Category Archives: Parliament

Active Travel Debate

I was very pleased to contribute to the debate earlier in the week on promoting active travel in Scotland. We all know there are significant health, environmental, and economic gains from getting people to be more active. and the easiest … Continue reading

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More cuts to local services

The Scottish Government announced yesterday that they will cut a further £327 million from local authority budgets next year across Scotland. I am not sure how much more our public services can take.  Local authorities are already under enormous pressure … 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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The EU plays a significant role in facilitating Scotland’s leadership on climate change and energy issues. At the Paris Summit the sense of excitement was palpable, and while it is acknowledged that America and China paved the way for the … 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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Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee visit to Orkney

Last week I joined my colleagues on the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment (RACCE) Committee on a trip to the beautiful isles of Orkney. The trip marked the beginning of the evidence gathering sessions on land reform, in order … Continue reading

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Labour Party Manifesto 2015

This week the Labour Party published its 2015 Manifesto, embedded with the Labour idea that Britain only succeeds when working families succeed. The Manifesto is ambitious yet responsible. After five years of broken Tory promises, Labour has set out an … Continue reading

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See Me seeks volunteers

‘See me’, Scotland’s national campaign to end mental health stigma and discrimination, is seeking 6 volunteer members for a new Advisory Group. The campaign is specifically looking for people with lived experience of mental health problems or experience of caring … Continue reading

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Rethinking Wellbeing

Earlier this month, I sat on a panel for the last of a Rethinking Wellbeing seminar series. The programme was run by Scotland’s Futures Forum, along with SEPA, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Government, and started in September. Entitled ‘Different … Continue reading

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Calls for transparency on lobbying

Earlier this month my colleague Neil Findlay introduced a consultation for a Member’s Bill that will consider the lobbying profession. The consultation is welcoming comments from individuals, organisations and other bodies on the prospect of creating a register that would … Continue reading

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