Westminster comment - Another busy fortnight for me

This has been another busy fortnight for me, both in London as well as the constituency.

In London I have been working alongside my colleagues to call for more support to be given to LGBTI people, not only in the UK but also in the rest of world.

I am privileged that my position gives me the opportunity to give a voice to people who are being oppressed and mistreated.

I have also been working alongside my colleagues to raise awareness for Motor Neuron’s Disease.

During my time as a parliamentary researcher in the Scottish Parliament I worked at a time where one of our staff members was diagnosed with MND, at a very young age.

He has since become a passionate and committed campaigner in obtaining greater funding for research, bringing together folks from all sides of Scottish Politics.

I was happy to lend my support to this campaign and I wish Gordon Aikman continued success in his fundraising.

This week has also been a week for committees, I’ve been highlighting the SNP’s concerns over the UK Government’s Strategy for the abolition of the Death Penalty and the decision to leave Saudi Arabia out of the strategy despite including other countries of concern such as Iran at the European Committee.

The European Committee has also called for a debate on the EU Action Plan on Human Rights to be held in the House of Commons.

I fully support this move, I feel that we must be able to scrutinise the Government on its record on Human Rights, at home and abroad.

At home in the constituency the clean up from the flooding continues.

I hope that many of you were able to get the advice and support that you needed.

I am glad to see that the weather has made a marked improvement, with temperatures in the teens!

I do hope this is not a sign of things to come though, I still enjoy some fun in the snow every now and again!

I’ve become a dementia friend this week and my office staff and I will be undergoing some training on how we can support and assist people with dementia more effectively.

Anyone can become a dementia friend and I would encourage folks to do so.

Just making little changes to the interactions we have with folks can make a massive difference to their lives.

I’m delighted to see that there will be a new CAB service, working along side CLAN, starting in Banchory soon.

I hope that I will be able to work closely with them in the future, the CAB provide an incredible service to folks.