Following last week’s British Islands & Mediterranean Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference at Westminster, I was pleased to return to a busy week of committee and legislative work at Holyrood whilst also progressing a variety of issues within the constituency.

Tuesday’s Finance and Public Administration Committee afforded me an opportunity to ask a number of probing questions in our inquiry into effective Scottish Government decision-making. I chose focus on the themes of transparency and influence around data collection and analysis. You can watch committee proceedings back on the following link.

Wednesday’s Economy and Fair Work Committee was held in private session to consider the evidence found thus far in the inquiry into a Just Transition for the Grangemouth area. This is an enquiry I suggested and is vitally important for the area. Detail on the work of the committee thus far can be found here:

I was also delighted to meet with a variety of organisations in parliament this week, including Water Safety Scotland and hear about the important work they do on drowning prevention. Scroll back to previous posts for a range of safety tips and advice links.

On Thursday, I attended the White Ribbon Scotland conference within parliament, highlighting the crucial role men have to play in the elimination of violence against women and girls. You can find out more about the organisation and their work by following links in previous posts. Please encourage men to sign up to their pledge.

Finally, with this week seeing the start of May and therefore National Walking Month, I was happy to sign up to the Paths for All, Step Count Challenge with members of my office team. Falkirk East has some of the most beautiful path networks in the country and I look forward to taking part and enjoying them in what I hope will be the start of a fine Scottish summer in the weeks to come! 


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