January 2016

As we begin the New Year, it’s time for an update to this site.  2015 was a spectacular year for the SNP and one of great successes and challenges for me.  From being elected to Parliament in May it’s been a rollercoaster, but while it’s been tough, it’s also been hugely enjoyable.

So far I’ve participated in 130 votes, contributed to 21 debates, and submitted 30 written questions.  I was delighted to take the SNP lead on the Psychoactive Substances Bill committee and to watch the progress of this bill closely.  I’ve also contributed to debates on TTIP, the Scotland Bill and the Trade Union Bill amongst others.

Perhaps the most difficult decision so far has been the debate on whether the UK should participate in air strikes on Syria.  I remain deeply disappointed by the outcome of this vote and think the decision will prove to be a mistake.  Air strikes with no follow-up plan will do little to help those who need hep or to bring stability to the country.

As I look ahead to 2016, I have no doubt this will be yet another very interesting year, both at Westminster and in Scotland as we approach the Scottish Parliament Elections in May.  It’s likely we will also get more detail on the proposed EU Referendum as this year progresses.