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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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Lesley Laird MP has urged the new UK Defence Secretary to guarantee the £1bn Fleet Solid Support Ships contract will be built in Britain. The letter to Penny Mordaunt MP follows Lesley Laird’s recent tour of HMS Prince of Wales – due to be commissioned next year – at Rosyth Dockyard. The MP for Kirkcaldy...
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A Fife MP has accused Scotland’s transport minister of peddling excuses to dodge Fife’s hard-pressed ScotRail commuters. Lesley Laird MP requested an urgent meeting with Michael Matheson MSP and Alex Hynes in April to discuss constituents’ ongoing concerns with overcrowded carriages, cancellations and compensation issues. Mr Matheson responded last week stating that “due to a...
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Lesley Laird MP has urged the UK Government to intervene to help safeguard the future of BiFab’s Methil and Burntisland yards. The call comes after parent company, DF Barnes, told Holyrood it lost out on vital offshore wind contracts to rival companies flouting state-aid rules. Sean Power, Vice President of Business Development at DF Barnes,...
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Lesley Laird MP has welcomed confirmation that Dalgety Bay’s radiation clean-up operation will go ahead in summer 2020. The Ministry of Defence gave the project the green-light following a meeting with the MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath in March. Final confirmation was subject to financial scrutiny by the Cabinet Office, which signed-off the project last...
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Today (Wednesday), Labour will use its opposition day debate in the House of Commons to declare a climate emergency across the U.K. The move comes after Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, met climate change protesters who shut down vast swathes of London and cities across the U.K. Speaking ahead of the debate, Shadow Scottish Secretary, Lesley...
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Front-line organisations have laid bare the “nightmare” impact of Universal Credit at a meeting held in Kirkcaldy this week. An upsurge in poverty, addiction, crime and prostitution have been ascribed to the flagship welfare policy, which was rolled out in Fife in December 2017. The meeting at Templehall Community Centre on Tuesday was organised by...
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Over 200 women born in the ‘50s gathered in Kirkcaldy on Saturday at a Fife-wide WASPI event rallying against state pension injustice. The event at St Bryce Kirk was organised by Lesley Laird MP and featured speakers from WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality), trade union UNISON and CARF (Citizens Advice Rights Fife). State pension...
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