Letters to the Editor - May 15, 2015

Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor

Here’s a selection of letters we’ve received this week.

Michael Connarty thanks his supporters.

Sir, – I have never seen my work in politics about me personally but about the Scottish Labour Party which I have had the privilege to represent.

Since I won a council seat in 1977, it has been the fantastic people who have supported and campaigned for the Scottish Labour Party who have inspired me - and I want to thank those campaigners, men and women, stalwarts who have been there for the Party and for me, campaign after campaign, and the large number of newer members who have joined us in the Scottish Labour Party.

As ‘‘Labour United’’ they helped save Scotland from the disaster that would have seen Scotland torn out of the sharing and supportive United Kingdom.

I also thank the 19,121 voters in Linlithgow and East Falkirk who voted for Scottish Labour and my candidacy, despite the false promises of the SNP.

It was obvious that the threat of the SNP was used to scare Conservative voters back into the arms of a Conservative Government.

It was a well thought-out plan by the anti-Labour media owners to urge English voters to vote Conservative in England to ‘stop the SNP’ and in Scotland to vote SNP ‘to stop Labour’ .

My prediction was that no matter how many SNP MP’s are elected, they will languish on the opposition benches as a powerless minority group. This will now be tested.

I believe a slick SNP campaign based on a promise of support for a Labour Government was always a false promise but it has now denied Scotland the policies championed by the Labour Party.

It will not be too long before the full extent of the damage of the SNP betrayal of Scotland’s people will become clear.

Scottish Labour must move to take up its position as part of the Scottish Labour movement which gave it life and purpose. I look forward to working in that campaign to protect people from the Tory attacks which will soon follow.

Special thanks to my family, staff and those who stood closest in the battles against injustice - you all know how much I owe you. – Yours etc.,


Former MP Linlithgow and East Falkirk Constituency

Investigate your symptoms

Sir, – We are urging your readers,in Coeliac UK Awareness Week, to ask “is it coeliac disease?” if they are suffering from any of these symptoms - stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, regular bouts of diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, ongoing fatigue, anaemia, weight loss, or constant mouth ulcers.

If that is you we encourage you to visit www.isitcoeliacdisease.org.uk and take the Coeliac UK online assessment for coeliac disease symptoms and risk factors.

The assessment provides you with a result that you can take to your GP if the result indicates a need for further investigation into coeliac disease.

When people with coeliac disease eat gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, the body attacks and damages the lining of the gut where food is absorbed, making it difficult for the body to get the nutrients it needs.

Gluten is found in many every day foods such as bread, pasta, cereals, cakes, biscuits and sauces.

A lack of diagnosis means unpleasant and damaging symptoms recurring on a frequent basis which, if left untreated, can lead to serious health problems such as osteoporosis and in some cases, small bowel cancer.

It is estimated that nearly 40,000 people in Scotland have coeliac disease but remain untreated and undiagnosed.

The good news is that coeliac disease is treatable by switching to a strict gluten-free diet for life. –Yours et.,

Myles Fitt

Coeliac UK

1 St Colme Street, Edinburgh

Poverty is a very realm issue

Sir, – We welcome the new report by Academics Stand Against Poverty as it keeps public attention on the real practical issue of poverty.

A huge 83 per cent of low income households told us they’ve seen no sign of their finances improving in the last year, with many struggling to put food on the table for their families or ending up increasingly in debt. This is having a detrimental effect on their health and wellbeing.

Yet we also found that more than a third of those on low incomes have never checked what financial support could be available to them. We are working to raise awareness of this support and make it easy to access, and anyone in need can use the free tools on our website – www.turn2us.org.uk – to find out quickly and easily what help might be available.

Organisations like Turn2us exist to get practical help to those who most need it. We want people to know that that help is available and urge all like minded organisations to make this help as accessible and prominent as possible. – Yours etc.,

Simon Hopkins

Chief Executive


200 Shepherds Bush Road


Difficult to live with

Sir, – ‘‘When my M.E. was at its worst, I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t move, I couldn’t go out. Even washing my hair was tiring.”’

This is what one woman living with the chronic, disabling condition Myalgic Encephalomyelitis told us about her experience for May’s M.E. Awareness Month.

On top of symptoms including pain, cognitive difficulties and post-exertional malaise – the body’s inability to recover after expending even small amounts of energy – people with M.E. often face a lack of understanding about the condition from those around them.

How does it feel to live with this every day? You can find out at www.actionforme.org.uk/get-the-facts –Yours etc.,

Sonya Chowdhury

Chief Executive

Action for M.E.

42 Temple Street, Keynsham