelterBox Pakistan Appeal


Ian and the Pakistan Society helped launch the Braids Rotary Club Pakistan ShelterBox appeal to help flood stricken families in Pakistan.  The Braids Rotary club are joining Rotary members throughout the world in sending aid to Pakistan through the ShelterBox scheme.  Shelterbox was the brain child of one Rotarian member 10 years ago and has grown to be the Rotary clubs biggest campaign in their 100 year history, with almost 90,000 ShelterBoxes sent to disaster areas to date.

With the support of the Eric Liddell Centre on Morningside Road the Braids Rotary Club have erected a sample tent and supplies which are included in every ShelterBox outside the Eric Liddell Centre on the corner of Morningside Road and Chamberlain Road, where volunteers will be collecting donations to help fund the £500 boxes which are going directly to the flood victims of Pakistan.  Ian was joined by Jim Bryce of the Braids Rotary Club, Bob Randal of the Eric Liddell Centre and Amjad Chaudhry Chair of the Pakistan Society to help launch the scheme.

Ian said “Shelterbox is a fantastic initiative that has helped thousands of people affected by disasters throughout the world.  The devastation caused by the floods in Pakistan is horrific and I urge people to come along and see firsthand the Braids Rotary Club’s ShelterBox campaign and donate what they can to help raise funds to send as many boxes to Pakistan as Possible.”

Braids Rotary Club volunteers will be stationed at the Eric Liddell Centre until Thursday at 5pm to collect your cash and provide information about the scheme.  However if you can’t make it down to the centre you can donate money direct to victims of the floods in their local communities in Pakistan via the Pakistan Society Office at 137 Buccleuch Street, Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 1.30pm, 0131 662 9446.