I’ve had another busy couple of weeks working on behalf of constituents here in Renfrewshire South and at the Scottish Parliament. Last week, along with my usual meetings and committee work, I represented the SNP at the annual ICAS Big Tax Debate in Edinburgh, chaired by STV’s Rona Dougal. Along with my regular surgeries last Friday in Kilbarchan and Brookfield, I also joined my colleague, Gavin Newlands MP, for a street surgery in Linwood.

With Gavin Newlands MP in Linwood

I began this week in the constituency with a visit to St David’s Primary in Johnstone before heading through to Edinburgh on Monday afternoon. 

With St David’s Primary Head Teacher, Mrs Berry

Tuesday opened with DPLR Committee where there was further scrutiny of Brexit related legislation. Later on that day I met with Keep Scotland Beautiful and discussed concerns raised by constituents regarding littering. I’m looking to working with KBS, our local councillors and the wider community on tackling littering in Renfrewshire South. 

Meeting Keep Scotland Beautiful, in the Scottish Parliament

On Wednesday morning I was at Finance and Constitution Committee, which met in private to discuss our draft report on Common Frameworks. In the afternoon I was delighted to co-chair a parliamentary meeting of the Collective Learning Partnership who are celebrating ten years of work bringing employers, employees and trade unions together to deliver continued learning in the workplace. On Wednesday evening, I chaired a meeting of the Cross Party Group on St Andrew’s Day, where we discussed strategies for growing participation in St Andrew’s Day events.

With Mark Pollitt from Collective Learning Partnership

On Thursday, much of my day was taken up working through correspondence and casework  however I took the opportunity to join members from across the Parliament to recognise World Down’s Syndrome Day and I had my odd socks on show!

Marking World Down’s Syndrome Day

On Friday, I had surgeries in Lochwinnoch and Howwood before an afternoon in the constituency office in Johnstone working through correspondence and casework.

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