The Forthcoming General Election

After much reflection, I have decided with sadness not to seek re-election at the forthcoming general election.  I have copied below my letter to the local Party Chairman, which sets out my thoughts, and will continue to work for the constituents of Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock until the election.  I

Science and Technology Committee Report on Clean Growth

I have served on the Science and Technology Committee since I first came to Parliament, and its work has been fascinating and always especially pertinent to current issues.  The environment, 5G, genomics and drones have all been discussed this year (amongst other things - we have sat for 37 sessi

UK Shared Prosperity Fund

I spoke earlier in the debate on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, asking the Minister to ensure that the Fund "will be flexible enough to take account of the diverse needs of my constituency, with its many struggling rural ex-mining communities that bear the legacy of a harsh industrial past, as we

Debate on Preparations for Leaving the EU

Earlier today, I asked a question of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, who is responsible for preparations for our departure from the European Union.  As the UK prepares to leave the EU, I sincerely hope with a deal (and see my wider thoughts on that here), I k

AbilityNet Technology Support

It was a great pleasure to meet with one of AbilityNet's local volunteers today, who outlined the work they do in supporting anyone over the age of 55, or those with a disability or medical condition of any age, with technology advice and support at home.  AbilityNet can also offer free training

Workplace Deaths in Scotland

I spoke today in the debate on workplace deaths in Scotland.  There is cross-party concern at the sad increase in deaths this year.  The Minister acknowledged this, going on to say that:

Defence Spending

I spoke today in the debate on defence spending.  As is often the case, we had to cut short our contributions from seven minutes to three, such are the time pressures on debate, but I hope I was able to make my point clear – we spend a great deal on our Armed Forces, but when we still hear of poo

Cabinet Office Questions

I was reassured today to hear the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Mr David Lidington, confirm that the UK Government has anticipated and is prepared for potential devolution consequences of Brexit.   Mr Lidington explained at Cabinet Office Questions that “there has been good co-operation on fra

Future Retail Strategy

This afternoon, I spoke in support of high streets and village shops in the debate on the future of retail strategy proposed by Liz Twist MP.  Various measures have been enacted to support small retailers against the steady onslaught of internet shopping, but I believe more needs to be done and I