It became absolutely clear today that having tried to keep both wings of her party onside, the Prime Minister has in fact alienated both. There seems to be no possibility of her draft agreement with the EU securing a majority in Parliament.
So instead, the article 50 process should be extended to allow a deal that is much better for jobs and the economy - including single market and customs union membership. And if "no deal" is her only alternative, then we should revoke article 50 altogether.
Every day of this shambles makes the case for independence stronger.
While we wait for the Prime Minister to address the media (instead of the House of Commons!), one piece of good news......
The cross-party campaign to reduce FOBT stakes to £2 has had another success. The government has responded to pressure and brought forward the date of the stake reduction to April of 2019, instead of October (an unjustified longer time frame which prompted the resignation of a government minister).
It means more people and families will be spared from the disastrous effects of these very harmful and highly addictive high stakes machines. Well done to all involved.
Good to get along to Money Advice Service's event in Parliament for Talk Money Week today to hear more about how to increase financial wellbeing by encouraging people to discuss personal finance issues such as debt, savings, using credit, financial education and retirement.
Help is available for all of the above and can be effective! For free and impartial money guidance you can call the Money Advice Service on 0800 138 7777 or visit their website: www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk.
And locally money advice is available from different advice organisations.
I was pleased to receive a notification from the Scottish Government's Planning and Environmental Appeals Division today stating that they have rejected Cala Management Ltd's application for 56 homes on the green space adjacent to Kings Way, Westerwood.
Working with Jamie Hepburn MSP I surveyed residents and it would seem from their decision that the Reporter shared the concerns that were raised with us. Many constituents pointed out that this was a well used piece of green space that also acted as a wildlife corridor and the Reporter refers to this.
You can find the link to the full decision document here: http://www.dpea.scotland.gov.uk/Document.aspx?id=562559
I am backing the campaign from Faces & Voices of Recovery UK to say that all people have a right to recover from addiction to alcohol & other drugs. It was great to meet with campaigners from the charity to hear about and sign up to the ‘UK Recovery Declaration of Rights’.
The Declaration calls for action to build communities of recovery that will support those people and their families still needing help and to end discrimination. It pledges that people who currently or formerly used substances should be able to live their lives free from stigma, with access to quality care and with meaningful political representation.
People in recovery have a right to respect and dignity and to be free from stigma & discrimination. For more information visit: http://www.facesandvoicesofrecoveryuk.org/uk-recovery-decl…/
Thank you to Cumbernauld British Legion, Cumbernauld Old Parish Church and Milton of Campsie Community Council for all the thought and hard work put into planning and organising what I thought were very poignant and powerful commemorations for Armistice Day today.
Indeed, thanks to all organisations across Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East for their work in ensuring we remember those who have lost their lives in service, and have the chance to renew our commitment to strive for peace.
Craighead Library is a hugely valued service and I know the proposed closure has caused considerable anger in Milton of Campsie. Libraries have a really important role in terms of promoting reading, providing public information, tackling social isolation and can also be really important in early years education.
With the roll-out of Universal Credit more people are requiring the use of libraries and the computing and internet facilities offered there. This is a short-sighted decision and we need to do all we can to reverse it and keep the library open.
I hope everyone will contact their local councillors and make their views known.
Busy day including taking part at a rally of EU citizens resident in the UK and British citizens resident in other parts of the EU. Their key concern just now is what happens if there is “no deal”. I asked the Immigration Minister about this later in the day during an urgent question in the chamber - but none of the information that EU/UK nationals urgently need was forthcoming.
I have organised two Winter Advice Surgeries this year - the first with Rona Mackay MSP in Hillhead on Friday 16 November (full details in the poster below) and a second with Jamie Hepburn MSP on Friday 30 November (more details to follow).
At both of these events, we will be joined by organisations offering information and advice that will be useful over the winter months.
Always enjoy taking part in the #IPTPoppyRide in Parliament to help raise money for the poppy appeal and awareness for Poppy Legion's #ThankYou100campaign.
All the money raised from the bike ride will help provide lifelong financial, social and emotional support for the Armed Forces community.