Category Archives: Equal Opportunities

Proposed Closure of RBS Branches

I have started a Petition calling for a halt to the proposed Closure of RBS branches in Clydesdale, Scottish Borders and Midlothian South at Biggar, Carnwath, Douglas, Duns, Eyemouth, Hawick, Jedburgh, Lesmahagow, Melrose, North Berwick, Penicuik, Selkirk and Strathaven. The … Continue reading

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Borders Rail

Every year, around about January, I have the pleasure of attending the Borders Care Voice Annual Forum for carers. This gives carers in the Borders the opportunity to raise a number of different issues with their representatives face to face. … Continue reading

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Failure to tackle fuel poverty

The number of people experiencing fuel poverty has increased since 2011 and it is not acceptable.   Rural off-grid fuel poverty is a particular challenge to be addressed. Adding to this, recent figures from StepChange Debt charity reveal that amongst their … Continue reading

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National Deaf Children’s Society – getting it right from the start

Representatives from the National Deaf Children’s Society were in the Parliament recently to publicise and raise awareness of their report – Getting It Right from the Start. I was asked to explain to Joanne O’Donnell, from the Society, which picture … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Vigil for Orlando Victims

Last night I joined many others at the Edinburgh Vigil for Orlando Pulse victims.   The rain did not deter the city from showing unity and love!

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LGBT History Month

February is Scotland’s LGBT History Month; a chance to celebrate the lives and culture of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. Over the next few weeks groups across the country will be hosting events and celebrations, as well as … Continue reading

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Achieving Women’s Equality discussion event

Throughout my whole life women’s equality has been an issue that I have been particularly passionate about and fought hard to achieve. Unfortunately even 100 years after women first got the vote we are still having to fight hard for … Continue reading

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Rural Affairs committee to quiz Ministers on Land Reform in Dumfries

  Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Richard Lochhead and his deputy Dr Aileen Mcleod will be quizzed by members of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs Committee on Monday (2nd November) when they will be holding a special session of … Continue reading

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See Me’s South East Search

See Me, Scotland’s national campaign to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination has launched a Community Champions programme in South East Scotland. The charity is looking for people with personal experience of mental health conditions to act as Community Champions … Continue reading

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Equal Opportunities Update

It was excellent to hear last week that Scotland has been rated the best country in Europe on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) legal equality, as published in the ILGA-Europe’s annual review. I was happy to add my … Continue reading

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