Tele column – 30th September 2016

Greenock was named as one of Scotland’s most affordable commuter towns. I have mixed feelings about this. It’s good that people living in Inverclyde are gainfully employed, regardless of where they work, but at the same time I would much rather the employment opportunities existed within Inverclyde and people don’t have to commute. I have worked in Inverclyde and all around the UK. It is much easier to get the work life balance correct if you are not required to commute far. Our first priority must always be to bring jobs to Inverclyde.

The Woman Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign continues to hold the UK Government to account. This remarkable citizens driven campaign continues with a petition that states “ as a result of the way in which the 1995 and 2011 pension acts were implemented, woman born in the 1950s ( on or after 6th April 1951 ) have unfairly borne the burden of the increase to the state pension age.” If you wish to sign this petition, which shall be presented in the House of Commons on the 11th of October, then you can do so in my office at 20 Crawfurd Street Greenock ( along from the Telegraph offices ). In Inverclyde alone over 3,900 woman are affected by this poorly managed legislation.

It was great to be at Cappielow to see Morton progress to the semi-final of the league cup. I hope everyone involved with the club enjoys the day and I am looking forward to the final already. Finally, congratulations to the Greenock Morton Community Trust for winning the “Best Professional Club in the Community” award at the Grassroots Awards 2016. It is a terrific achievement in a field that they have been pioneers in for some years now.