Category Archives: Local Issues

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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MacRebur

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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Lanark/Edinburgh Direct Rail Link

I was delighted to hear that the Lanark Burgh Community Council has decided to pursue a direct rail link between Lanark and Edinburgh.  They are currently galvanising support for this through their facebook page . I would encourage everyone to take … Continue reading

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News – Woodstock Medical Centre – Lanark

As the winter draws in and the weather gets chillier, it can be hard to stay healthy. The Lanark Doctors at the Woodstock Medical Centre have asked me to share their winter newsletter, which provides clear information on how best … Continue reading

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Tackle loneliness with Re-Connect South Lanarkshire

Healthy Valleys is a fantastic community led health initiative working across rural South Lanarkshire that I have always been keen to support. Local community members, voluntary, and public sector agencies work together to promote health and wellbeing, and reduced inequalities … Continue reading

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Our Environment: young people tackling environmental issues

Last week I joined young people from across the country to the event showcasing the winners of the Our Environment 2015 competition. The competition aims to engage young people in tackling environmental problems, and it was a pleasure to see … Continue reading

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