Tele Column – 19th February 2016

Westminster has been in recess this week which allows me to do more locally. It was great to meet up with so many local voluntary sector and social enterprise groups at the event organised by CVS Inverclyde at The Beacon Arts Centre. On a beautiful clear day the Beacon really comes into its own as a wonderful venue for such events.

I continue to engage with both Texas Instruments and the Bank of Scotland regarding future closures and have been talking to the owners of Valley Park regarding its future use. It’s a shame to see what was once such a vibrant estate fall into disrepair and I hope the new owners can work constructively with all local and national organisations to breathe life back into the valley.

My apologies to those that have been kind enough to ask me to attend local events that I have had to decline. When the opportunity arises I do try to pack in as much as I can locally but often dates clash and I confess that occasionally I recharge with a quiet night and a movie. This evening I shall be at a Burns supper and on Sunday I shall attend the Rig Arts Poets@War Heritage event. I raised an early day motion highlighting the war poetry project funding and I am looking forward to seeing the finished product.

I have been seen shuffling around town recently but can confirm that this is nothing to do with the wear and tear of Westminster life but entirely due to breaking a rib playing rugby. My thanks (once again) to the wonderful staff at A&E and H North of the IRH.