Scotland Needs Better Buses

Below is a copy of my speech to the Scottish Labour Party Conference on Sunday 4th March 2012. If you would like to join the campaign to improve Scotland’s bus services, then please join the Facebook page Scotland Needs Better Buses. Conference, bus services in Scotland are failing our communities. The free-market, competition-based approached to […]


I am pleased that the Labour in North Lanarkshire has pledged to help 5,000 people back into work over the next 3 years. Labour was born from the struggle to improve the rights of working class people. My Party’s aim has always been to fight for the disadvantaged in our society. Labour in North Lanarkshire […]

Fuel Poverty

This morning I joined members of the Airdrie & Villages Community Forum, The Voice of Experience Group and Airdrie residents for a seminar on fuel poverty. There were speakers from the DWP, NLC Benefit Advice Services and the Energy Efficiency section. There was an informative speech from Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and […]

Problems in Staffa Drive

It has become clear recently that there is a problem with school pupils from Caldervale gathering at locations on Staffa Drive.¬† This is having a detrimental impact on local residents, especially as a result of the litter left behind by this group. I have been in contact with the Head Teacher at Caldervale and also […]

Gritting in Chapelhall

I have been working alongside a local resident recently to fight for the inclusion of Lammermuir Way, Dalbeattie Braes and Dundrennan Drive on the Council’s gritting route.¬†During severe ice and snow condidions, many people find it impossible to get up the steep road leading out of the estate. I am pleased to say that we […]

A night in Chapelhall

Tonight I joined some of Chapelhall’s senior citizens, including my mother-in-law and father-in-law, John and Theresa at a Christmas meal. I am invited to this dinner every year and each year I am heartened by the warmth and friendship that is evident. Villages such as Chapelhall (and Salsburgh – where some of the members hail […]

Singing in the snow

Today I went along to listen to my son Jack and the other members of the Petersburn Primary School Choir singing in the St Enoch’s Centre in Glasgow. I was joined by quite a sizeable group of equally proud parents as our children sung their wee hearts out. Following on from last week’s Christmas Fair […]

Fighting for pensions

It was great to see such a strong turnout for today’s rally in Motherwell and I know that picket lines at both Monklands and Wishaw General Hospitals were also well supported. Drivers passing by picket lines made it clear that there is a strong level of support in North Lanarkshire for the strike to protect […]

Petersburn Primary Christmas Fayre

Yesterday I attended the Petersburn Primary Christmas Fayre. As ever this event was very busy and I am sure that, by the time the money is counted on Monday, it will have raised a significant amount of money for the school. Over recent days there has been some criticism of workers in the public sector […]

Wheelchair Curling – Local Success

Don’t have much time to post today – selections meetings are tonight. However, I thought I would post this press release from my friend and Craigneuk resident, Eddie Fleming. Eddie has become very involved in wheelchair curling, even taking it to some of our local primary schools. I was pleased to see that he has […]