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John Healey MP, UK Shadow Housing Secretary, visited Kirkcaldy on Friday to learn more about Fife’s UK-leading affordable housing programme. He was accompanied by Lesley Laird MP on a tour of Overton Road, where 161 homes were recently built by Robertson Partnership Homes on behalf of Fife Council. Also present were representatives from Fife Council,...
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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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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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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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Lesley Laird MP has warned of a “potential nightmare” for Aberdour residents if three major housing developments are given the green-light. A proposal to build 125 houses at Hillside – rejected by Fife Council planners in February this year due to ‘insufficient information’– is back on the table. Meanwhile appeals for developments by Cala and...
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Lesley Laird MP has expressed “disappointment and shock” at the decision by Marks and Spencer to close its Kirkcaldy High Street store early next year. The decision, which M&S said formed part of its store transformation programme, was announced today (Wednesday) after staff were informed. Lesley said: “I am extremely disappointed and shocked at this...
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