Cairnhill Recycling Plant – my objection

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General

Below is a copy of my objection to the planning application for a recycling plant in Cairnhill, Airdrie: I am writing to object to the planning application 15/00366/FUL for a proposed recycling centre on Rochsolloch Road.   It has been raised with me by a number of nearby residents who have concerns that they will be […]

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GP Out of Hours Consultation Response

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General

Below is a copy of my submission to the consultation to the proposals by NHS Lanarkshire to reduce the number of GP Out of Hours Services across Lanarkshire: To whom it may concern I wish to state my objection to the proposals to change the GP Out of Hours Services in Lanarkshire.  The current service […]

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Job Guarantee

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Parliamentary

Below is the speech made on 11 Feb 2015 in the House of Commons on the Compulsory Jobs Guarantee: Thank you for calling me to speak in this important debate, Mr Deputy Speaker. I have to start by saying that I am particularly proud to be a member of the Labour party and the labour […]

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Citizens Advice Bureau Big Energy Saving Week

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General

Energy bills for families have risen by almost £300 since David Cameron became Prime Minister, making it hard for people to make ends meet. Ed Miliband has announced that the next Labour Government will freeze gas and electricity prices until the start of 2017, saving a typical household £120 a year. In light of these […]

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Calderhead Opening

Calderhead Opening

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Local

Last week I attended the official opening of Calderhead High School in Shotts. I also spent some time during the day chatting with some of the pupils and teachers.  They are clearly very proud of their new school and keen to show it off. I was particulary impressed with the new, state-of-the-art gym, the new […]

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Retain Our Out Of Hours Services

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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