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Britain remains an open and tolerant nation

My thoughts are with those affected by the dreadful events, and I thank the police and emergency services for their bravery. After the horrible attack outside Westminster this week, our message to terrorists must be that Britain remains an open and … Continue reading

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The Dogs Trust

I recently attended an event in Parliament hosted by the Dogs Trust. The announcement by the Scottish Government on the use of electric pulse, sonic and spray collars being prohibited was widely discussed. The Scottish Government has announced that instead … Continue reading

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Together we’re stronger

Scottish Labour  believe we are stronger together.  My party will vote against a second independence referendum. We are divided enough – we will fight for a stronger Scotland inside a reformed UK, with jobs and opportunities for all. If you agree, sign … Continue reading

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Free safety device could help keep vulnerable people gas safe in their own home.

The locking cooker device is a valve that can be turned off by carers and family members to stop the cooker being used unsupervised. This means that in some cases vulnerable people are able to continue to use their gas cooker … Continue reading

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Climate Change Plan – Key Recommendations

I sit on the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, and we have been one of the four committees scrutinising the draft Climate Change Plan. Here are some of the key points the committee have highlighted: ·        The Scottish … Continue reading

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Apprenticeship week

As you may already know this week marks Scottish Apprenticeship week. Every year in March, Skill Development Scotland, along with a number of other organisations use this week to highlight the benefits that come from having an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships offer … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day

Today, the 8th of March, marks International Women’s Day throughout the world. Over the years this day has been a very important catalyst in driving forward the agenda for gender parity and it is well known and marked throughout the … Continue reading

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Fairtrade Fortnight

Every year at this time I celebrate Fairtrade fortnight, whether it is holding coffee mornings or going on visits to meet Fairtrade farmers who have come over to Scotland to tell their story, my celebrations are always wide and varied. … Continue reading

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Ending the gender pay gap matters

  The Scottish Parliament’s inquiry, by the Economy, Job and Fair Work Committee, into the gender pay gap in Scotland is asking for your contribution. As part of their evidence taking the Committee is asking everyone to submit a selfie … Continue reading

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Eating Disorder Week

This week has been Eating Disorder Week, time to work to raise awareness of serious mental illnesses that can cause someone to change their eating habits and behaviours.   2017’s theme is early intervention – highlighting the importance of getting people into … Continue reading

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