June 26-June 30

Monday: I launched the Gender Pay Gap Report along with some of my colleagues from the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee. We were proud to be alongside women firefighters at Scottish Fire and Rescue HQ in Cambuslang.

The gender pay gap is a very real issue, and this report offers a lot of good recommendations for Scotland to address it. Scotland truly can become a world leader in reducing the gender pay gap, and I look forward to working with the government and my colleagues in Parliament to see these recommendations move forward. Read the full report here. Below is a helpful infographic that explains some of the committee’s recommendations.

On Monday I also held three surgeries across the constituency. A reminder that during the upcoming summer recess, constituency surgeries will be different than the regular scheduled times. As such, please call the constituency office at 0131 659 4707 to double check on times.

Tuesday:
I attended an Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee meeting where we discussed Scotland’s draft energy plan and the committee’s work programme going forward.
While in committee, my staff added my name and theirs in a show of support for CHAS’ (Children’s Hospices Across Scotland) #KeepTheJoyAlive campaign. The multitude of colourful names will be used to form a showcase display for an event later in the year. CHAS provides the only hospice services in Scotland for children and young people who have life-shortening conditions for which there is no known cure.

Wednesday:
During a Finance Committee meeting we took evidence on Brexit’s implications for Scotland. We heard testimony from: Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe; Ian Mitchell, Head of External Relations, and Gerald Byrne, Team Leader, Constitutional Policy, Scottish Government.

Thursday:
 The National Autistic Society Scotland was at Parliament helping MSPs learn how to help constituents with autism and make Scotland more autism-friendly. Earlier that morning I also met with a constituent, Huma Barrie, who is the mother of a son with autism. She and other parents of children with disabilities are organising an event to share and offer support for other families experiencing autism in Edinburgh. She has met with other Edinburgh MSPs who are also helping to support the cause.
Friday: Parliament officially recessed and will return on 3 September.
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