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Lesley Laird, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, has slammed the Tories’ approach to Brexit and UK fishing policy as “incoherent”. Today (Wednesday) she said the pledge by Ruth Davidson and Michael Gove to “take back control of our waters” just a week ago had “spectacularly backfired”. And she said the fishing communities of Scotland would...
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Two Kirkcaldy friends, whose family members were recently diagnosed with brain tumours, joined forces recently to raise over a thousand pounds for brain cancer research. Margaret Vass and Anne Marie Caira have been friends for years but were stunned when their daughters-in-law were both diagnosed with brain tumours within months of each other. However, rather than give in...
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Lesley Laird MP has issued a plea for new Kirkcaldy volunteers to come forward for this year’s Poppy Appeal. Her call comes after a trip to the Lady Haig factory in Edinburgh to visit the dedicated team of veterans who hand-make 5 million poppies for the appeal each year. Established by Lady Haig – wife of...
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Lesley Laird MP says Fife train passengers deserve “sustained” performance from ScotRail – and should be paying less for fares. ScotRail recently revealed that stop-skipping had reduced by 63 per cent in the last few months in Fife – from 376 missed stations in the four-week period to December 9 last year  to 138 in the four weeks to March...
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Lesley Laird MP has warned a clear immigration policy is “urgently needed” following a visit to Fife Migrants Forum to learn about issues facing migrants since Brexit. The Fife Migrants Forum (FMF), which is based in Kirkcaldy, works across a range of human rights issues and provides an interface between migrants and mainstream agencies. As...
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Lesley Laird MP has branded David Mundell as the Cabinet’s ‘invisible man’ over his handling EU Withdrawal Bill. The Secretary of State for Scotland, previously pledged to amend the EU Withdrawal Bill to ensure powers coming back from the EU that relate to devolved areas would rest with the Scottish Parliament. Instead the Bill remains unchanged, leading...
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In an interview with Gordon Brewer on Sunday Politics Scotland I reinforced Labour’s position on Brexit: that we bring grown-up politics to the debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill and will continue to fight to make sure jobs and the economy come first. Watch the link here: https://www.facebook.com/LesleyLairdMPKirkcaldyCowdenbeath/videos/485346978534428/
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Lesley Laird MP was given an update on vital services Citizens Advice provide constituents in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath at an event held in the House of Commons yesterday (Wednesday).  According to the charity, Citizens Advice helps to solve two in three people’s problems, reducing the number of people who turn to public services for support on welfare, health and housing issues.   For...
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Full of admiration and support for the @MNDpatients protest yesterday, despite the weather, calling on the Government to STOP forcing MND patients to undergo DWP reassessment for ESA benefits. The campaign has succeeded in changing this cruel policy for new claimants – but estimates around 600 dying patients are still affected. Terminally ill people should...
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I joined Unite at its protest outside RBS in Kirkcaldy to bring home the message to bank bosses ‘DON’T CLOSE OUR BRANCHES!’ The bank plans to close 52 branches across the country – despite announcing annual profits of £752m. This is galling for customers and speaks volumes about RBS’s priorities. I’m calling for Ross McEwan...
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