Category Archives: Constituency

Visiting Headway East Lothian in Musselburgh


It was really great to spend some time yesterday with staff, volunteers, and service users at Headway East Lothian in Musselburgh, a charity that does fantastic work providing information, support and services to people with a brain injury, their families and carers. Headway are active throughout East Lothian, with regular meetings in Dunbar, Haddington and Musselburgh.

Visiting Viridor Energy Recovery Facility


Viridor Dunbar Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) is an energy capture facility, located in one of the old Cement quarries outside Dunbar. I visited them yesterday (14 February) to find out more about what they do. The ERF takes in waste products that cannot be recycled and would normally be put into landfill. It then uses those materials to produce electricity… Read more »

Visiting the Dunbar Cement Works


I was delighted to pay a visit to the Tarmac Dunbar Cement Works today. The Cement Works is a major employer of locals in Dunbar. It was fascinating to see, how the plant works and to speak with management there about the process and how they are responding to local issues in the Dunbar area, national concerns about infrastructure projects… Read more »

Pension credit campaign


I am pleased to support this campaign from the charity Independent Age. The percentage of the population of retirement age in East Lothian is higher than the Scottish average. That means there are a significant number of pensioners in East Lothian who are not getting all the benefits they are entitled to. Pension credit not only tops up your pension… Read more »

Groundbreaking day for safe cycle path linking East Lothian coastal villages


Congratulations to those who have campaigned for this new cycle path. I’m quoted in the piece saying “This is great news. Safe, family-friendly active travel options are essential for both commuters and citizens alike. “This new pathway will be good for the health of local residents and our environment. Campaigners, CALA and local landowners are to be commended for making… Read more »

Outside the George Johnstone Centre


Outside the George Johstone Centre in Tranent after a busy day of surgeries in the west of the Constituency. For information on my future advice surgery dates, please see this page.

East Lothian has some of the lowest levels of PM2.5 Air Pollution in the Country

Bass Rock Sea View Firth Of Forth

I was given an interesting briefing from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) today. Though East Lothian is well placed on air pollution there’s no room for complacency given the effect it has on vulnerable individuals and local hot spots. The briefing made reference to PM2.5 particles, which are tiny particles in the air that reduce visibility and cause the air… Read more »

Deprivation levels on the rise in East Lothian, says new report

Scottish Parliament Building Scotland

I am quoted in the East Lothian Courier today talking about a report into deprivation levels across Scotland that suggests deprivation is rising in East Lothian. This latest report shows the impact of austerity. These aren’t just numbers but individuals and families who are suffering. Poverty is biting and Universal Credit is playing its part in the agony.