Tag Archive | South Lanarkshire Council

Council results show real progress…but we must continue to listen and learn

The recent local council results made for good reading for Labour politicians, supporters and activists. It was great to see so much hard work rewarded, and I am pleased that Labour has decisively maintained control in battleground seats such as Glasgow and North Lanarkshire, and retained a substantial controlling presence in South Lanarkshire and Falkirk. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Leave no one behind

On Thursday I spoke in a Scottish Government debate on the Youth Employment Strategy. I was very glad to have the opportunity to speak on what is becoming a crisis issue. The rate of youth unemployment in Scotland has now crept above the UK average, and the problem is especially acute in areas of Central Scotland. […]

Housing Debate

I recently spoke in a debate on housing in the Scottish Parliament. There are currently about 56,000 homeless people in Scotland, 10,000 more than in the mid 1990’s, whilst 36% of homeless households include people under the age of 24. The problem is especially acute in West and Central Scotland: figures for 2009/10 show that, of Scotland’s […]


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