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Lesley Laird
A mum who lost her teenage son is forging ahead with Fife-wide charity plans aimed at pulling people out of a life of crime. Josee Scott, who lives in Dalgety Bay, established Freedom Unlimited Enterprises six years ago to offer employability skills to ex-offenders. The charity also works with prisoners at HMP Glenochil and HMP...
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Lesley Laird MP has praised the Kirkcaldy community for rallying around Havelock’s workers at a support employment event on Monday. Described as “potentially the biggest PACE event ever hosted”, the event saw 56 exhibitors at Dean Park Hotel, including employers, recruitment agencies and support agencies. Lesley said: “The main focus for everyone right now is to...
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With temperatures soaring across Scotland, Labour is announcing a ‘maximum workplace temperature’ that will protect workers and force bosses to introduce effective temperature controls. Most workers in the UK have no legal safeguards protecting them from working during uncomfortably high temperatures or dangerous extreme heat. The current guidance states a minimum working temperature but does...
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“Tangible progress appears to have been made” to secure a share of the Neart Na Gaoithe contract for BiFab, according to Lesley Laird MP. The Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP, who has been in regular contact with EDF and BiFab’s owners, DF Barnes, described a ‘change of mood’ in talks with both firms on Friday. “I...
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Lesley Laird MP yesterday (Tuesday) lent support to a campaign calling for better support for disabled people at a Parliament launch event for the report ‘Has welfare became unfair?- the impact of changes on disabled people’. Funded by the Three Guinea’s Trust and commissioned by the Disability Benefit Consortium (DBC), the research found that changes...
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As the circus masquerading as the Tory Leadership campaign continues to wind its way across the country, I am regularly reminded of the phrase that a week is a long time in politics, and that now every week brings yet another drama, writes Lesley Laird. Reflecting on everything that has happened since 2016, it really...
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Lesley Laird, MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath has written to the Chief Executive Terry A’Hearn calling on SEPA to up its game in relation to its regulatory role with Mossmorran. Lesley said “There are issues with the operators in relation to trust and confidence and now there is a real test for SEPA as the...
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I have shared deep concerns about potential violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen for several years now. This is why I have repeatedly called on the Government to immediately suspend the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia for use in the war on Yemen pending a comprehensive and independent investigation of all alleged war...
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With Parliament in gridlock I have expressed my fears that there were significant challenges for Parliament to overcome to be able to deliver a confirmatory vote. Sadly, my fears were borne out, and no consensus was found through the recent voting process. With Parliament unable to reach agreement,  a confirmatory vote, I believe, is a...
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Nearly 2,200 older people in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath are missing out on a combined Pension Credit payout of over £5.7m every year. That’s according to research by charity Independent Age, whose campaign ‘Credit Where it’s Due’ is backed by MP Lesley Laird. Lesley said: “Far too many people in my constituency are not getting the...
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