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World Press Freedom Day 2021


Today in Parliament I spoke in Westminster Hall on World Press Freedom Day. A free press is essential for the proper functioning of democracy. We are beginning to see worrying restrictions on the free expression of journalists across Scotland. In my speech I make the argument again for the separation of the role of the Lord Advocate as a Scottish… Read more »

Early Day Motion: East Jerusalem and Gaza


Following the news reports and testimony over the last few days, I tabled the following motion in the Commons: “That this House condemns unreservedly the Israeli brutality in East Jerusalem and Gaza; refutes entirely that there is any equivalence with actions by Palestinian demonstrators or militants; notes that there is no comparison between state orchestrated violence perpetrated by a military… Read more »

Calling for better alcohol labelling


I was pleased to sign this open letter to the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock MP, calling for better labelling requirements for alcoholic drinks. A new poll from YouGov asked the public what legal requirements they would like to see for alcohol labelling. The majority of those asked supported more information being included on labels including: 75% of people want the… Read more »

Free Covid test kits available for anyone without symptoms


The Scottish Government have announced that: “free lateral flow home test kits will be available for pick up without an appointment from many local walk-in or drive-through test sites from 3.30pm each day, or by ordering online or by phone, for people to test themselves twice-weekly.” I would encourage constituents in East Lothian to take up this offer which is… Read more »

Statement on Prime Minister’s communications with the pharmaceutical industry


I was pleased to co-sign this statement calling on Prime Minister, government ministers and senior civil servants to publish all their private communications with pharmaceutical companies and their lobbyists since the start of the pandemic. The full text of the statement reads: “The alleged ease of access that wealthy business people have had directly to the Prime Minister in order to… Read more »

Mobile COVID-19 testing continues across East Lothian


Mobile testing units will continue to operate across East Lothian for another four weeks in a bid to help identify positive cases of COVID-19 in people who are asymptomatic and break chains of transmission. Members of the public who have no symptoms associated with Covid-19, but who may be infectious and spreading the disease without knowing it, are invited to… Read more »

Guidance on benefits rates changes from Age UK


As the benefits rates change from year to year, Age UK have produced an informative guide outlining the most notable changes this year. This includes information on: Increases to the new and basic State Pension, as well as increases to Pension and Savings Credit. Changes to entitlements for council tax support, housing benefit, winter fuel payment, cold weather payment and warm… Read more »

The lockdown anniversary


Today at 12 I held a moment’s silence, along with many across the country. The Pandemic has brought us low as a nation, and yet the resilience and determination to do what is right for those we live amongst has never been stronger. The work of recovery will be hard, and the onus is on us as politicians to work… Read more »

Timetable for further lockdown easing


Yesterday the Scottish Government set out indicative dates for further easing of the lockdown across Scotland. You can read the full announcement at the Scottish Government website here: “Stay at Home regulations will be lifted on 2 April and replaced with guidance to Stay Local, with more services including hairdressers, garden centres and non-essential click and collect services able… Read more »

Launch of mobile testing units in East Lothian’s fight against COVID-19


From East Lothian Council Two mobile Covid-19 asymptomatic testing units are set to be deployed in East Lothian in a bid to help identify positive cases and break chains of transmission. Members of the public who have no symptoms associated with Covid-19, but who may be infectious and spreading the disease without knowing it, can book a test online or telephone 0300 303… Read more »