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MP calls for justice on miners’ pension scheme

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...

MP blasts BBC decision to scrap blanket free TV licences to over 75s

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...

Government must protect free tv licence for pensioners

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...

MP urges Defence Secretary to protect UK shipbuilding industry

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...

Transport minister ‘too busy’ to talk trains

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...

MP urges UK Government to ‘act immediately’ to safeguard BiFab

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...

Cabinet Office green light Dalgety Bay radiation clean-up

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...

Laird: Parliament must declare a climate emergency

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...

Front-line services lay bare the ‘nightmare’ impact of Universal Credit

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...

Rallying cry to WASPI women in Fife

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...

Transport minister says no to ScotRail fare cut in Fife

Fife’s politicians have been urged to join forces to help get “scunnered” rail commuters a fair deal. Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath Labour MP Lesley Laird said all the region’s MPs and MSPs should use their collective representative voice to call for...

MP vows to fight on for ‘Votes at 16’ campaign

Lesley Laird MP vowed the “fight will continue” as the first anniversary report of the Votes at 16 Parliamentary Committee was released this week. The MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath – a long-standing advocate for Votes at 16 – was...

Rare cancer survivor launches Fife Prog Rock festival

A Fife man who survived one of the world’s rarest forms of cancer has launched Scotland’s first prog rock indoor festival. The Prog in the Park event, which takes place at the Glen Pavilion in Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline on Saturday,...

Burntisland station won’t be fully accessible “any time soon”

A Fife MP has stepped in to ongoing dialogue over accessibility funding for Burntisland, warning against “setting false expectations”. Lesley Laird’s intervention comes after David Torrance MSP recently rubbished Cllr Kathleen Leslie’s calls for “greater clarity” over the way communities...

Commons must vote down “dreadful” Brexit deal

Commenting ahead of the proposed second ‘meaningful vote’ on Brexit at Parliament today (Tuesday) Lesley Laird MP said the Commons must reject the deal. The Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland said “After weeks of the Prime Minister trying to run...

ScotRail Public Meeting Report

Scotrail Public Meeting Report  28th February 2019  Summary of points covered    Service     Q:   Why is the service so poor? Train cancellations, delays and filled carriages?     A:   We agree with you that customers are not getting the service...

Conference will offer anti-austerity vision of hope

Scottish Labour conference today (Friday) will set out an anti-austerity vision of hope in stark contrast to another decade of cuts under the Tories and SNP. Speaking ahead of the first day of the conference in Dundee, Leader Richard Leonard...

MP urges Transport Minister to reduce Fife train fares

Lesley Laird MP has called on the Scottish Transport Minister to use his power and intervene to reduce rail prices for Fife passengers by “a minimum of 30 per cent”. The letter to Michael Matheson MSP comes after ScotRail boss...

Radiation clean-up to start at Dalgety Bay next year

The MoD will clean-up radiation on Dalgety Bay beach in summer next year, Lesley Laird MP has revealed. The MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath met Tobias Ellwood MP, Government Minister for the Ministry of Defence, in London this week to...

Scottish jobs risked by bungling Tory Brexit

Scottish jobs are being put at risk by a bungling Tory Brexit, Lesley Laird has warned. Pressed at Scottish questions today, Tory Scottish Secretary David Mundell could not identify a single Scottish business that had received a Nissan-style package of state...

Fifers’ chance to quiz ScotRail boss

Fed-up Fife train passengers will have a chance to quiz ScotRail directly at a public meeting next week. The event, organised by Lesley Laird MP, will take place at 7pm on Thursday, February 28 at Kirkcaldy Town House. ScotRail director...
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