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MSP McMahon lends support to Nil by Mouth, saying no to sectarianism

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 18:19 GMT on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013.

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MSP McMahon, on the right, lends her support to Nil by Mouth.

LABOUR MSP Siobhan McMahon has said it was a “pleasure” to lend her support to the leading anti-sectarianism charity, Nil by Mouth (NBM).

McMahon, a Labour MSP for Central Scotland, spoke of her “delight” following an event at the Scottish Parliament. 

Currently, Nil by Mouth offers workshops in schools, colleges and youth groups through its ‘Champions for Change’ scheme which seeks to inspire young people to challenge sectarian attitudes and learn more about other cultures and beliefs; aiming to embed strong anti-sectarian policies, practices and procedures into schools and encourage pupils to set up their own anti-sectarian initiatives.

Ms McMahon said: “I’m delighted to be able to lend my support to this cause. In schools across Scotland young people have used ‘Champions for Change’ to run inter-faith events, football competitions, set up pupil action committees and draw up anti-sectarianism charters. 

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“It shouldn’t be forgotten that only a third of arrests for sectarian behaviour are related to football. This problem seeps right across our society and that’s what makes Nil by Mouths work in schools all the more important. 

“Sectarianism is a problem for Scotland but not an insurmountable one and this can be the generation which defeats it once and for all.”

The Nil by Mouth charity was founded by Glasgow teenager Cara Henderson after the brutal sectarian murder of her friend Mark Scott in 1996. Since then it has campaigned tirelessly against sectarianism on, and off, the terraces.

Nil by Mouth Campaign Director Dave Scott added: “We are extremely grateful to have Siobhan McMahons support for our campaign. Everyone has a part to play in ridding Scotland of bigotry and we have been working with a number of youth groups, schools and colleges right across Scotland. All NBM services are free of charge and we are very keen to deepen our work with groups in the Central Scotland area. By working together we can banish bigotry once and for all.”

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