Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has led a group of activists to try to save the Royal Bank of Scotland’s branch in Renfrew.

Following RBS’ decision to close more than 60 bank branches across Scotland, the SNP have continued their campaign to save these branches by organising a national day of action.

On Saturday, SNP members, along with other community activists, took to Renfrew town centre, handing out leaflets and encouraging local shoppers to sign a parliament petition which urges RBS to reverse their decision to close the recently furbished and popular bank branch.

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.

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.”