Paisley City of Culture bid backed by Commons deputy speaker

Paisley is on the shortlist for 2021.
Paisley is on the shortlist for 2021.
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Eleanor Laing MP, the deputy speaker of the House of Commons has given her backing to the town’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021.

Eleanor Laing MP, was born in Paisley and grew up in the Renfrewshire area and has backed the bid that could help the town rediscover its glory.

Eleanor Laing has given her backing to the bid. Picture; Wiki Commons

Eleanor Laing has given her backing to the bid. Picture; Wiki Commons

Paisley the only Scottish contender shortlisted to be UK City of Culture 2021 faces stiff competition from Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea.

Ms Laing, the Conservative MP for Epping Forest in Essex, recently visited her home town and gave her backing to the bid.

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She said: “It is absolutely brilliant Paisley has been shortlisted to be UK City of Culture 2021.

“I am passionately backing the bid because I know the impact it will make on Paisley. Not only have the people of Paisley got tremendous energy and enterprise skills, the town is full of potential.

“I think a lot of people have forgotten what a beautiful town Paisley was in its heyday and I believe we can help people to rediscover Paisley’s glory.

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“Working together towards the 2021 bid will bring tremendous benefits to everybody of all ages and backgrounds from this wonderful town.”