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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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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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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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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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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Christmas Message

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2014 has been a huge year for Scotland, as well as voting to remain in the UK the eyes of the world has been upon us as we hosted the Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup, the MTV Europe Music Awards, and most recently the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony.  Like me, you will […]

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Shale Gas Extraction

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General, Parliamentary

Several constituents have contacted me recently concerned about shale gas extraction, otherwise known as fracking, as it is included in the Infrastructure Bill progressing through Parliament.  Contrary to recent claims, I voted with Labour colleagues to stop the progress of this Bill as it does not ensure that fracking could only happen in the context […]

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Visit to Calderhead High

Visit to Calderhead High

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This morning I visited Calderhead High School’s S4 Modern Studies class.  It was a pleasure to take questions and listen to the views of a very well informed group of young people.  We discussed issues including youth unemployment, votes at 16, House of Lords reform, local low pay and the work of Select Committees.

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Stop the East Coast Rail Sell-Off

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General, Parliamentary

Labour has launched a last-ditch effort to stop the controversial sell-off of the East Coast rail route Labour’s shadow transport secretary Michael Dugher has written to the top civil servant at the Department for Transport urging him to intervene during the 30-day period before the contract is formally signed. Just last week the state-run line, which has generated a […]

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Need for Access to HIV Medicines

Need for Access to HIV Medicines

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General, Parliamentary

Access Denied is the result of our All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) spending much of 2014 conducting an inquiry; gathering written and oral evidence from the expertise of a wide range of organisations and individuals across the world, including in the UK and during our invaluable visits to South Africa and India. It has been […]

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