Football Charity Fundraiser

Football Charity Fundraiser

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Local

Last Friday I attended the charity football game organised by Matthew Bryan and Martin Lafferty at the Excelsior Stadium to raise funds for Alzheimer Scotland’s Football Memories Project. Matthew and Martin did this for their friends and family to play in the sponsored football match in memory of their grandfather Edward Hawthorne.  It was North […]

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Stephen Doughty MP Campaigns

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General

On Thursday I will by joined on the campaign trail by my friend and colleague, Stephen Doughty who is the MP for Cardiff South and Penarth. Stephen believes strongly that we are better together and has written a passionate blog on the subject, which can be seen below:   For me, the debate about why […]

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Awards for All

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Awards for All Scotland will be re-opening applications today at 12 noon. The following press release has been sent out and I would encourage local community groups to examine the new application form and submit applications for grant funding. Many local groups have benefited from this funding over the years but it is fair to say […]

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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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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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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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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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