Category Archives: Constituency

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 »

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 »