I'm backing my @theSNP colleague @EmmaHarperMSP's proposals for a Members' Bill to tackle incidents of dogs attacking livestock, a serious issue which affects farmers in my constituency and right across Scotland. Learn more here: www.emmaharpermsp.scot/livestock-worrying/
A massive well done to the Cumbernauld Colts who are donating a total of £4000 to Glasgow City Mission, Simon Community and Hope for Glasgow. The Club raised the money by doing their #ColtsSleepout event just before Christmas.
The cheques will be handed over tomorrow night, Tuesday 26 February 2019, 7.30pm at Broadwood.
For more information please visit: http://www.cumbernauld-colts.com
I was gifted this hand-crafted green heart from my young constituent, Finlay, who is a member of the Eco-Group at Milton of Campsie Parish Church. They are taking part in The Climate Coalition's#ShowTheLove campaign to highlight the impact of climate change on the people, places and things that they love.
I support a net zero future where we stop contributing to climate change as soon as possible.
Visit www.theclimatecoaltion.org/show-the-love for more information.
Many from the ME community have voiced concerns about health assessors displaying an insufficient understanding of ME and not properly applying the assessment criteria. These factors, combined with tests which often leave a patient exhausted for weeks afterwards, mean that we would like to see assessments become much more accessible and accurate for those with ME.
If you are a constituent and have had such an experience please do let me know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. These cases will be raised with the Minister.
It would be helpful if you used the subject heading “DWP Concerns for people with ME”.
It's time for a better deal for Scotland and its farmers. As part of the Immigration Bill Committee, I heard a range of organisations give their views on the current and future UK immigration system, and the proposal to end free movement. The National Farmer's Union Scotland was one of many organisations championing free movement of people and the benefits it brings, and opposing the Tories' future immigration system, stating that it will not work for farmers in Scotland.
This the case for a range of businesses and industries in Scotland, yet the Scottish Secretary will not argue for a better system for Scotland.
Each local authority in Scotland is obliged to publish a local development plan, setting out their local planning policy and how they earmark certain areas for use in the coming years. North Lanarkshire have published their modified plan and it is now open for consultation and I would encourage people from across Cumbernauld and Kilsyth to take part to let the Council know what they think. The consultation is open until 5th April. Details can be found at the following link:
Very many constituents and millions of people across the UK have been badly hit in the pocket by the UK government's three year freeze to many social security payments - and that was on top of 3 years where increases were restricted to 1%.
Ending the freeze THIS YEAR, instead of next, would see many get a desperately needed boost to their inomes. The UK government has already saved more from the freeze than expected - so it has no excuse for continuing to punish the least well off.
The latest local charity funding round for the People’s Postcode Trust , the Postcode Community Trust and the Postcode Local Trust, is open for applications. These Trusts are funded by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Applications are open until 20 February, to apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000. Full details of how to apply are on the websites for each trust.
The three trusts each have a different focus for the funding:
People’s Postcode Trust - supports projects which focus on the prevention of poverty, promotion of human rights and combatting discrimination. http://www.postcodetrust.org.uk/
Postcode Community Trust – supports projects focussed on improving health and well-being through grassroots sports, reducing isolation, arts and physical recreation. http://www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk/
Postcode Local Trust – supports projects that support green space improvements, increasing access to outdoor spaces, renewable energy and flood prevention. http://www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk/
I started and finished today discussing and hearing concerns about the process the UK government has put in place for our EU friends and colleagues to apply for settled status.
First up was this visit to the Sky News studio. Later I was pleased to chair an event at Parliament hosted by The 3million campaign group and others, where MPs from all parties could hear first hand about the problems EU nationals have faced during the trial phase of the scheme.
I still argue the best way to avoid all these problems is for EU and UK citizens to continue to enjoy free movement rights.
On #WorldCancerDay I stand #ShouldertoShoulderwith Cancer Research UK and researchers worldwide working to beat cancer sooner.
Today I learned that in Cumbernauld, Kilsyth & Kirkintilloch East 51.4% of people aged 50-74 take part in bowel cancer screening, which is below the Scottish average. Screening helps early diagnosis and therefore better outcomes. I know from first hand experience how important early diagnosis is. The new FIT test makes the screening process easier than before - please take advantage!