Archive | April 2012

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Latest newsletter out now!

April newsletter I am glad to say that my latest newsletter is now published! Topics include the impending council elections, and the Holocaust Educational Trust reception I recently hosted in the Scottish Parliament’s Garden Lobby. As ever, it also includes full contact details and information about my monthly surgeries. The newsletter is also available, alongside […]

Dishonest SNP leaflets must not go unchecked

I was extremely disappointed by leaflets produced by an SNP Council candidate for Plains in North Lanarkshire. The leaflets state that Alex Neil, Airdrie and Shotts MSP and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment, has “secured funding [through the recently announced rail improvement fund]…to construct a station at Plains”. This statement is premature to say […]

Endemic youth unemployment a real threat

I was very concerned at recent figures revealing a massive rise in the levels of long term youth unemployment over the past 4 years. Figures compiled by the STUC show that the incidence of 16-24 year-olds claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance escalated by over 1000% between March 2008 and March 2012, a rise in excess of that […]

Holocaust Educational Trust parliamentary reception

I had the great honour and privilege to host the Holocaust Educational Trust’s first reception in the Scottish Parliament. The Holocaust Educational Trust was founded in 1988, and played a central role in the establishing of Holocaust Memorial Day, in 2001. In 1999 it set up Lessons from Auschwitz, a highly successful educational programme which has […]

Cut to bus grant could harm local services

Over the past few weeks, I have been struck by the number of constituents, in Central Scotland and elsewhere, who have expressed real concern about the provision of bus services within local communities. Studies have shown that bus journey’s account for approximately 85% of all public transport journeys taken in Scotland, and that access to local bus […]

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