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A review of convictions of miners during the 1984/85 strike should consider pardons, says Lesley Laird MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath. Scores of miners were convicted during the strike, with an estimated 500 arrests in Scotland during the dispute. Scottish miners were disproportionately arrested, with 30 per cent of the sackings after arrest in Britain occurring...
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Lesley Laird MP has blasted Tory benefit caps for pushing more families into poverty as figures reveal over 11,000 children across Fife could be affected. DWP figures published this month reveal 11,510 Fife children live in out-of-work households – the third highest regional number in Scotland, second only to Glasgow and North Lanarkshire. A hallmark...
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A Fife MP is urging young people struggling with fuel poverty to seek help from Fife charity Cosy Kingdom over winter.   The advice from Lesley Laird MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath comes after Scottish Government statistics show over a third of under 35s – around 140,000 households – are living in fuel poverty across...
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Train bosses are aiming to restore Fife Circle services to normal by January 7, according to Lesley Laird, MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath. The pledge was made by Alex Hynes, managing director of the ScotRail Alliance, during a call with the MP today (Friday) to discuss constituents’ concerns about train reliability issues in recent weeks....
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Lesley Laird MP visited Kirkcaldy Royal Mail Delivery Office today (Friday) to pass on Seasons Greetings to its dedicated team. Lesley was shown around the office by Keith Brown, Delivery Office Manager, and introduced to the postmen and women, who are pulling out all the stops to sort and deliver mail in Kirkcaldy in the run up to Christmas. The...
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Lesley Laird MP has issued advice to constituents who were mis-sold Green Deal improvement schemes with the now-defunct HELMS company. Home Energy and Lifestyle Management Ltd, based in Cambuslang, offered customers ‘free’ Green Deal improvements such as solar panels, wall cladding, a new boiler or underfloor heating. However, 460 customers have since complained, with some...
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Lesley Laird MP has blasted David Mundell for ignoring the plight of around 2,000 workers at Rosyth in fear for their jobs. The Scottish Shadow Secretary was the first politician to take up an invite from Unite, GMB and Prospect to hear joint trade union concerns about the yard’s future. Following the successful completion of...
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The winner of Lesley Laird MP’s Christmas card competition has visited the printers to see her finished design – and pick up her prize! Seraphina Brown (12), an S2 pupil at Lochgelly High School, drew a snowman holding a tiny robin in its hand which caught the eye of the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP. The talented young...
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A leaked draft document setting out the UK-EU’s future relationship post Brexit makes a mockery of the Scottish Tories, says Lesley Laird. The text confirms that both sides have not yet agreed a way forward on fisheries, fuelling fears from the UK fishing industry that the EU will demand full access to UK waters in return...
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Lesley Laird MP and blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan have praised residents in the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency registered as stem cell donors. Anthony Nolan’s campaign, Communities vs Blood Cancer, shines a spotlight on the vital work being done at a local level to ensure every patient in need of a stem cell transplant can find a lifesaving donor....
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