Loyal Address on HRH Prince of Wales' Seventieth Birthday

As you'll have seen in the news, it's been a busy day here in Parliament!  In spite of everything else happening here today, there was a brief moment earlier for Members to wish HRH the Prince of Wales well on his 70th birthday.  I was delighted to do so on behalf of local residents, and to refer

Finance Bill Debate

I spoke last night on the Finance Bill, the measures announced in the Budget earlier this month.  Whilst I expressed concern on a number of points, not least the timescale for the reduction of Fixed Odd Betting stakes, I am happy to support the measures in this Bill, a number of which I feel will

The Budget Debate

I spoke today in the Budget Debate, highlighting elements of benefit to residents in Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock.  Alas, due to Parliamentary time constraints, my eight minute speech was reduced to three, so I have copied below the original text containing the full detail.  There are some big wins,

Seasonal Workers' Visas

Today, I asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department to give his assurance that any revised immigration policy post-Brexit would protect the needs of the farming and fishing community in Scotland, particularly in relation to seasonal worker visas for fruit pickers and fishermen.

Repatriation of Powers from Brussels after Brexit

I asked a question today about the transfer of powers to Holyrood after Brexit.  Notwithstanding the reference to breakfast (bad day at the office!), the Secretary of State for Scotland promised to use his best endeavours to ensure these powers are repatriated as soon as possible.

Road Safety

I spoke earlier today in the Westminster Hall debate on Road Safety organised by Jack Brereton MP.  It is vital that we work to reduce the number of deaths and serious accidents, and I was pleased to hear the Minister's reassurance on this score.

Universal Credit and Vulnerable Claimants

Today I asked a question of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in relation to vulnerable claimants and Universal Credit.  I asked if there was more that could be done to support local Jobcentres in the valuable work they do helping vulnerable claimants back into work after a difficult p

Scotland's Towns Partnership 'FutureTown' Competition

I have been asked to pass on details of this year's 'FutureTown' competition organised by Scotland's Towns Partnership.  It looks to be a very useful and innovative idea and I would encourage anyone with a proposal to submit it.


Future of the Oil and Gas Industry Debate

I spoke this morning in the Westminster Hall debate on the Future of the Oil and Gas Industry in the UK.  Whilst it is right that we move towards a focus on renewable sources of energy, particularly in light of the recent UN report on climate change, we must also bear in mind the significance of