East Kilbride News 18/4/18


After the Easter recess the House of Commons found itself debating the PM’s important statement and there was a debate on the military intervention in Syria. The Prime Minister, committed RAF Typhoons and Tornados to action, supporting the United States of America and France. The action was limited and our servicemen and women, who always serve bravely, returned safely.  Such decisions are the gravest of any democracy to make and should, in my opinion, be come to via agreement with Parliament.  I find it difficult, at this stage, to understand the urgency with which this decision was made involving no recall of parliament and prior to appointed weapons inspectors being able to undertake and report on their work.  I raised a question to the Prime Minister Mrs May, she or any future Prime Minister must answerable and accountable to Parliament.  I take this responsibility on your behalf, very seriously, with the welfare of our forces, my constituents and country paramount.

In respect of the ongoing conflict in Syria, we were all absolutely horrified by the reported scenes from Douma and Damascus involving alleged chemical weapons attacks by Assad’s forces on his own people, including young children.  Such heinous actions can never be tolerated in any society as this reinforces the aggressor.  It is therefore important that political solutions and international law are fully applied in this case to bring any suspected war criminals to justice.

Although foreign affairs issues may seem to be taking centre stage at the current time, I have also continued to work very hard across our constituency attending to local issues. Our constituency office in East Kilbride continues to be very busy especially, with cases involving Universal Credit and PIP, which we are trying to progress via the Department for Work and Pensions.  I would urge constituents who are affected to contact my office directly on and we will seek to support you where we can within this process.

I have also been contacting South Lanarkshire Council regarding local pavements, roads and potholes.  Essential works must be completed due to disrepair, and I am pleased that this has now been agreed.  There will however, be a level of disruption around the constituency and I will certainly keep constituents up to date on this as much as is possible.

Councillor John Anderson, as Convener of Community and Enterprise Resources deserves real praise for promoting the issues, revolving around parking at Hairmyres train station.  In terms, of prioritising a solution involving all the relevant agencies involved in making this project of this scale, to become a reality.

Finally, over the past few weeks, I have been exceptionally proud as always, to watch our Commonwealth Athletes competing for Team Scotland including seven  athletes from East Kilbride and District. Team Scotland won 9 gold medals, 13 silver medals and 22 bronze medals.  Sport is a great confidence builder and it is important that we invest in our young people holistically, promoting physical and mental health.  They are our future and deserve the best support possible.

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