Online Abuse Debate

I was fortunate to be able to speak in the debate this evening on online abuse.  This is an issue on which I have been focused for some time, ever since the NSPCC asked me to host an event here in Parliament to highlight the issue of online harm.  In that case, the event was particularly focused

Russian Annexation of Crimea

I was able to intervene this morning in the debate on the Russian annexation of Crimea, asking whether there were any means by which success of the international sanctions against Russia could be measured.  Sadly, it seems from the evidence available that they have not been totally effective, alt

Debate on Hormone Pregnancy Tests

Earlier today I spoke in the debate on the motion moved by the Member for Bolton South East, Yasmin Qureshi, that "this House has considered the Expert Working Group report on hormone pregnancy tests".

Debate on Plastics Recycling

I spoke today on the importance of reducing plastic waste.  We all have a responsibility to reduce waste where we can and, hopefully, to encourage reduced production of non-recyclable waste where possible.  I know the Environment Secretary is passionate about reducing waste and his department hav

Community and Sub-Post Offices

I was able to raise an intervention this evening in the debate on Community and Sub-Post Offices, something on which I have been contacted several times recently.

Modern Slavery and Victim Support

Modern slavery is every bit as abhorrent as the historical slavery we read about in history books.  We might feel today that such things are behind us as a society but sadly they are not.  I spoke yesterday in the debate on modern slavery.

Westminster Hall Debate on the Insect Population

I was able to ask a short intervention in today's debate on the reduced insect population, raising the possibility of replicating the healthy bees plan and the National Bee Unit for other species of insect in order to ensure ongoing abundance and variety.  As Mr Sobel pointed out in response, "we

Prime Minister's Questions

I was fortunate today to have the opportunity to ask the Prime Minister about improving employment opportunities in Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock (I put in each week for a question, but MPs are only occasionally successful in the ballot - it is very well subscribed!)  Unemployment nationally stands at

Improvements to Disability Assessment Services

I spoke today in the debate on improvements to disability assessment services. I have been concerned, along with many colleagues in the House, that there were issues with the assessment process and a lack of flexibility and common sense.

Modern Farming and the Environment

Under the Agriculture Bill, farmers will receive rewards proportionate to environmental benefits and the sustainability of food production.  Collaborative working on projects will be encouraged where there is a common goal.  I fully appreciate that agriculture is devolved and future policy in Sco