How can Big Lottery Fund best help communities and people most in need? Have your say.

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From now until July the Big Lottery are inviting people to add their voice to a UK-wide conversation to help answer the question, ‘How can Big Lottery Fund best help communities and people most in need? They are asking anyone with a stake in Lottery funding, including grant holders, the voluntary and community sector and the public [...]

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SNP fail to support energy price freeze

SNP fail to support energy price freeze

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General, Parliamentary

On Wed 2 April, the SNP failed to vote for Labour’s energy price freeze in the House of Commons. Through this failure, they have shown whose side they are on – lining up with the big energy companies against the people of Scotland.  It’s clear now that the SNP stand up for energy companies, not [...]

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Financial Ombudsman Services

Financial Ombudsman Services

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General, Local

Today I spent the morning in the Airdrie Tesco with representatives of the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) offering help and assistance to those in dispute with companies within the financial services industry. I must say that there was a lot of interest in the services provided by FOS and a number of people left intending [...]

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Closed Doors at Airdrie Police Station

Closed Doors at Airdrie Police Station

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Last Sunday (23rd March 2014 – 55 years to the day after Airdrie Police Station was opened) I joined local Labour Party members including local Councillors, David Fagan and Andrew Spowart, outside Airdrie Police Station to protest at the doors being closed at 6pm. It is truly shocking that in Airdrie we no longer have [...]

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Let’s tax bank bonuses to fund jobs for young people

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Today I am supporting Labour’s call for a tax on bank bonuses to fund jobs for young people in Airdrie and Shotts. Under Labour’s Compulsory Jobs Guarantee, every young person out of work for more than 12 months will be given a paid starter job which they will have to take up or lose their [...]

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Delayed Discharge Disgrace

Delayed Discharge Disgrace

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Today I am calling on Alex Neil to explain why the number of delayed discharges in Lanarkshire hospitals has doubled under his watch to the highest levels since January 2010. The January figure for 2010, which cover the previous three months, was 51.  The figure for this January is 105, which is the highest number [...]

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Rock the House

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Local, Parliamentary

Today I am calling on local bands to enter the Westminster Parliamentary Battle of the bands, ‘Rock the House’.  I am also encouraging local film makers to enter the ‘Film the House’ competition. For bands, a fantastic range of prizes are available including Festival slots, thousands of pounds worth of music equipment and the chance [...]

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Health Minister must support hard pressed A&E staff

Health Minister must support hard pressed A&E staff

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It is time for the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Alex Neil to take action to support hard pressed A&E workers. The recent publication of A&E waiting time figures across Scotland provide worrying reading. The figures show that Monklands Hospital is behind national waiting times figures and that those meeting the waiting time standard of four [...]

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Meeting Enable Scotland

Meeting Enable Scotland

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Last week I visited the headquarters of Enable Scotland in Eurocentral. Enable Scotland moved into their new office in Eurocentral last year and I was keen to meet with staff and volunteers. Enable Scotland supports people who have learning disabilities and their families to live, work and take part in their communities. I was very [...]

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Lab in a Lorry

Lab in a Lorry

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Recently I donned a lab coat along with pupils from Calderhead High School, when I attended the visit by ‘Lab in a Lorry’. The mobile scientific laboratory is operated by the Institute of Physics in partnership with OPITO, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government, Schlumberger Foundation and STEMNET. Lab in a Lorry is a fantastic [...]

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