• Refugee Reunification Bill


    This month a Private Members Bill brought forward by Angus MacNeil MP passed its second reading in Parliament.

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  • British Kebab Awards


    This year Javit’s in Gilmerton were nominated in the Chef of the Year category for this year’s British Kebab Awards. Well done to all the... Read More

  • UCU Strike


    I remain concerned about the changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) proposed by Universities UK in November 2017. Analysis by the actuarial consultancy First... Read More

  • Winton Planning Application


    The long running Winton saga continues. The developers, Miller Homes, have appealed the Council’s latest refusal of permission with the Scottish Government.

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  • Post Offices in Edinburgh South


    Of the nine Post Offices in my constituency, three are currently closed, with Morningside Crown Post Office also under threat.

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  • Open Door - Women's Group


    My annual trip to the Open Door Women’s Group is always an enjoyable occasion.  

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  • South Edinburgh Quakers Annual Meeting


    It was a pleasure to join South Edinburgh Quakers at the Open Door for a discussion on current affairs and politics.

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  • Eastern Ghouta


    The situation is desperate in Eastern Ghouta.  The immediate humanitarian needs are of course paramount, but we also need to think long term and find... Read More

  • Single Use Plastics


    The last few months have seen the important issue of single use plastics become a topic of national debate.

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  • Buckstone Post Office


    Following the resignation of the Postmaster, Buckstone Post Office closed ‘temporarily’ on 28th February.

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  • DIPG - Meeting with Health Minister


    Following a debate which I secured in the House of Commons last November on diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), I arranged for the family... Read More

  • University Strike


    This month university staff in my constituency and across the country are on strike over changes to their terms and conditions, affecting particularly their pension.

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  • Moredun High Rise Flats


    Residents may be aware that there have been issues with a group of youths in the Moredun area in recent months who have been engaging... Read More

  • Brexit: 18 months on


    Since the UK voted to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016 I have been very active in Parliament in an attempt to shape... Read More

  • Child Poverty


    According to analysis by End Child Poverty, 18% of children in Edinburgh South are in poverty.

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  • Malawi APPG


    I was delighted to join the Malawi All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) in Parliament.   

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  • Holocaust Memorial Week

  • Edinburgh Southern CLP Burns Supper


    The annual Edinburgh Labour Burns Supper was, as usual, a roaring success. We were delighted to host Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornbury who delivered... Read More

  • Open Door – Senior Men’s Club

  • Brexit: Update 15


    This update was sent to constituents on Monday 21st January 2018: 

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