STIRLING CONSERVATIVE & UNIONIST ASSOCIATION
6 Gladstone Place, Stirling FK8 2NN. t: 01786 461200 e:firstname.lastname@example.org
Chairman: Alastair McCulloch President: Sir Michael Hirst Office Secretary: Fiona Wardrop
10th November 2010
SCOTTISH CONSERVATIVE CALLS FOR “COURAGE”
Stirling Councillor and Scottish parliamentary candidate, Callum Campbell, wants to see
courageous decisions being made in respect of policies affecting Scotland’s children.
At a recent Children in Scotland forum held at Stirling Management Centre, local Conservative councillor
and Scottish parliamentary candidate, Callum Campbell, joined a panel which included Minister for Children
and Early Years Adam Ingram, Karen Whitefield MSP, and Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and
Young People Tam Baillie to discuss the future of children in Scotland.
“Although we are still finalising details of the Scottish Conservative manifesto, we have no shortage of ideas
in respect of our policies for young people in Scotland. With an emphasis on early intervention we would
ideally like to see an even greater involvement from, for example, health visitors and voluntary groups.”
Chairing the panel, the BBC’s Sally McNair asked Callum Campbell if he would be prepared to “be
courageous” when making policy and taking decisions?
“Absolutely! El Sistema, based in Stirling, is a fine example of a courageous initiative which has benefitted
young children in Raploch enormously. I do believe that when courageous decisions are taken, more
doubters are created. The more doubters that are created, the harder people work to ensure a successful
outcome. But being courageous doesn’t mean being reckless. Some of the best outcomes occur as a result
of courageous decision making and policy making. I would like to see more of it.”
Cllr Campbell also emphasised his views on the enormous benefits of effective parenting to the audience of
around 200 members of the Children in Scotland forum, which included professionals and academics.
“To be an effective parent, you require an enormous range of skill sets. You need to be able to inspire,
negotiate, lead, mentor and encourage, amongst many other things. Big businesses put a high monetary
value on people who have these skills, and spend millions of pounds training their managers to attain them.
There is no shame if we, as parents, seek support in attaining these skills too. I would like to see
Conservative policy help us get even more involved with voluntary organisations in supporting parents right
across the social spectrum in this particular area.”
-Councillor Campbell is Conservative Group Spokesman for Education, Stirling Council
and Scottish Conservative parliamentary candidate for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane.
-Sistema Scotland(the Big Noise”) – a charity set up in Raploch based on the Venezuelan model in the
belief that children can gain huge social benefits from playing in an orchestra. The scheme inspires
confidence, pride, teamwork and aspiration.
Attachment photograph: Scottish parliamentary candidate, Councillor Callum Campbell
Contact: Councillor Callum Campbell (m) 07725 768 311
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