Monthly Archives: April 2017


I share your concern regarding neonicotinoid pesticides and the potentially detrimental effects which could be caused to bees, if the current restrictions on these pesticides are lifted.   At present in Scotland, significant restrictions are currently in place regarding the … Continue reading

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Proposed Takeover of Sky

I believe that a free, open and diverse press is vital to a healthy and vibrant democracy.   A takeover bid of this magnitude should always be properly and robustly scrutinised and it is important that this is done in … Continue reading

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Children’s Funeral Fund

My SNP colleagues and I take the issues of funeral costs – and the related problem of funeral poverty – very seriously.The SNP Scottish Government funded the report “Funeral Poverty in Scotland”, published by Citizens’ Advice Scotland in February 2016, … Continue reading

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Independence #ScotRef

I believe the people of Scotland deserve a choice over our future.   In the EU referendum there was a 24-point margin in Scotland for Remain. Despite this, the Scottish Government put forward compromise proposals that would have reluctantly meant … Continue reading

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The Scottish Government has spent nearly £400m since 2013 in an effort to alleviate Tory cuts to household incomes, new figures reveal.   The figures were revealed in response to a parliamentary question by SNP MSP Ruth Maguire, and show … Continue reading

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