I am determined to provide you with the best representation possible both in the Scottish Parliament and also in the constituency.
I sit on two of the most powerful committees in Parliament. The first is the Finance and Public Administration Committee which scrutinises how the Scottish Government is funded, how its funds are dispersed and how you are served by public bodies. The second is the Economy and Fair Work committee, which scrutinises economic policy, its impact on people, and policies which should encourage fair work practices.
I am also a member of a number of cross-party groups (CPG’s) and, as a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, now known as the Royal Conservatoire of Music I convene the CPG for Music.
I am a former MP and was a member of the Business Select Committee. I was the lead interrogator of Sir Philip Green, holding him to account for his disgraceful treatment of the staff at BHS. I performed a similar role in relation to Sports Direct and their treatment of agency workers.
I am not afraid to tackle the powerful in the interest of fairness and justice.
I spent 21 years in corporate companies delivering large IT and business change programmes, and have also run a number of small businesses, one of which conducted research into economic and business issues affecting Scotland.
I am therefore very active in speaking up for business, particularly small and medium sized businesses, in the constituency.
Within Falkirk East constituency I have a dedicated team of support staff who help me ensure that constituents are provided with assistance and support when in need. We have dealt with hundreds of cases since my election last year.
Since a youngster in school, I have been a passionate supporter of Scottish Independence. But I am also passionate about serving all of my constituents regardless of how they voted. You deserve the best, and I am working hard to provide you with the service you deserve.