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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.

Ayrshire Growth Deal Reception

I was delighted this evening to bring together Members of Parliament, leaders and chief executives of the three Ayrshire councils and local businesses at the Scotland Office, by courtesy of the Secretary of State.  This was in order to discuss and drive forward progress on the Ayrshire Growth Dea

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.

Ayrshire Growth Deal

After kindly agreeing to my request for an Ayrshire Growth Deal reception, the Secretary of State for Scotland will be hosting this meeting next week.

Response to the Consultation on Drones

I intervened last night in the debate following the Secretary of State for Transport's statement on drones, asking what action his department was taking to prevent the malicious incursion of drones into operational airspace.

Bill Grant

Mental Health Support for Firefighters

I spoke today in the debate on mental health support for firefighters, calling for an increase in appropriate support measures. Firefighters are the finest example of an asset to society.  They serve it on a daily basis, and they must be properly supported.

Update on Pensions Dashboard Proposals

For those who have written to me recently on the proposed Pensions Dashboard, below (and attached in PDF format) is an update from the Minister of State for Pensions.  Most importantly, there is a current consultation, to which I would encourage you to respond, here.

Withdrawal Debate

Last week, I put in to speak in what would have been the fourth day of the Withdrawal Debate today. Sadly, as a result of urgent changes to Parliamentary business concerning the vote tomorrow this debate has been curtailed.