Campaign Responses

I receive a large amount of campaign emails and so in order to maintain a good service for all constituents and to manage the sheer volume of campaign correspondence, I will post a response to campaign emails in this section of my website as soon as possible.

I hope you can appreciate my stance on campaigns.

Boycott Ruling (Stop BDS)

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about the Israel-Britain Alliance campaign on local government pensions guidance and foreign policy.

Sustainable Fishing & Supertrawlers

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about sustainable fishing in British waters and the access of large trawling vessels to our waters.

Trade Bill & Food Standards

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about the Trade Bill and food standards.

I appreciate your strength of feeling on this issue, but I want to reassure you that the Trade Bill will not undermine food standards.

Coronavirus & Performing Arts

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about the performing arts in Scotland.

I share your concern for the industry which has faced many difficulties as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

NC17- Trade Bill and the NHS

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about the Trade Bill and new clause 17.

I recognise the strength of feeling about the provisions in new clause 17. However, for what I believe are sensible and practical reasons, I felt it best not to support the clause.

Legal Aid

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about legal aid.

In Scotland, justice is a devolved matter. This means the provision of legal aid is the responsibility of the Scottish Government, through the Scottish Legal Aid Board.

Health & Care Visa

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about the health and care sector and future immigration. 

ISDS Mechanisms

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanisms.

Assisted Dying

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about assisted dying in Scotland.

NC4 Trade Bill

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about New Clause 4, which has been tabled to the Trade Bill.

HS2

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about HS2 and the coronavirus outbreak.

I know that the Government will take whatever action is necessary to deal with COVID-19, and that it will also continue to invest in vital future infrastructure.

Drop The Debt

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about debt cancellation for the poorest countries in light of the coronavirus outbreak. 

Gender Recognition Act

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA).

Merging the FCO & DFID

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about the merger of the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Green Covid-19 Recovery

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about a green economic recovery to the coronavirus. 

Reopening of Businesses

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about permission for Scottish businesses and venues to reopen.

Build Back Better

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about support for businesses – in established and emerging sectors – as part of the economic recovery from coronavirus. 

Environment Bill

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about the environment. 

While a handful of sections of the Environment Bill extend to Scotland, under the Scotland Act, environmental issues are devolved to the Scottish parliament.

Protests

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about recent protests.

In this country we have a long-standing tradition that people can gather together and demonstrate, and the right to protest peacefully is a fundamental part of our democracy. 

Food Standards Commission

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about maintaining British food production standards ahead of any future trade deals.

Immigration Bill

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about future immigration. 

EU Transition Period

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about the impact of the coronavirus on the economy and your proposal to extend the transition period.

Black Lives Matter

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter campaign.  

Local Housing Allowance

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about the Local Housing Allowance.

Following the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Government has acted swiftly to protect renters and ensure that those who need it are able to access support and remain in their homes.

Asylum & Coronavirus

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about immigration and visas as the Coronavirus outbreak continues.

SPFL Investigation

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about the Scottish Premier League.

Members of the Government do not, by convention, sign any Early Day Motions as doing so is likely to breach the Ministerial Code’s rules on collective responsibility. 

Fur Trade

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about the fur trade.

NHS & Immigration

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about NHS staff and immigration as the Coronavirus outbreak continues.

Abortion & Coronavirus

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about abortion in Scotland. As you may be aware, abortion was devolved to the Scottish Parliament via the Scotland Act 2016.

Israel West Bank Annexation

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about Israel and the West Bank

I appreciate your concerns about the situation in the region. That is why I firmly support the UK’s longstanding position on the Middle East Peace Process.

Agriculture Bill

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about the vote held in Parliament on New Clause 2 of the Agriculture Bill.  Whilst I don’t necessarily expect you to agree with me, I am happy to explain why I voted in the way I did.

Antibiotics in Farming

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about antibiotics in farming. 

Antibiotic resistance is the biggest threat to modern medicine and we must act now to help keep antibiotics effective for future generations. 

Package Travel Regulations

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about support for the travel industry.

I fully appreciate your concerns and the seriousness of the situation for the whole UK travel industry, which I recognise is facing real difficulty in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

Scrap Trident

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about Trident.

Coronavirus and Iran Sanctions

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about sanctions on Iran and coronavirus.

The UK is working with the international community to ensure Iran receives the humanitarian support it needs during this global pandemic.

National Wildlife Crime Unit

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about the National Wildlife Crime Unit. 

I understand your strong feelings on this issue and wish to thank you for your clear commitment to the welfare of wildlife across our country.

Air Pollution

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about air quality in Scotland.

Israel Apartheid Week

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about Israel Apartheid Week campaigns and anti-Semitism on campus in Scotland.

Environment Bill

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about the environment. 

While a handful of sections of the Environment Bill extend to Scotland, under the Scotland Act, environmental issues are devolved to the Scottish parliament.

End The Cage Age

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about the welfare of farm animals.

I appreciate your concerns. As you may be aware, this is a devolved issue and therefore a matter for the Scottish Government.

Arms Export Controls

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about arms exports and Early Day Motion (EDM) 24.

Members of the Government do not, by convention, sign any Early Day Motions as doing so is likely to breach the Ministerial Code’s rules on collective responsibility.

Windrush Review

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about the Windrush generation.

NSPCC Wild West Web

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about the NSPCC’s Wild West Web campaign.

Sale of Arms

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about arms exports to Israel.

Protect our oceans

Dear Constituent,

Oceans are currently facing unprecedented challenges, including climate change and over-fishing. It is more important than ever to take action to ensure our seas are healthy, abundant and resilient.