Christmas Message

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General

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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Local

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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Thanks to our Postal Workers

Thanks to our Postal Workers

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General

Last week I visited some of the Post Office workers who serve our communities. As you can imagine, this is a hectic time of the year for them and I am very grateful that they took some time to meet me and show me how busy their sorting rooms are right now. These post men […]

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Helping Young People Gain Work Experience

Helping Young People Gain Work Experience

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Local

I am delighted to have now launched my new initiative, Our Community, which aims to secure work experience placements to the young unemployed people in my constituency with local employers. Despite unemployment figures going down, we still have over 7000 people across North Lanarkshire unemployed, and at least 465 young people (age 18-24) in my […]

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Rock the House

Rock the House

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Parliamentary

The call is out for local artists to enter Parliament’s two largest creative competitions, Rock the House and Film the House. My colleague Mike Weatherley MP founded the annual competitions which offer the opportunity to put local musicians and film-makers in direct contact with the movers and shakers of the two industries. The competition is […]

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Equal Pay

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General

In the week of Equal Pay Day new figures reveal women in Scotland earn £2.26 less per hour than men. Equal Pay Day – the day women effectively start working for free because they are still paid less than men fell on 4 November this year, 3 days earlier than in 2013 because of the […]

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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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