Category Archives: Uncategorized

No illegal dredging in our Marine Protected Areas

Last week scallop divers on the west coast of Scotland uncovered evidence of illegal dredge fishing in a designated Special Area of Conservation. This illegal dredging has provoked not only a dramatic setback for the seabed in the Firth of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Leonard Cheshire Scotland reveals number of 15-minute care visits commissioned by Scottish Councils

      Leonard Cheshire Disability Scotland has said. “Over 5,000 Scots are being subjected to the degrading practice of flying visits often referred to as ‘time and task’. At least 5,182 people received personal care visits of 15 minutes or … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Unrest Documentary and ME

  The Award winning and emotionally heart breaking documentary Unrest was recently part of a Parliamentary reception aiming to increase awareness of ME in the Parliament. As I was asked to attend this event by a number of constituents across … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Scottish Parliament debates Bus services

The parliament recently held a debate on Bus services. I am dismayed at the announcement that First Glasgow have increased fares for under 16’s by 40% and over 16’s by 16%. This recent fare hike is a result of the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Budget fails to stop austerity

Last week’s budget announced by the Scottish Government does not do enough to stop Tory austerity and fails to tackle poverty. We know that Local Government budgets need £545 million to stand still yet the proposals passed only deliver £159 … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Borders Buses New Bus App

Borders buses recently launched their new mobile app which allows customers to buy tickets and track bus journeys with the tap of a button. The app hosts a wide range of functions from tracking live bus times, buying tickets, planning journeys, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Culloden Battlefield

I recently met with some of the Culloden Battlefield protesters outside the parliament along with Rhoda Grant MSP A 16 unit housing development is being proposed at Viewhill, just 400 meters from the Battlefield Enclosure. The development was opposed by Highland … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

World Cancer Day 2018

One in two people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. Today (4 February 2018), marks World Cancer Day.  A day to unite in the fight against cancer. Cancer is the biggest killer worldwide but researchers … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Palestinian Firefighters

As the Deputy convenor of the Cross Party on Palestine I was delighted to co-host a delegation of Palestinian firefighters alongside the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and MSPs Ross Greer and Sandra White. In 2015 the FBU were contacted by … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Parliament backs Labour Bill to repeal the Football Act

On Thursday the Parliament voted to back the Bill to repeal the Football Act, introduced by my colleague James Kelly MSP. The Football Act is discredited legislation which has failed to make any progress in tackling sectarianism, while at the same time dividing fans and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment