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

Ayrshire Growth Deal: £240m Funding Secured

I am continuing to work with the Secretary of State for Scotland and local councils on the Ayrshire Growth Deal, and I am delighted to share with you that the UK Government has this week promised £100m to support the twenty-one projects confirmed at our Ayrshire Growth Deal Reception last month. 

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.

A77 Maybole North Gateway to Smithston Resurfacing - Postponed

Update, 1st February 2019: I have received the following update from Scotland TranServ:

Due to adverse weather conditions, it will be necessary to postpone the resurfacing of the A77 between Maybole North Gateway and Smithston.

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