Monthly Archives: November 2016

LABOUR DEPUTY LEADER CALLS ON PARTY TO DITCH UNIONIST STANCE

The SNP have welcomed a call from Scottish Labour’s Deputy Leader for his party to ditch their unionist stance. In an interview in the Sunday Herald, Alex Rowley said that he had never considered himself a unionist, and admitted that … Continue reading

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Balfour Declaration

Several SNP MPs participated in the Balfour Declaration debate in Parliament this week. (click here for the transcript in Hansard) Whilst the historical context is complex, we have stressed the need to learn some important and relevant lessons from the … Continue reading

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Sea Bass

Sea bass is an important fishery, particularly to recreational and commercial fishing interests on the West Coast of Scotland. I therefore note with some concern the studies of the ICES which have suggested that bass stocks are continuing to deplete. … Continue reading

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Statement: President-Elect Trump

“Nobody can predict the full impact of the Presidential election just as few predicted a Trump win, but I am concerned about the international economic situation; the US Dollar has a huge impact on other financial markets, and fluctuations will … Continue reading

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Palestinian Women Affected by Breast Cancer

My SNP colleagues and I absolutely support all efforts which encourage the government of Israel to remove any obstacles which may hamper treatment for patients.  I was delighted to see the recent awareness campaign organized by the Aid and Hope … Continue reading

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LONG DELAYS IN DEALING WITH DWP COMPLAINTS IS ‘ DEEPLY TROUBLING’

AN ELEVEN MONTH WAIT IS ‘COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE’      SNP MP Margaret Ferrier has said the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) cannot ‘kick criticisms into the long grass’ following a parliamentary answer she received on the treatment of one of … Continue reading

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SNP CALLS FOR “TELEPHONE TAX” ON DISABLED AND DISADVANTAGED TO BE SCRAPPED

CALLS TO PURSUE PIP CLAIMS COST UP TO 45p A MINUTE The SNP have called on the Prime Minister to scrap the “telephone tax” on social security claimants and for all Department for Work and Pensions numbers to be replaced … Continue reading

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UK Stroke Strategy

A number of people, mostly from outside of the constituency, have contacted me regarding the need for a stroke strategy for the UK. Health is an area of policy devolved to the Scottish Parliament, and this is not an area … Continue reading

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