Speeches in Parliament

Scottish Questions

At Scottish Questions today I asked the Secretary of State what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart for Defence on the welfare of Scottish veterans.

Transport for Towns

I spoke today in the Transport for Towns debate in Westminster Hall, in which I stressed to the Minister that "it is important that we invest in affordable, functional and durable transport infrastructure that enhances the ability of our constituents to journey safely within and between our towns

Communities: Charities and Volunteers Debate

I have been fortunate lately to benefit from a number of opportunities to highlight the good work done by volunteers in Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock and it was a pleasure to be able to do so again in this evening's debate on connecting communities by supporting charities and volunteers.

Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme

I spoke today in the debate on the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme, highlighting the positive relationships I have seen in Ayrshire between the growers and pickers of vegetables.

Devolution and Local Authorities

This morning I asked a question of the Minister for the Cabinet Office on devolution of power to local authorities, which I believe are best-placed to deliver local services.  In my supplementary question I asked if the Minister would agree that approach is a positive one, which the Minister was

Sport in the UK Debate

I spoke this evening in the general debate on Sport in the UK, highlighting the vast range of sporting events held each year in Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock and the value these bring to the community, not least the events organised by Ayr Racecourse on behalf of local charities.

World Cancer Day Debate

It was a great privilege today to speak in the debate secured by John Lamont MP on World Cancer Day.

Fire Safety

I asked a question today regarding fire safety in residential buildings.  Given my years in the fire service, I am always keen to ensure lessons are learnt where possible and I was pleased to hear the Minister confirm that work is ongoing to improve standards where possible, in particular with re

Brexit and Confidence in the Prime Minister

I spoke this evening in the debate on the motion of no confidence tabled by the Leader of the Opposition. This is a time of enormous uncertainty and unease nationally, and a general election at this stage would be the very last thing we need.

Further debate on the EU Withdrawal Act

This afternoon I intervened in the continuation of the debate on the EU Withdrawal Act. I had hoped to deliver a speech but time would not permit.