Westminster diary w/b 13th June


I worked in the constituency and attended the Inverclyde Alliance meeting in the council offices. It’s a great opportunity to get a range of local bodies round the same table and exchange views. I was pleased to learn more about the Broomhill project.


Up with the larks and off to Westminster. There was an urgent question about the violence involving English football fans in Marseille.
I met with Forces Watch to listen to their concerns about 16 and 17 year olds enlisting in the British Armed Forces. I was unaware that the UK is the only country in Europe that enlists people under 18. It’s a conversation I shall be having with members of the Armed Forces and the MOD. I met with two MOD ministers to discuss the ordnance in the Clyde and was pleased that Penny Mordaunt MP assured me the commercial and military shipping channels are clear and importantly monitored. In the evening I attended an SNP reception for the Defence Attachés from Embassies across the European Union and NATO.


I had an interview with the Armed Forces TV to provide an update on the ordnance in the Clyde and off camera I took the opportunity to pick their minds about the recruiting age issue. The rest of the day was taken up by research and the evening was the EU referendum debate. Votes were at 19:00 and my flight which was scheduled for 20:30 was delayed. Despite it being a short week away, it was a weary MP that got home at 23:15.


I visited the Inverclyde Supplier Event in the Beacon Arts centre. The event is designed to encourage local companies to tender for the work being generated by the upcoming Glasgow City Region City Deal. I also managed to attend the Inverclyde Gaelic Learners Group launch of their new heritage leaflet. The remainder of the day was spent in the office. A day in the office that went from the high of being informed my office had come out top of all the SNP MPs, and forty first out of six hundred and fifty MPs, in a survey to monitor constituency responses. To hearing the tragic and shocking news that Jo Cox MP for Batley and Spen had been shot at a constituency surgery. We are continually reminded of the risks that this job entails but no amount of security can keep everyone safe all of the time.


I started the day with a visit to the Merino Court Care home to help them celebrate Care Home open day. Continuing the theme, in the afternoon I attended the St Andrews’ lunch at Bellaire House. In the evening I was at the opening event, in the Beacon Arts Centre, for the P1 Powerboat – Scottish Grand Prix of the year.