Youth Unemployment

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Parliamentary

Below is a copy of my speech in the recent debate on youth unemployment: I congratulate the hon. Member for Norwich North (Chloe Smith) on securing this debate. She has shown herself to be extremely interested in this issue, both in her constituency and in her work in Parliament. Indeed, she recently became vice-chair of […]

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Job Centre Plus

Job Centre Plus

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Parliamentary

Below is a copy of my speech in the recent Westminster Hall debate on Job Centre Plus: Let me echo my colleagues and say what a pleasure it is to serve under your chairmanship again, Mr Amess. I will not replicate my colleagues’ remarks about the report, but it will not surprise Members to hear […]

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Celebrating the Common Good

Celebrating the Common Good

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Local

On Monday I witnessed the Queen’s Baton Relay pass through my constituency, with people lining the streets to celebrate the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.  The streets of Airdrie, Holytown and Newmains were buzzing with excitement as local people were given the opportunity to carry the baton through their community. I was particularly proud to […]

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Passport Crisis

Passport Crisis

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General, Parliamentary

Over recent weeks my constituency office has been contacted by a large number of constituents, desperate that their holiday departure is rapidly approaching but that they have not yet received their passports.  In almost all cases, these people have sent their passport application off well outside the minimum recommended period for passport turnaround. It is […]

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Fighting Food Poverty @Home

Fighting Food Poverty @Home

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Local

Today I visited a group of young mothers in Airdrie who are taking action to tackle food poverty by running a food co-op in the @Home Centre. The Food Co-op is open every Wednesday between 10am and 12pm and offers a range of food at very reasonable prices. The co-op also provides the young women […]

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Carclo

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General

Press release issued today: Local MP has called on Harthill based plastics company Carclo to provide a ‘better than minimum’ redundancy package to workers. Her request came during a discussion with the company’s UK General Manager Patrick Ward and Chief Executive Chris Malley. The company recently announced that it would be closing it’s Harthill plant […]

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European Elections

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General

The weekend’s results from the European Elections has provoked much more debate than it has resolved, particularly here in Scotland where shock has been expressed at UKIP winning a seat from the Lib Dems. Why are people surprised? Much has been said that alienation from politics has led to some people voting UKIP, or indeed […]

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Consultation Response – Taylor High – Our Lady’s High – Bothwellpark High Proposal

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General, Local

Below is a copy of my response to the consultation on the proposed merger of Taylor High School, Our Lady’s High School and new Bothwellpark High: As the MP for Airdrie and Shotts constituency, which includes Holytown and Newarthill, I would like to add my submission to the consultation on the proposals by North Lanarkshire […]

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John Smith

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Local

Twenty years ago today I was sitting on the floor of the main hall of my school, wondering why we had been called to an emergency assembly. Our teachers came into the hall, most of them crying. This was disconcerting, seeing these strong women reduced to tears and I knew immediately something terrible had happened. […]

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The Impact of the Bedroom Tax in Scotland

The Impact of the Bedroom Tax in Scotland

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Parliamentary

Below is a copy of my speech made yesterday (Thursday 8th May) during a Westminster Hall debate on The impact of the Bedroom Tax in Scotland: Interim Report, Fourth Report from the Scottish Affairs Committee It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bone. It is good for Scottish Members of Parliament to […]

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