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

Churchill Fellowship

I have been asked by Jeremy Soames, grandson of Sir Winston Churchill and Chairman of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, to bring to your attention the Churchill Fellowship.  Founded as a memorial to Sir Winston in 1965, the fellowship "supports UK citizens from all backgrounds to travel the w

Puffin Habitats

This afternoon, I took part in the debate on puffin habitats.  I spoke predominantly of the colony on Ailsa Craig, its history and protection and the boat tours that are organised to view it, in spite of a bit of light-hearted competition from the Member for Falkirk, John McNally, who felt that a

Debate on Living with Dementia

Today, I spoke in the debate on living with dementia, highlighting the plight of not just those who live with the condition themselves but their carers and families.


Unsustainable Plastic Packaging

I spoke today in the debate on unsustainable packaging.  This was one of those brought about by the e-petition process and the subject couldn’t be more pertinent.  Indeed, as I outlined in my speech, the dangers of plastics are clearly being recognised by the younger generation too: 

Debate on the Implementation of the Cox Report

I spoke this afternoon in the debate on the implementation of the report by Dame Laura Cox into the bullying and harassment of House of Commons staff.  Dame Laura’s report recommended three steps to improving the situation, one of which (the introduction of the independent complaints and grievanc

Recall of Tumble Dryers

Earlier today, I made an intervention in the debate following an Urgent Question raised in regard to the Government’s decision to insist on a recall of 500,000 unsafe tumble dryers manufactured by Whirlpool UK.  As a former Fire Officer, I have seen the damage done by faulty white goods on homes