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DWP meeting exposes ‘fundamental flaws’ with Universal Credit, says MP

Crunch talks with the DWP to discuss Universal Credit’s impact on local communities has exposed “fundamental flaws” in the flagship benefit system, an MP has warned. Lesley Laird, who represents the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency, met with Will Quince MP,...

New online forum for Waspi women launched

A new online forum has been launched for ‘50s-born women affected by state pension changes in the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath area. The Facebook group ‘WASPI Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath – Women Against State Pension Injustice’ is actively looking for members and...

Johnson’s Brexit deal puts nearly 10,000 jobs at risk in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

New analysis from the GMB Union shows that Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal could put up to 10,000 jobs at risk in the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency. The GMB point to the fact that there are 3,500 manufacturing jobs in the constituency...

Scrap Universal Credit to combat chronic poverty in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

Eliminating low-paid work and abolishing Universal Credit must be top priorities in reducing chronic poverty in the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath area. That’s according to Lesley Laird MP, who invited five front-line agencies to speak out as part of Challenge Poverty...

Progress on Dalgety Bay Radiation after meeting with Minister

Local MP Lesley Laird, met this week with the new Ministry of Defence Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan who is now responsible for the project to clean up the long standing issue of radiation on the beach at Dalgety Bay. Lesley said,...

Mossmorran set to flare again this winter

Flaring will occur when Fife Ethylene Plant restarts by December, Mossmorran Working group learned today (Friday). ExxonMobil, working alongside SEPA to manage the start-up process, confirmed planned flaring would be publicised in advance to residents. It would not be as...

“Call your pal Trump to stem whisky tariffs, Boris”

Scottish Labour MPs have written to International Trade Secretary Liz Truss to express “deep concern” over the proposed 25 per cent tariffs on Scotch whisky imposed by Donald Trump’s US government. The Scotch whisky industry provides £5.5bn in gross value...

MP calls on ScotRail boss to face Fifers again

Lesley Laird MP has called on ScotRail’s boss, Alex Hynes, to act “honourably” and return to Kirkcaldy for another public meeting. The move comes after a Scottish Labour-led debate urging Holyrood to break Abellio’s franchise was voted down by the...

Holyrood urged to ‘stand up for constituents’ and break Abellio franchise

MSPs have been urged to return Scotland’s railways to public ownership after it emerged almost 75,000 trains have been cancelled under Abellio’s stewardship of ScotRail. The call by Lesley laird MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath for MSPs to stand up...

New Inverkeithing HS site should be decided “before 2019 ends”

Lesley Laird MP has called for a location for a new Inverkeithing High School to be decided by the end of the year. As of May, six locations have been considered for further assessment. They are: land north of the...

We need the Tories out – and Labour in

‘Take back control’ was the mantra of the Brexiteers during the 2016 referendum. Ensuring the UK parliament was sovereign above all others, and who can forget the famous £350m on the side of the bus? What better way to take...

Tragedy inspires mum to set up offenders’ charity

A mum who lost her teenage son is forging ahead with Fife-wide charity plans aimed at pulling people out of a life of crime. Josee Scott, who lives in Dalgety Bay, established Freedom Unlimited Enterprises six years ago to offer...

Havelock ‘recklessly gambled’ staff wages, says MP, as more details of collapse emerge

Lesley Laird MP has praised the Kirkcaldy community for rallying around Havelock’s workers at a support employment event on Monday. Described as “potentially the biggest PACE event ever hosted”, the event saw 56 exhibitors at Dean Park Hotel, including employers, recruitment...

Workers stay cool under Labour temperature pledge

With temperatures soaring across Scotland, Labour is announcing a ‘maximum workplace temperature’ that will protect workers and force bosses to introduce effective temperature controls. Most workers in the UK have no legal safeguards protecting them from working during uncomfortably high...

MP “more optimistic” BiFab can strike deal

“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,...

MP backs campaign for urgent disability welfare reform

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...

MP writes to head of SEPA on Mossmorran

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...

Mossmorran: we need action, openness and transparency

Residents have voiced anger after yet another spell of flaring at the Fife Ethylene Plant at Mossmorran. The incident, which came just a day after the Mosmorran Working Group met, reportedly involved “very loud booms” and a strong chemical smell...

MP urges OAPs to check pension credit entitlement

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...

MP calls on EDF to talk with Fife Unions

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...

BBC knew OAPS would suffer under means-tested TV licence scheme

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...
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