Category Archives: Constituency

#FoodOnPlates Campaign by FareShare


Kenny MacAskill backs campaign to end scandal of unsold food being wasted, instead of donated to charities feeding hungry people  One in 8 people in the UK struggles to afford food, yet more than a quarter of all the food grown in the UK is never eaten. France – which offers tax breaks for businesses redistributes 6x more fresh unsold food… Read more »



East Lothian MP Kenny MacAskill is seeking assurance that work he says is needed to upgrade the busy A1 road will not be blocked by the SNP’s Holyrood deal with the Greens. The former Justice Secretary has written to his ex-colleague, Transport Secretary Michael Matheson, asking him to confirm that vital road infrastructure projects will not be impacted by the… Read more »

East Lothian Courier – 20 August 2021


The Council’s preparing a poverty plan and they’re right to do so, as many are facing hard times. It’s not coming about because of coronavirus but due to political choices. Matters have been exacerbated by coronavirus, but the trajectory had ongoing for years. The rich have been getting richer and the poor have been suffering. As a 60s child I… Read more »

East Lothian Courier – 9 August 2021


Boris Johnson’s pit closure comments last week were crass, distasteful and a distortion of history. East Lothian communities were shattered by the brutality of Thatcher’s war on the miners and many have never recovered. Where there had been employment and pride, came unemployment and despair, along with social problems like drugs and alcohol. Remember the Tories planned and prepared for… Read more »

East Lothian Courier – 29 July 2021


Parliaments final week before recess was a rerun of what had gone the week before. Then the debate had been about international aid, this time it was on Immigration and Asylum seekers. Once again, the views of Scots and the needs of Scottish society and its economy were ignored. No one was suggesting that immigration laws aren’t required. Every nation… Read more »

East Lothian Courier – 02 July 2021


Football’s coming home all right but not as hoped by some, as it’s the staggering rise in infections that’s winning. It may have been the young lads who travelled and others of all ages who gathered that’s fired it but just what did Governments both sides of the border expect would happen? When youth football was unable to resume for… Read more »

New drop-in vaccination clinics available in East Lothian


The vaccination bus will be in the East Lothian constituency on the following dates: Monday 12 July – The Bleachingfield, Dunbar, 11am until 7pm Tuesday, 13 July – Tesco Car Park, Olivebank Road, Musselburgh 11am until 7pm More information can be found at Drop-in vaccination clinics | East Lothian Council

Information for constituents who are BT customers.


There’s a new BT Home Essentials service now up and running. This plan is a reliable and affordable way for those who receive support (like Universal Credit/Pension Credit) to be able to stay connected and have a low-cost broadband and phone package. Full details of the plan attached.    

Mobile Testing Unit: Haddington


In recent months, mobile COVID-19 testing units have been deployed to various locations around East Lothian. For the first time, a unit will be based and operating out of part of the John Muir House car park from Monday, 31 May. Demand for car parking in the John Muir House campus has been lower than ‘normal’ Testing will be available… 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 »