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Lesley Laird
NC7 was an amendment to increase accountability of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and senior officers of Northern Ireland departments, for their role in ensuring human rights compliance in Northern Ireland, in the absence of Northern Ireland Ministers. This amendment was designed, not to change the law, but to address incompatibilities between legislation...
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Lesley Laird MP has welcomed a move by Scottish Labour to force a vote tomorrow (Wednesday) on whether the government should enforce the ScotRail break clause to bring the current franchise to an end in 2022. Under the terms of the Scottish government’s agreement with the train operator Abellio, the SNP can exercise an opportunity...
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Lesley Laird MP has planted five trees in Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy, to mark the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative. The event, which was witnessed by local councillors, community group representatives and pupils from Kirkcaldy West PS, commemorates Her Majesty’s lifetime service to the Commonwealth. The pack of trees contained five UK-sourced and grown native broad leaf trees...
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The SNP has voted against proposals to give communities the right to appeal planning decisions. Scottish Labour amendments to the Planning Bill attempted to ‘level the playing field’ and make the planning system fairer. If passed, a new community right of appeal would have been introduced along with restrictions on developer appeals. Scottish Labour argue...
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Scottish Labour’s two most senior figures have written a joint letter calling on the UK and Scottish governments to do everything possible to save the jobs of the workers at the Michelin factory in Dundee. Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard and Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland Lesley Laird have urged both the Tory and...
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A controversial housing development proposal for 80 houses in Aberdour has been dismissed by the Scottish Reporter. The proposal, submitted by Campion Homes, attracted over 700 letters of objection before being rejected by West Area Planning Committee in July. Following submission of an appeal, the Scottish Reporter today (Tuesday) agreed the development would be a “prominent and unwelcome” intrusion in the landscape setting...
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It’s official! More has been done in Fife to support and encourage entrepreneurial spirit than anywhere else in the UK. At a ceremony held in the House of Commons yesterday (Tuesday), Cllr Altany Craik, alongside other Fife council representatives, collected two prestigious Enterprising Britain awards from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Fife was...
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Universal Credit (UC) is a single payment which will replace six means-tested benefits and tax credits for working-age individuals and families. It is the Government’s flagship welfare reform and I am concerned that it has been plagued by problems in its design and delivery having experienced the cases of many of my own constituents where...
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An MP has praised a Fife support agency providing frontline help for people affected by sexual and domestic abuse. Lesley Laird, MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, visited Kingdom Abuse Survivors Project (KASP) in Kirkcaldy, where she chatted with manager Joy Patrick and members of the team. The project, which operates throughout Fife, provides free one-to-one...
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Lesley Laird MP has blasted the Scottish Government for continuing to prop up ScotRail’s failing franchise – despite continued misery for passengers. ScotRail’s performance breaches resulted in the franchise being fined over £2m in the first six months of this year. The ScotRail franchise, operated by private company Abellio, is fined by Transport Scotland when...
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