My week began with my surgery event in Grangemouth. My office has been extremely busy with casework enquiries recently and these surgeries provide an excellent opportunity for anyone who has an enquiry to pop along and speak with me. Please remember, my office can always be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Members of the Scottish Parliament deliberated on Stage 3 of the Children (Care & Justice) (Scotland) Bill over Wednesday and Thursday. This is an important Bill to meet the needs of our young children. Alongside attending this debate, I also contributed to some Portfolio Questions throughout the week – you can listen back to my contributions on previous posts.

I met with two key businesses this week. I met with Phoenix Group, who recently undertook a survey into the attitudes towards working, saving and retirement of those over the age of 40. Their study will be useful in my work on the Finance & Public Administration Committee. The Scottish Retail Consortium is the trade association for retailers, and we had some great discussions about boosting economic growth and supporting businesses in Scotland.

I also met with members of the MS community from across Scotland at their MS Awareness Week drop-in event and visited the Scottish Hazards exhibition stall in the Scottish Parliament. It was great to meet with people who are affected by MS and find out more about the challenges they face in their everyday lives.

 

 

 

 
I began my week with a busy day in the constituency, including my evening surgery in Stenhousemuir where I was able to assist a number of constituents with ongoing enquiries. Please watch my FB page for details on upcoming surgeries.
 
Parliament returned from a 2 week recess on Tuesday with my Finance and Public Administration committee taking evidence on the role of Commissioners in Scotland, particularly focusing around proposals to create a commissioner for Learning Disability, Autism and Neurodiversity.
 
This theme continued in Wednesday’s Education and Young People’s committee, where I was also pleased to ask Scotland’s Children & Young People’s Commissioner a number of questions including on their role in protecting children’s rights in light of the Cass review. You can watch this exchange here :
 
Following some enjoyable musical performances outside Parliament earlier in the day, I was delighted to host a round table discussion on behalf of the The European Movement in Scotland whose 'Face the Music' campaign is in direct response to the challenges facing touring musicians as a result of Brexit.
 
 
 
 

 

I will be visiting Stenhousemuir tonight, followed by Grangemouth and Brightons in the coming weeks. I hope to see you there.

 

The Scottish Parliament has been in recess for the last fortnight and will return on Tuesday 16th April.


Over the last two weeks, I have continued to meet with local and Scottish businesses, including those whose viewpoints I can consider in upcoming Bills in the Scottish Parliament. I have also been busy arranging future meetings with constituents and local groups.


Following on from my ‘Meet Your MSP’ event in Bo’ness on 22nd March, I have been finalising preparations for my next surgery in Stenhousemuir on Monday (15 April). Please do pop along if you have an enquiry you wish to raise with me.


Despite the Scottish Parliament being in recess, my team and I have had another busy week assisting constituents with their enquiries and local issues. My team and I also raised two Parliamentary motions this week celebrating local community groups receiving National Lottery Community Funding and Elite Evolution qualifying for the All Star World Event next year.


I am looking forward to the next Parliamentary term beginning next week which will see us up to the summer recess.

 

 

 

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