Category Archives: Local Issues

The Warm Home Discount

You may still be eligible for The Warm Home Discount for this winter, if you think you could be eligible you should apply as soon as possible. The Warm Home Discount is a scheme which allows some energy (Gas or Electric) customers a rebate of … Continue reading

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Ramblers Scotland – celebrating recreational walking

I recently attended a reception in the parliament to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. I was joined with representatives from Ramblers Scotland. Ramblers is an organisation which protect the places for people to walk … Continue reading

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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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Peebles CAN open community garden yurt

Peebles CAN (Community Action Network) is a not-for-profit community based organisation that works towards building community resilience and sustainability.  Their objective is to work creatively with all sectors of the community, with a particular focus on developing self-sustaining projects that … 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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Step Change Debt Charity

I met with Step Change Debt Charity whilst they had a stall in the Scottish Parliament last week. It was interesting to see the figures from the past few years for the individual constituencies in the region I represent. A … Continue reading

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Last week, along with my colleague Colin Smyth MSP, I was delighted to visit a new and exciting business in Dumfries and Galloway, MacRebur, so they could tell us how the plan to transform our roads with plastic bottles. The … Continue reading

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Lockhart Hospital must be protected

NHS Lanarkshire has recently announced that the Lockhart Hospital in Lanark will not be taking in any new patients. Due to staff recruitment issues and the complexities of General Practice both locally and nationally, medical cover provided by local GP … Continue reading

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NFUS Hustings – rural issues this election

I was delighted to take part in the NFUS Forth and Clyde hustings last week. I am determined to raise awareness of and tackle the challenges of rural Scotland, both as I live in the heart of rural Clydesdale and … Continue reading

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Whisper from the horse’s mouth?

On the Lang-whang, travelling on Saturday morning toward my party’s campaign conference in Slateford, I was  waved to a halt by a distressed woman. Ahead I saw that the hazard was a horse, loose and running on the road, where dangerous bends made … Continue reading

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