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Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. Every year in Scotland nearly 4000 people are diagnosed with bowel Cancer and 1500 people die each year of it. Bowel Cancer UK are encouraging people who are 50+ to take their test when … Continue reading

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Holyrood Dog of the Year!

I am very excited to have the opportunity on the 8th of May to take part in Holyrood Dog of the Year competition, organised by The Kennel Club and The Dogs Trust. I will be joined by my beloved dog … Continue reading

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Cycling will reduce heart disease

A five-year study, based in Glasgow and published in the British Medical Journal surveyed 250,000 UK commuters showed cycling and walking had benefits to your likely hood of cancer and heart disease over sitting on public transport or taking the … Continue reading

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Fracking Ban Update

Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit to my consultation on my proposal to ban “fracking”. The results of my public consultation have now been processed, and 87% of the 1067 respondents were in favour of a … Continue reading

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Working poverty hits its highest level since devolution

Shocking failure from the Scottish Government – working poverty in Scotland is at its highest level since devolution. Since 2007 the number of households in poverty where at least one adult works has increased by 150,000 to 420,000. That’s a … Continue reading

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Borders Care Voice Annual Meeting

Annually I am asked to attend the Borders Care Voice carers forum to meet with carers and members of the organisation to answer any questions they may have. As always it was a pleasure to attend this year on Monday … Continue reading

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Tesco Bags of Help Scheme

Tesco has recently been in touch to ask me to let people in the Clydesdale area know that they are looking for applications for their Bags of Help scheme. This scheme, in conjunction with Greenspace Scotland, uses the 5p bag … Continue reading

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Marie Curie Collection.

This morning, alongside Councillor Lynsey Hamilton I was delighted to take part in a collection in Tesco Carluke for Marie Curie. The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign and they are asking people to simply give … Continue reading

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Big Garden Bird Watch Results.

As you may remember a few months ago I did a blog on the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. I am delighted to see that the results are now in and have been published on the RSPB website. This year I … Continue reading

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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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