Westminster diary w/b 3rd June


I spent the last day of Whitsun recess in my Greenock office dealing with constituency cases and reading briefing papers for the coming week. To be honest there were not many as business is so light at Westminster. First Brexit and now the Conservative and Unionist party leadership campaign have brought progress to a halt. The usual method of progressing bills is by voting. A successful vote ensures the next step in the process takes place. We haven’t voted since the tenth of April.


I got a morning fight down to Westminster and embarked on a series of meetings regarding the provision of medical cannabis. Most notably I catch up with End Our Pain. Together we are trying to develop a safe and legal way that parents of children with severe epilepsy can access Bedrolite.   Currently if you can afford private medicine and the cost of purchasing the medicine you can get it but not everyone can afford the tens of thousands of pounds that are required.


Prime Minister’s Questions is only notable because the Prime Minster, Leader of the opposition and SNP Westminster Group Leader are all absent while attending the D-Day commemoration events. Noticeably Emily Thornberry MP would stand in for Labour but more in fighting led to here being demoted and replaced by Rebecca Long-Bailey MP. Rebecca is seen by many as a possible successor to Jeremy Corbyn MP. A great deal of PMQs was given up to the concerns that the NHS will be traded after Brexit and ultimately privatised. Even though Scotland’s NHS is devolved this is of great concern, not just because I would hate to see England have its NHS privatised but the less UK government money spent on it means less for Scotland through the Barnett consequentials and public procurement is not devolved which a real worry. I had a meeting with the General Medical Council so as I can learn more about the guidelines for prescribing medical cannabis. It was a very informative meeting. I attended a debate in Westminster Hall on Universal Credit and Debt. This should be debated in the main chamber but was dumped in the lesser chamber. It was massively over-subscribed and was even interrupted for a vote in the main chamber where there was a small fraction of MPs compared to Westminster Hall. The matter was covered by English votes for English laws so I didn’t vote. I got the 18:20 flight up the road.


A day of reading and writing. These tend to be welcomed days in amongst the frantic goings on at Westminster but recently they are becoming more frequent, so I undertake street surgeries in the afternoon and had a quick catch up with the hardest working McEleny (Marie) in the mobile Alzheimer’s van in Cathcart Square. I would also like to say how sad it is to hear of the death of Sean Caulfield who worked so hard and brought so much to the local Alzheimer’s organisation. His sudden and tragic death at such a young age is a great loss.


I had constituency surgeries in Port Glasgow in the morning and Greenock in the early afternoon. I also undertook street surgeries and attended a charity quiz night in the evening.