April 21-April 28

Monday: We held constituency surgeries at the Ripple Project, SPACE, and Portobello Library. I am always happy to meet with constituents to address issues and talk about solutions.

Tuesday: In the Economy, Fair Jobs, and Work Committee, we continued to discuss the Gender Pay Gap. Later, I was in the chamber for the debate on Child Tax Credit cuts. I think that the working poor should not have to pay for austerity brought about by the financial crash. Read more about the family cap and rape clause here.

After decision time, I took part in a members debate about Earth Hour 2017. It was a great way to reflect on the importance of environmental consciousness and battling climate change. I encourage all my constituents to participate in energy saving measures in their own lives. You can watch my speech here.

Wednesday: In the evening, I held a public meeting to create a forum to discuss issues in regards to the Lochend parking on match days. I appreciate residents coming and sharing. It is an important issue to consider, and you can read more in the Evening News’ article.

Thursday: I am happy to support MS Nurses. NHS Lothian has the second highest MS patient to MS specialist nurse ratio in Scotland and needs two additional MS nurses to achieve a sustainable ratio. FullSizeRender.jpg It was a delight to have Geoff Earl in parliament for tea and FMQs.  If you are interested in attending First Minister Questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office about arranging free tickets.

Friday: I attended a meeting through the Economy, Fair Jobs, and Work Committee to Home Sweet Home, a home-run cleaning agency. It was great to hear about their business and the service it offers.

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