June 2, 2017

I welcome plans in the SNP Manifesto for a law to protect whistle-blowers in the financial sector who come forward with evidence of misconduct.

During the last parliament, I chaired an All Party Parliamentary Group pursuing justice for 1,500 investors who collectively l...

June 1, 2017

It's SNP MPs who will stand up for families at a time when household incomes are suffering under the Tories. 

The SNP manifesto includes pledges to boost household incomes with a real Living Wage, an end to the freeze on benefits and an end to the two-child cap on Chil...

May 30, 2017

I have been pleased to work on behalf of people behalf of patients and families living with muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular conditions. So, I had no hesitation in signing up to Muscular Dystrophy UK’s ‘Manifesto for Muscle’ containing seven pledges to figh...

May 29, 2017

It’s Dementia Awareness Week. 

One of my priorities after being elected in 2015 was to make sure that the constituency staff team had the opportunity to undergo the excellent training from Alzheimer Scotland to enable us all to be certified as ‘Dementia Friends’. 

Many o...

May 26, 2017

These were the ‘WASPI’ women, fighting against pensions inequality, and a Tory Government that whipped their pensions away, with precious little notice – none at all in some cases I know of.

These women paid in to the system all their lives, and had been told when they...

May 26, 2017

We need action to stop older people facing rip off charges for Directory Enquiries.

An elderly resident of East Renfrewshire was brought to my attention by local people concerned she was not eating and had no means of cooking, but faced massive bills for the use of her...

May 21, 2017

I'm really pleased to have signed up to the National Autistic Society ‘I’m One’ pledge, to show my support for people with Autism.

Last week, I was fortunate to attend the East Renfrewshire ASN Parents Action Group,  speak to parents, including those with autistic child...

May 20, 2017

UK Labour’s manifesto is depressingly unclear on how it will deal with the infamous ‘rape clause’, which came into force this week.

The abhorrent ‘rape clause’, introduced by the Conservative Government, limits the number of children for whom tax credits can be claimed...

May 19, 2017

The Tory manifesto certainly reflects Theresa May’s view that Labour is out of the running in this election, a view shared by Labour’s candidate in East Renfrewshire, who voted against Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour Leadership battle, saying “we cannot win with Jeremy”.


May 17, 2017

This week, I signed the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) general election pledge, which states, “I pledge to support WASPI and to work in Parliament to find a solution for the women affected.” 

If I'm re-elected I will continue to work with my SNP colleagu...

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