Category Archives: Constituency

Happy Hogmanay


This is not where any of us expected to be last year, nor is it where we would wish to be heading into 2021. The continuing story of the power of human innovation in creating vaccines gives us hope that 2021 will be a better year for all across Scotland and around the World. It is up to us all… Read more »

Happy St Andrews Day!


Around this time last year I had the pleasure of attending an event at the home of the Saltire in Athelstaneford in East Lothian. Restrictions do not allow me to be there today, but I look forward to celebrating the soul of our nation once it is safe to do so. The Scottish Flag Trust Trust looks after the Saltire… Read more »

Supporting East Lothian Foodbank’s Jingle Bag Campaign


This year, in order to help make sure everyone has the chance of a proper Christmas Dinner, I am supporting East Lothian Foodbank’s Jingle Bags campaign. The campaign aims to make sure that food bank users have the food available for a proper Christmas dinner. There is a full list of required food items at the Foodbank’s website: My… Read more »

Cruelty Free International Parliamentarian of the Month


I’m delighted to receive this award for Cruelty Free International’s Parliamentarian of the Month, recognising our search for greater information about the way animals are treated in UK laboratories. The public has made it clear it wants an end to the continued high level of animal suffering in UK laboratories. I will continue to use my platform in order to… Read more »

Good News as Conor begins journey back to Scotland


I was very pleased to hear the news that Conor Howard will return to East Lothian following the Greek Court dismissing the extradition against him from Qatar. I’m delighted that the nightmare for him and his family is over, and he is able to come home. It has been fraught and so unnecessary. I was pleased to be advised by… Read more »

Visiting the Glenkinchie Distillery redevelopment


I was delighted to get the chance to visit the new visitor centre at the Glenkinchie Distillery yesterday. The Glenkinchie is a key part of East Lothian’s food and drink industry, as well as our local and international tourism. I was extremely impressed with the new visitor attraction, and even more so by the commitment of Diageo to build on… Read more »

Meeting with Riverside Medical Practice


I met with the medical and administrative staff at the Riverside Medical Practice on 6 October after a large number of complaints from residents in the area relating to the difficulty in getting appointments, especially the 8am booking system. The staff and management team at Riverside were keen to say that they cared greatly about their patients and were worried… Read more »

New moves to stop COVID-19 spread


Tomorrow (9 October) new measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) are to come into effect.  There are specific measures in place for areas in the Central Belt, including the area covered by NHS Lothian, which includes East Lothian. You can find full details at the Scottish Government website. It’s disappointing and hard for many. However, the evidence is… Read more »

EDM: Congratulating Glenkinchie Distillery


I was happy to table the following motion in the House of Commons, congratulating the Glenkinchie on receiving a Green Tourism Gold Award. The motion reads: “That this House congratulates the Glenkinchie Distillery in East Lothian for its receipt of a Green Tourism Gold Award; welcomes the commitment of Diageo to improving the sustainability of its distilleries and attractions; notes… Read more »