Universal Credit in Fife


  The UK Government has gone ahead and rolled out Universal Credit in Fife despite all the evidence that it is causing widespread misery for tens of thousands of people across the country. Both the Scottish Government and Fife Council are taking action to mitigate the worst elements of this flawed legislation and changes but […]

Student Support System Broken


  Many organisations and groups have used the lead up to this year’s Scottish Budget being published to highlight the specific issues they would like to see addressed. NUS Scotland have set out their keys issues through a campaign they call ‘Budget for Better’ and they say the current student support system is broken. You […]

Education is Key for Addressing Inequality


  This week we saw a report published by the Social Mobility Commission “State of the Nation 2017: “Social Mobility in Great Britain”. The Commission say Britain is a deeply divided nation. Those divisions take many forms. Class, income, gender, race. In recent years, each has been the subject of much scrutiny. But one form […]

An End to Fracking in Scotland


  I was pleased to join with campaigners from Scotland Against Fracking, the Broad Alliance, WWF Scotland and Friends of the Earth Scotland outside the Scottish Parliament today calling for support from the Parliament to end fracking in Scotland. I supported the Government motion which due to a Labour amendment effectively bans fracking from taking […]

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home


I recently joined with a number of fellow MSP’s and campaigners outside the Scottish Parliament to support Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s campaign calling for five year sentences for animal cruelty offences in Scotland. There is no place for animal cruelty in Scotland. This is why I have regularly stood up against it. I have […]

The National Autistic Society Scotland – Too Much Information Campaign


I was pleased to give my support to the Too Much Information campaign in Parliament this today. In April 2016, The National Autistic Society launched Too Much Information, its biggest ever campaign to increase public understanding of autism. The coinciding report, Too Much Information: why the public needs to understand autism better, revealed that 99.5 […]