My upcoming surgeries for October, November and December 2018 are: - Monday 1st October / Monday 5th November / Monday 3rd December - Biggar Gillespie Centre: 10am to 11am - Lanark Tesco: 12pm to 1pm - Carluke Constituency Office: 4:30pm to 6pm - Monday 22nd October / Monday 19th November - Lesmahagow Tesco: 1pm to 2pm - Strathaven Taylors Café: 2:30pm to 3:30pm - Kirkmuirhill Thornton Road Centre: 4pm to 4:45pm All of my surgeries are free to attend with no appointment necessary. Contact my office if you have any questions about my surgeries or if you have an urgent issue on 01555 750 249 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Plans will see diesel and petrol cars and vans phased out.


This year’s SNP Programme for Government will help contribute to a successful and vibrant Clydesdale, driving progress in health, social security, the environment and the economy.

Clydesdale will benefit from ambitious action in a wide range of areas throughout 2018-19, including:

• Empowering head teachers to lead improvements to their schools with more power over their own budgets; developing ways for parents and pupils to ensure their voices are heard in decision-making; giving £10m to schools and councils to work together across regions; continuing to support teacher recruitment; and investing £33 million over three years to help children in care with education.
• A National Export plan ‘A Trading Nation’, backed by £20m, will boost the value of Scottish exports, help Scottish companies succeed in emerging markets, and provide additional help to those considering overseas trade.
• The National Infrastructure Mission, the most ambitious infrastructure spending plans yet, will invest £1.5 billion more infrastructure each year by 2025-26, including for faster broadband, improved transport and more low-carbon energy.
• £250m will be invested to reform the way we treat mental health in children and adults - delivering 430 new school, college and university counsellors, and fast-track specialist treatment systems for those with serious mental illness.
• A new Scottish Social Security System with dignity and respect at its heart will deliver 11 benefits, including the first Best Start Grant payments for low income families with young children by Christmas, 6 months earlier than planned; a 13% increase in the Carers’ Allowance – an extra £442 per person this year – as well as funeral expense assistance.
• New legislation to introduce a Scottish National Investment Bank.
• A major package of reforms in the justice system – with a new support system for victims, witnesses and families of those affected by crime, including a dedicated case worker for families of murder victims, improved information and support about prisoner release, as well as support for engagement between victims and offenders to help the victim and to prevent reoffending.
• £1bn investment a year including funding for low carbon transport solutions and to phase out new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032 – creating at least 20 electric towns across Scotland by 2025; adding 1500 new charge points in homes, businesses, and in public; investing £20 million to help people switch to electric vehicles; adding more than 1500 new ultra low emission vehicles to public sector fleets; and investing £1.7 million to add over 100 green buses.

The SNP’s plan for Scotland signals a major boost for jobs and the economy in Clydesdale, including an additional £7 billion infrastructure investment in schools, hospitals, transport and digital connectivity over the next five years.

With Scottish exports up 12% - the fastest growth in the UK – a £20m National Exports Plan this year will ensure Clydesdale’s businesses, particularly our farming and agricultural sectors, thrive in the face of the Tories’ damaging hard Brexit plans.

Despite Brexit, we will ensure Scotland remains an attractive place to live and work, and provide advice and support for those EU citizens already living in Clydesdale who are dealing with the Tory government’s unfair plans to charge them for the right to live and work here.

And our global climate change ambition will continue to be matched by realistic action, with £1billion funding in low carbon and public transport over the next year.

These bold and ambitious plans for the year ahead are just some of the reasons why the SNP is the second biggest party in the whole of the UK.



There was a lot of activity on the village green at Carstairs on Tuesday 21st August to acknowledge that it is the home of women’s football for the whole of Europe!


90 years ago in carstairs is the first documented account of women playing the game and 390 years later women continue to play, watch and love the beautiful game.


Football legend Rose Riley visited carstairs so too did reps from SWF, including Vivienne McLaren who heads it, and Scotland’s football museum.


As Clydesdale’s MSP, I am thrilled that Carstairs in my constituency is the location of the first recorded Women’s football game in Europe. It is therefore fitting to be welcoming the game ‘home’ as we promote Women’s football and encourage Women and Girls to take up sport.

As a football fan, I am delighted to see Women’s football continue to grow and develop. This is a sport which has an illustrious and very local history, and I congratulate everyone who has helped bring this commemoration together.


Vivienne MacLaren, Chairperson of Scottish Women’s Football said: Scotland has a proud history within the women’s game and we are delighted to acknowledge that women’s football has been present in Scotland for 390 years, far longer than most people would imagine. As custodians of women’s football in Scotland we also welcome the launch of the first seminar to be held to share ideas and develop the game in Scotland.


Robert Craig, Chair of the Scottish Football Museum said: Scotland is well-known and respected for its long and pioneering history in the world of men’s football. But perhaps less well known is the rich and longstanding history of women’s football in Scotland. Women’s football is often regarded as a relatively new sport, so we are delighted to highlight this written evidence tracing its roots back to the seventeenth century.


Karen Grunwell, Phd Graduate, Stirling University said: It is fitting to announce the launch of the inaugural seminar on women’s football in Scotland on the anniversary on the first-known record of women playing the game. The seminar on March 8 will explore the rich history of women’s football and the bright future of the game here in Scotland.


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With Councillor McAllan and his daughters Eilidh and Mairi


I attended Biggar Agricultural Show on Saturday with Biggar Councillor Ian McAllan.

Hosted every year by the Biggar Farmers Club, and bursting with livestock, poultry and equine classes, craft marquees, Highland dancing, dog shows, food fairs and more, the show is always a highlight of the local calendar.

It is always a privilege to attend and, as always, I very much enjoyed having a stall and speaking with visitors. It was a terrific day out for farmers and visitors alike.

Farming is the backbone of the Clydesdale economy, and it is great to see it at its best. Huge congratulations to all the competitors and winners!

Councillor McAllan also congratulates all the participants taking part.

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Gartcosh is the preferred site for a new Monklands hospital


NHS Lanarkshire this week launched a consultation to seek the public’s views on the replacement or refurbishment of Monklands Hospital.

And there will be a public meeting in Carluke in September for Clydesdale people to give their opinions.

Last month stakeholders looked at four options – ongoing maintenance of the current hospital in Airdrie, a refurbishment of the current hospital, a new hospital on the existing site or a new hospital in either Gartcosh Business Interchange or Drumshangie Moss near Glenmavis.

The Gartcosh option scored highest among the participants - public and patient representatives, NHS Lanarkshire staff and key partners such as the Scottish Ambulance Service - and a subsequent financial analysis of all the proposals,has confirmed a new hospital at Gartcosh as the highest scoring option.

The consultation, running until 15 October, will now give the public, patients, carers, NHS Lanarkshire staff and many other stakeholders across Lanarkshire and the wider West of Scotland the chance to share their views at public meetings and through other channels.

NHS Lanarkshire’s Board will then consider the feedback before deciding a preferred option for the outline business case for the future of the hospital.

NHS Lanarkshire are urging as many people as possible to take part in the consultation by attending public meetings and completing the questionnaire in the consultation document.

The Carluke meeting is at 6.30pm on 11 September 2018- Lifestyles Carluke, Carnwath Road, Carluke; there is also a further meeting on 19 September 2018 in the Lecture Theatre, Ronald Miller Centre, Wishaw General.


For the consultation report, see




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