The New Year rightly is a time of reflection, whilst we look back at the year that has passed and also, take the opportunity to look forward to new events in the year ahead. All in all 2017, was an eventful year probably a touch too eventful for myself.
Of course, 2017 witnessed a snap election been called in June and instead of giving the UK Conservative government a strong mandate, especially for a Hard Brexit it has made put them in a much weaker position. Also, despite his boasting at Glastonbury, Mr Corbyn is not PM despite him telling people he would be at the end of the last year.
It was a privilege to be re-elected and serve you, as your Member of Parliament for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow. In terms of my constituency workload I have dealt with nearly 7700 cases and visited over 160 businesses and organisations, since been elected in 2015. Constituency wide my offices both in East Kilbride and Strathaven are dealing with a variety of issues ranging from problems with anti-social behaviour and welfare benefits, and these are only some of the issues that constituents see me about. As someone born and bred in the constituency is really special for me, to represent people that I grew up with in the area.
It has been an extremely busy time in Westminster for me, with much of my parliamentary focus has been on my role as Mental Health Spokesperson for the SNP in the House of Commons, especially since the election.
In terms of linking my constituents interests with the House of Commons, I am still chair of the APPG on Disability and am also, co-chair of the newly established APPG on New Towns.
I have voted in 87.67 of votes in this Parliament and spoken on 82 debates in the last year and I have submitted 91 written parliamentary questions, in the last year.
In terms of looking forward, to the year ahead, I am pursing my interests in animal welfare issues in advocating for Lucy’s Law, this would ban the sale of puppies by pet shops and other third party commercial dealers and would be a be a major step forward in putting an end to unnecessary animal cruelty and helping to eradicate forms of irresponsible dog breeding and selling, such as puppy farming, smuggling and trafficking.
Also, a digital forum has been launched on Money Saving Expert’s Website where people can tell us how the RBS closures will affect their communities. Constituents affected by these closures can to contribute to this forum. The deadline to comment on the forum is Tuesday 9 January.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my constituents a Happy and Prosperous New Year.