MP leads day of action to save Renfrew RBS branch MP leads day of action to save Renfrew RBS branch
A local politician has led a group of activists to try to save the Royal Bank of Scotland’s branch in Renfrew. Gavin Newlands, SNP MP... MP leads day of action to save Renfrew RBS branch

A local politician has led a group of activists to try to save the Royal Bank of Scotland’s branch in Renfrew.

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, joined party members and other community activists to campaign in Renfrew town centre to fight the decision by RBS to close the branch.

They handed out leaflets and encouraged local shoppers to sign a parliament petition outside the recently refurbished Renfrew branch.


Photo: MP Gavin Newlands (far left) with local Councillors and activists

Following the banking crisis in 2008, the taxpayer bailed out RBS and the UK Government is the current major shareholder. In Westminster, the SNP has continually demanded that the Prime Minister instructs RBS CEO, Ross McEwan, to stop the closures of the RBS bank branches across Scotland.

Across Scotland RBS plan to close more than 60 bank branches.

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said: “Over the past couple of months, I have been campaigning with the local community to try and save the popular and recently refurbished RBS branch in Renfrew.

“This has included encouraging local people and businesses to sign and support my parliamentary petition, which I will be presenting soon, calling on RBS to reverse their nonsensical decision to close this busy branch.

“Last Saturday, I led a day of action in Renfrew town centre, speaking to local shoppers and securing more support for our campaign. The message from Saturday’s day of action was loud and clear – RBS is owned by the taxpayer, we bailed them out and they shouldn’t be attempting to bail out of Renfrew.

“If RBS continues to go down this road, the Tory UK Government – as the major shareholder – should finally intervene and stop this closure. Local people will not forget if RBS, in partnership with the Tories, allows the doors of the Renfrew branch to close for good.”