Retain Our Out Of Hours Services

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General, Local

The current out of-hours service at Monklands and Wishaw General Hospitals has a high satisfaction rating and is relied upon my constituents. It has been well used since its introduction, especially by parents of young children.  For my family this service has been a real lifeline. Taking away the out-of-hours service from Airdrie and Wishaw […]

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NHS

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Local

The number one issue raised with me on the doorsteps of Airdrie and the villages is the condition of the NHS. There is, of course, great admiration for NHS staff who work tirelessly to keep us safe and healthy under very difficult conditions, but there is also the view that we must be able to […]

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Investment Needed at Monklands

Investment Needed at Monklands

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Local

This week I joined Scottish Labour Leader, Jim Murphy, on a visit to Monklands Hospital.  I would like to pay tribute to the hard working staff that I met there. They are working flat out to provide the best possible service.  Unfortunately they are working in a service which is clearly under resourced, which is […]

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Fracking

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Parliamentary

To be absolutely clear, the Scottish Government has now and has always had full responsibility for planning and environmental permitting, giving them the power to stop all fracking activity in Scotland.   I am calling on the SNP to make a u-turn and support Scottish Labour’s policy to freeze fracking. Scottish Labour has been crystal […]

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Charter of Budget Responsibility

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Parliamentary

Recently Parliament voted to pledge to lower the UK’s debt as a proportion of GDP, balancing the budget in day to day spending. This was called the Charter of Budget Responsibility. Anyone who runs a household budget knows that it is necessary to balance the books. Unfortunately SNP failed to support this pledge, and have […]

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Trident debate

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General

I abhor nuclear weapons, and want the entire world to be rid of them. Earlier this week a debate on the renewal of Trident was held in Parliament which contained impassioned speeches where fellow MPs outlined their opposition to nuclear weapons too. I agreed with much of what was said, but not the argument made […]

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Meeting City Link Workers

Meeting City Link Workers

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Local

Yesterday I met former employees of City Link in Glasgow alongside my colleagues within the Scottish Affairs Committee. 165 people across Scotland were made redundant over the Christmas period, including 27 at the Eurocentral depot in my constituency, after finding out that their employer, City Link, had entered into administration. The Scottish Affairs Committee, of […]

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RBS Let Down People of Harthill

RBS Let Down People of Harthill

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Local

I have been contacted by a number of constituents who are very dissatisfied with the mobile service which has been provided by RBS.  They tell me that only one person is serving and that the bank is not able to provide the most basic services such as information of current bank balances. I wrote to […]

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Have a Happy Christmas

Have a Happy Christmas

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General, Local

It has been fantastic to celebrate the festive season with some of the brilliant senior citizen groups within my constituency. Committees in Newmains, Plains, Caldercruix and many more not only arrange the Christmas Parties, but events throughout the year in order to pay for it.  These people are unsung heroes and are the beating heart […]

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Food Banks

Food Banks

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General, Local

It is hard to believe that in 2014 they is a need for food banks in our communities, yet here we are today. I have listened to the excuses that have come from the Government as to why this unfortunate phenomenon has taken place, and I will not be the only one who was horrified […]

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