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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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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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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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Lesley Laird MP has called on EDF to engage with Fife’s trade unions following a community meeting in Buckhaven to discuss the company’s upcoming NnG wind farm contract. On Thursday night the STUC comprising Unite and the GMB led the meeting at Buckhaven community education centre, inviting local representatives and EDF Renewables to take part...
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A BBC-commissioned report last year warned hundreds of thousands of the UK’s poorest pensioners would be impacted by means testing free TV licences for over-75s. Nevertheless, Tony Hall, Director of the BBC, maintained this week that the corporation’s decision to adopt the new scheme next year was “fair”. Lesley Laird MP called on the government...
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Lesley Laird MP has teamed up with charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust during Cervical Screening Awareness Week to encourage people to attend their smear test in order to prevent cervical cancer. Around 220,000 women are diagnosed with cell changes (abnormalities) every year in the UK following a smear test. Treatment for cell changes, given to...
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The government must stop lining its pockets from the pensions of poverty-stricken miners, says Lesley Laird MP. The MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath attended a debate in the House of Commons sparked after more than 100,000 people signed a petition about the Mineworkers Pension Scheme surplus sharing arrangements. She said: “Since 1994 the Government has...
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Lesley Laird MP has branded the government as heartless if it upholds the BBC’s decision to scrap free tv licences for over 75’s. Under the new rules, only low-income households where one person receives the pension credit benefit will still be eligible for a free licence. The move means the Government will pocket £745 million across the UK in...
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The government must step in to protect free TV licences for pensioners, says Lesley Laird MP. Her comment comes after a recent Labour-led debate in the Commons calling on the Government to uphold a 2017 promise to protect the BBC concession. The benefit was originally introduced in November 2000, when the Department for Work and...
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