Dismay at Hamilton job losses

I was shocked to learn that 133 jobs are to be lost at the Philips Lighting plant in Hamilton following the company’s recent announcement that it will phase out the production of luminaries at the plant. It was extremely disappointing to learn that these jobs will be outsourced to other countries, including France and Poland, […]

Hamilton Town Centre regeneration event

I was delighted to be able to host a town regeneration event along with my Scottish Labour colleague Sarah Boyack, the Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Local Government & Planning, at Hamilton Town House. The event brought together business owners, politicians and local people to discuss regeneration of the town centre. As an MSP, it is […]

Community welfare must be central to new planning policy

I took part in yesterday’s Scottish Parliament debate on the Scottish Government’s plans to renew and update the Scottish Planning Policy. My speech can be read on the Scottish Parliament website, or viewed on the Democracy Live section of the BBC website at 1.29.43. The debate gave me the opportunity to outline some of my […]

Warm experiences in the Heart of Africa

I recently returned from a visit to Malawi, also known as “The Warm Heart of Africa” (as much for the warmth of the hospitality as that of the weather). It was an exhilarating adventure: exciting, enlighening and emotional. I would like to thank Charles Fawcett of the North Lanarkshire Healthy Living Partnership for his encouragement and help in […]

Congratulations to Big Lottery Fund winners

I am delighted that a range of organisations and groups have been awarded funding in the latest round of allocations from the Big Lottery Fund. Amongst those allocated substantial funds under the Investing in Communities programme are the North Lanarkshire based Getting Better Together project, and Larkhall Community Growers in South Lanarkshire. Getting Better Together, based […]

Central Scotland has so much to offer

Last week I spoke in a parliamentary debate on the future of tourism in Scotland. This gave me a welcome opportunity to highlight the wealth of tourist attractions located across Central Scotland. As a Central Scotland MSP, I span three local authority areas, and every single one has a lot to offer. Visitors to (or residents of) […]

Distilling Success

I very much enjoyed my recent visit to Inver House Distillers in Airdrie. Inver House is now owned by International Beveridge ltd, the international arm of the Thai Beveridge Company, and is responsible for the distillation and bottling of all the group’s Scotch Whisky. It sells over 12 million units per year, and exports to […]


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