Westminster Diary w/b 2 May


Was officially a public holiday.


First thing in the afternoon was questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. I had a question accepted in the ballot but it was too far down the queue so I didn’t get taken. I hung around for topical questions and stood for them but my luck was out. I shall now approach the minister in writing seeking help to support high tech jobs in Inverclyde. No stone shall be left unturned. I caught a late flight back home.


Was given over to constituency work and in the evening I went to presentation on the Community Empowerment Act and the rural funding programme known as LEADER. LEADER is a bottom-up method of delivering support for rural development through implementing a local rural development strategy. There are three meetings on the Community Empowerment Act next week. Details are, Boglestone Community Centre – Monday 9th May, 7-9pm, Notre Dame High School – Wednesday 11th May, 7-9pm, and, Gamble Halls – Thursday 12th May, 7-9pm.


Election Day and I am a lot calmer than I was a year ago. I spend a lot of time at polling places on elections days and they are almost entirely great fun with conversations and good humour between the electorate and party representatives. This year was no different. Obviously I was delighted to see Stuart McMillan win the seat for the SNP and look forward to working closely with Stuart in the next four years. A long day came to an end at 4am.


I attended a morning event at the Dutch Gable House to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Blitz. It was hosted by St Columba’s High School pupils. The rest of the day was taken up by constituency meetings.