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Lesley Laird
The environment is the bedrock of our economy, our security and our wellbeing. Healthy soils, oceans and woodland are vital for our food security, for mitigating and preventing flooding, supporting pollinators and biodiversity more broadly, and storing carbon. As you are aware, in December last year, the Government published its Draft Environment (Principles and Governance)...
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I am aware there have been calls for a ban on the use of the whip in racing, except for safety purposes. It is vital that the racing industry follows high animal welfare standards for all horses and that whips are used with minimal force and on minimal occasions. As you know, the sport’s governing...
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Front-line organisations have laid bare the “nightmare” impact of Universal Credit at a meeting held in Kirkcaldy this week. An upsurge in poverty, addiction, crime and prostitution have been ascribed to the flagship welfare policy, which was rolled out in Fife in December 2017. The meeting at Templehall Community Centre on Tuesday was organised by...
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Over 200 women born in the ‘50s gathered in Kirkcaldy on Saturday at a Fife-wide WASPI event rallying against state pension injustice. The event at St Bryce Kirk was organised by Lesley Laird MP and featured speakers from WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality), trade union UNISON and CARF (Citizens Advice Rights Fife). State pension...
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Fife’s politicians have been urged to join forces to help get “scunnered” rail commuters a fair deal. Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath Labour MP Lesley Laird said all the region’s MPs and MSPs should use their collective representative voice to call for cheaper rail fares to and from the kingdom, as compensation for months of chaos on...
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Lesley Laird MP vowed the “fight will continue” as the first anniversary report of the Votes at 16 Parliamentary Committee was released this week. The MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath – a long-standing advocate for Votes at 16 – was delighted to support the campaign in Westminster on Wednesday. Lesley said: “While here in Scotland...
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A Fife man who survived one of the world’s rarest forms of cancer has launched Scotland’s first prog rock indoor festival. The Prog in the Park event, which takes place at the Glen Pavilion in Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline on Saturday, April 6, will raise funds for Maggie’s Fife and Sarcoma UK. Kevin O’Neil (49) from...
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The free TV licence was introduced in 2000 in recognition that the licence fee could be a source of concern for many people over the age of 75, nearly 50% of whom were in the lowest three income deciles. However, in 2015, the BBC reached an agreement with the Government to take on the cost...
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It is shocking that we had not had a full debate in the House of Commons chamber on climate change for over two years. It is also disappointing that the debate took place at a time when it is difficult for all MPs to attend. I believe the Government needs to give this issue proper...
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A Fife MP has stepped in to ongoing dialogue over accessibility funding for Burntisland, warning against “setting false expectations”. Lesley Laird’s intervention comes after David Torrance MSP recently rubbished Cllr Kathleen Leslie’s calls for “greater clarity” over the way communities apply for UK-wide Access For All funding. The MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath is due...
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