RBS Meeting in Harthill

RBS Meeting in Harthill

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Local

Today I met with senior representatives of the Royal Bank of Scotland regarding their decision to close the Harthill Branch. I was joined by local man, Willie Griffith, who has organised the petition against the closure and also by local councillors Jim Robertson and Charlie Cefferty. In addition the meeting was attended by MP for Linlithgow […]

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Recognising Palestine

Recognising Palestine

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General, Parliamentary

Yesterday I voted in the House of Commons in support of recognising the state of Palestine at the United Nations. I joined Labour colleagues and vote in favour of the Backbench Motion: That this House believes that the Government should recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel. I am pleased that there […]

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Better Together

Better Together

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General

Yesterday my good friend and colleague, Alison McGovern MP, joined me along with other Labour Party members from Wirral to campaign on the forthcoming referendum. Alison has written a wonderful blog about why, like me, she feels that we are better together as part of the United Kingdom. This is Alison’s blog: The train journey […]

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An Evening with George Galloway

An Evening with George Galloway

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General

Over 140 people turned up to listen to George Galloway at Airdrie Academy on Sunday Evening. I chaired the event, which was part of George’s ‘Just Say Naw’ tour of Scotland. The crowd listened to Mr Galloway make his case for Scotland remaining part of the United Kingdom, with an emphasis on solidarity between the […]

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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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General

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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