Category Archives: Constituency

Coronavirus Advice pages and resources


This is a difficult time for many in the constituency. We have put these pages together to provide answers for some the frequently asked questions that come in to my mailbox. This is a fast moving situation and the advice will necesarily need to be updated over time. Every update to these pages will be date stamped so you can… Read more »

Surgeries postponed due to Coronavirus


In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic I have made the regrettable decision to cancel my advice surgeries for the foreseeable future. This is a temporary measure until this situation passes, and rest assured, my office team and I are still on hand to help with your enquiries. You can contact me directly by email: and regular updates will… Read more »

Business Interruption Loans from East Lothian Investments


East Lothian Investments has announced a new Business Interruption Loan scheme to support business at this time. They say: “In light of the Covid -19 pandemic, ELI has implemented a business interruption loan which replaces the previous interest free loan offering.” “Loans can be applied for to a maximum of £5,000, interest free with a holiday repayment period of 4… Read more »

Visiting East Lothian Foodbank


I sat down today for lunch with some volunteers at East Lothian Food Bank in Tranent. It was quite humbling to see the work that goes in to ensuring those in real need are able to feed their families and themselves. There are over 60 volunteers spread across East Lothian who do this vital work for the food bank. They… Read more »

Advice Surgeries – 6 March

Surgeries Information

My next advice surgeries will take place on Friday (6 March) in Musselburgh, Prestonpans, and Tranent. You don’t need an appointment to come along, and the surgeries are open to all constituents. For more information, or to get in touch directly, please email – 6 March Musselburgh – Brunton Hall – 1-1.30pm Prestonpans – Aldhammer House – 2-2.30pm Tranent… Read more »

Visiting Torness Power Station


Fascinating visit to Torness Nuclear Power Station today, meeting management and Union Reps. The power station is an important part of the economy in East Lothian, so it was important to me to get a view of how it fits in, especially regarding alternative energy sources and our transition away from fossil fuels.

Visiting Astrosat in Musselburgh


It was really great to be out visiting Stevenson Astrosat in Musselburgh on Friday. I was extremely impressed at the innovative ways the company is are using satellite data and emerging space technologies to solve significant national and global problems. It’s great to see important work like this being done in our constituency.

Visiting the Scottish Seabird Centre


A pleasure to visit the Scottish Seabird Centre, and Chief Executive Susan Davies yesterday. The Seabird Centre is a major employer in North Berwick and an International tourist attraction. I was particularly interested in the work being done in research and conservation. The East Lothian Coast has a wealth of marine wildlife and the largest colony of Northern Gannets in… Read more »

Visiting Knox Academy to discuss Climate Change


Great to join students at Knox Academy in Haddington as they interviewed me on the specific impacts of the Climate Crisis on East Lothian. We had @KennyMacAskill in to @knoxacademy today to be interviewed on the climate emergency and how East Lothian is being impacted #climatechange #climatecrisis — Knox Academy Library (@KASchoolLibrary) February 20, 2020

Motorhome ‘rip-off’


My column in the East Lothian Courier – 10 February 2020 The county possesses many holiday and caravan parks. Folk from near and far use them and enjoy them immensely. I’ve visited a few and they’re well looked after, bringing jobs and spending power to the communities near them. It’s no longer just caravans static or mobile on site but… Read more »