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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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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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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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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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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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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