It is approaching one year since I was re-elected for a second term as your Member of Parliament to Westminster and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and to inform that I have continued to work extremely hard and diligently on your behalf. During the past year, I have spoken in 80 debates and submitted 123 written questions to hold the UK Government to account (They Work for You Statistics).
Since May 2015, my local offices in East Kilbride and Strathaven have dealt with over 8500 cases including welfare benefits, local issues, home office issues, health and disability. I have supported in excess of 150 local organisations and businesses. Both offices are open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and domiciliary visits are arranged for those with mobility issues. Please do not hesitate to drop by or to get in touch at email@example.com
During recess, I signed the petition to save Marks & Spencer’s in East Kilbride and spent time with Carolyn Denham gathering signatures from local shoppers. It’s fair to say that support has been massive and approximately 5000 signatures of local residents in the short space of one week is testament to that. I am meeting with M&S Management this week when I will have the opportunity to discuss our petition and to also highlight its’ local support to Ministers in Parliament.
It is crucial that a town the size of East Kilbride is re-energised and remains vibrant. It is such a great place to live, work and grow up. Much has been done recently by Town Centre Management to attract new business and we have seen the successful opening of The Hub, Smyggle, Horton’s and The Entertainer. Car parking charges remain an issue however, that is relevant and we require to consider this as we are competing with other retail sites.
My campaign “East Kilbride, Here for Business” continues. I asked for a debate at Westminster on “Re-Generation plans for New Towns” with funding consideration akin to City Deals. Since the demise of Development Corporations, focus requires to be redirected to New Towns like East Kilbride to ensure they meet their full potential and I continue to progress this issue.
During recess, it was also a privilege to spend two days with the Royal Air Force in their Centenary Year. I learned about their contribution to NATO defence strategy particularly in the Baltic Regions, and how operations with partners are crucial to maintaining stability. It is important that Members of Parliament learn about defence as we are asked to make such crucial decisions about commission of troops, which should always be the most informed decisions.
Finally, I would like to highlight my Annual Veterans Day held at our Legion on 28th June 2018 from 11am. Invitations have gone out to local veterans across South Lanarkshire but if you know of anyone who has not yet received an invitation and would like to attend please do not hesitate to get in touch. We must prioritise our support for those who have served, as our society owes them so much.