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Rohingya Persecution

Last week I joined a demonstration outside the Parliament to protest the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. In recent weeks, more than 310,000 people have fled Myanmar to escape severe and violent discrimination. Myanmar is populated largely by Buddhists, … Continue reading

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RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards – Shortlisting Reception

I was so pleased to host RSPB Scotland in the Parliament this week, as they threw a reception to announce the nominees for the Nature of Scotland Awards. The awards are designed to celebrate excellence, innovation, and outstanding achievement in … Continue reading

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Wanlockhead Community Buyout

I recently went along to a public meeting to hear more about Wanlockhead Community Trust’s draft feasibility study for a community buyout.  The meeting hosted by the Trust and consulting firm, Urban Animation outlined the benefits of community ownership of … Continue reading

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South Lanarkshire Policing Plan 2017-2020

Police Scotland want to know what is important to you in your community. They are looking for your opinion to inform their policing. Having your say in the decision making process of Police Scotland is a vital tool for residents … Continue reading

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Scottish Marine Wildlife Watching Code Relaunched

Scottish Natural Heritage has updated the best practice code for watching marine wildlife watching Scotland. The Scottish Marine Wildlife Watching Code (SMWWC) aims to raise awareness about the best and most enjoyable ways to watch marine wildlife such as dolphins, … Continue reading

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Fair Hospitality

The hospitality sector contributes billions to the Scottish economy every year and yet it’s workers are the lowest paid and least contractually secure in our economy. The median income of workers in the hotels industry, for example, is 50p less … Continue reading

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SNP drag their heels over welfare power transfer to Scotland

The SNP have asked the UK Government to retain welfare powers until 2020. This means 128,000 disabled Scots will have to go through the cruel PIP assessments. The Scottish Government now has wide ranging powers over social security thanks to the … Continue reading

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Carstairs Post Office

The Post Office is looking for your views on changes to Carstairs Post Office. A number of branches are being modernised by the Post Office and one of these is the Carstairs facility in the local McColls shop. They want … Continue reading

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Our Missing Peace

Our Missing Peace is a campaign based in Renfrewshire, which aims to break the silence around child loss while supporting the family members who have been affected by the death. The campaign has supported over 500 families who have suffered … Continue reading

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Plastic pollution in our seas

Greenpeace visited the Scottish Parliament recently to continue their campaign for a Deposit Return Scheme to stop plastic pollution getting into our marine environment. A team from Greenpeace travelled around the Scottish coast in the Beluga II documenting the impact … Continue reading

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