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Thursday 20th January 2011 saw Scotland’s Party Leaders and Party representatives, Rt Hon Alex Salmond: First Minister of Scotland, Iain Gray MSP: Leader of Scottish Labour Party, Annabel Goldie MSP: Leader of Scottish Conservative Party, Robert Brown MSP: Representative Scottish Liberal Democrats and Patrick Harvie MSP: Leader of Scottish Green Party join Show Racism the Red Card along with the host for the day Tony Higgins, and invited guests at Hibernian FC, Easter Road, to pledge their support to tackle racism and sectarianism during the next administration.
First Minister Alex Salmond said: “In our modern, vibrant Scotland, racism, sectarianism and bigotry are utterly unacceptable. The Scottish Government will continue to work with organisations such as Show Racism the Red Card to fight all forms of discrimination. I congratulate them for the action that they have been taking over a number of years using our national sport to tackle racism and sectarianism by harnessing the high profile of professional footballers. In our One Scotland with Many Cultures we value diversity and the contribution that every citizen and all communities bring to the rich tartan tapestry of our land. There is no place for prejudice or discrimination.”
We were joined by high profile supporters of the campaign, including: Michael Weir, Derek Ferguson, Jim Duffy and Hibernian FC players: Edwin De Graff and Valdas Trakys. This event was a great opportunity to showcase the work of Show Racism the Red Card, highlighting that everyone has a role to play in tackling racist and sectarian behaviour, promoting a multicultural and inclusive society.
We also screened our anti-sectarian film ‘Rivals not Enemies’, which features footballers Stephen Craigan, Craig Gordon, Scott McDonald, Barry Robson, Michael Stewart alongside former SFA Chief Executive Gordon Smith, PFA Scotland Chief Executive Fraser Wishart and Aberdeen Manager Craig Brown. Elaine C Smith appears in the film and comments, “There is more that binds us than divides us.” Fraser Wishart and Michael Stewart were also present on the day to pledge their continued support.
Ged Grebby, CEO of Show Racism the Red Card, said: “It is fantastic that all the Party Leaders in Scotland made the time to attend this event and endorse our campaign publically. Our organisation has a proud record of combating racism and sectarianism in Scotland and the support of all the major political parties in Scotland is a huge boost for our work. Our thanks also go to Hibernian FC for again hosting our event and taking the time to sort first team players to attend.”