Sending right impression? SNP skewered on Glasgow COP26 plans amid mounting chaos

BBC: Sally asks MP if Glasgow are giving 'the right impression'

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SNP MP Alison Thewliss has been grilled by Sally Nugent on Cop26 plans, who asked whether Glasgow is giving the “right impression” to the rest of the world amid mounting chaos. The grilling came after delegates and commuters have been warned they might face travel chaos as rail companies threaten to strike. 

The BBC Breakfast presenter said: “Cop 26 is coming up.

“The eyes of the world are going to be on Glasgow.

“We have a deadline today to avert a rail strike, refuse workers striking, GP appointments being cancelled during the summit so that there’s not so much traffic on the road.

Do you think that’s giving sending the right impression to the rest of the world?

Alison Thewliss said in response: I’m incredibly excited at the world’s coming to my constituency.

And I think it’s a huge opportunity here for people to see all that Glasgow has to offer.

I would encourage very much the unions to come together and to get an agreement on the terms that have been offered by the Scottish Government.

“And understand that some of the unions have agreed to those terms, and one of them has not.”

She added: “So I would very much encourage them to look again at this and see if that can be resolved.

The COP26 Summit is taking place within days, where world leaders are to meet in Glasgow to discuss climate action.

However, ministers in Glasgow are warning rail strikes during the summit as they are not certain that a deal could be agreed before Wednesday’s deadline.

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A strike would mean chaos for the delegates who will be staying outside the city on the basis that they could reach the city by train. 

A United Nations’ top official has warned of “conflict and chaos” if world leaders fail to tackle climate change.

Patricia Espinosa told the Observer: “We’re really talking about preserving the stability of countries, preserving the institutions that we have built over so many years, preserving the best goals that our countries have put together. 

“The catastrophic scenario would indicate that we would have massive flows of displaced people.”
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