May 1, 2020

The ongoing coronavirus crisis is extremely challenging to live through. We can’t see our families and friends, support those who are dying, sick or grieving in the way they need and all aspects of life have been turned upside down. Yet, with the lockdown and social distancing likely to continue for some time to keep us safe, we adapt.

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April 17, 2020

Overcoming Coronavirus is a huge health challenge and the measures we must take to deal with it therefore reflect its magnitude.

As such, earlier this month, the Scottish Parliament unanimously supported new emergency powers to help protect the public, maintain essential services and support the economy during the outbreak.

The Coronavirus (Scotla...

October 23, 2019

Unjustifiably, many women suffering from domestic abuse end up fleeing their homes. While the abusive partner keeps the house, any survivor who is not financially independent – often with children – may lose everything. She is rewarded with her safety alone. It can be incredibly difficult to start a new life and domestic abuse is a major cause o...

June 21, 2019

Food and drink are major contributors to Scotland’s economy, worth around £14 billion each year. Our 18,850 food and drink businesses, employ 115,400 people and the SNP Government will continue to support the sector to expand sustainably and inclusively through its industry-led strategy, Ambition 2030.

Scotland’s food and drink sector has increas...

March 13, 2019

I was disappointed that at North Ayrshire Council’s (NAC) meeting on 13 February, Labour and the Tories backed a motion to support plans for a Glasgow Airport Rail Link as envisaged in the 2014 Glasgow City Deal.

This had just been dismissed by the Glasgow Airport Access Steering Group as it did not contain a strong business case indicating that...

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