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Mossmorran: “Progress is being made”

Key report findings on flaring at Fife Ethylene Plant are due out in April, Mossmorran Working Group has learned today (Friday). The well-attended meeting, held in Kirkcaldy, was co-chaired by Lesley Laird MP and Prof. Wilson Sibbett, chairman of the...

Scrapping free TV licences will cost local pensioners £1m a year

Scrapping free TV licences to over-75s will cost pensioners in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath nearly £1m a year – money which will go straight to the Treasury’s coffers. That’s according to Labour research, as the BBC’s consultation on the future of...

Postings auction to be streamed live from London

The sale of The Postings shopping centre is to be broadcast live from London, it has emerged. The Kirkcaldy mall, listed on the market with a reserve price of just £1, will be sold by auctioneers Allsop at Barclay House...

MP raises concerns over Santander branch closure

MP Lesley Laird has raised concerns with Santander about the upcoming closure of the bank’s Kirkcaldy branch. During a meeting yesterday (Wednesday) it was revealed the closure – earmarked for June 13 – would place eight jobs at risk. Across...

MP urges residents to hunt down best energy deals

LOCAL MP Lesley Laird is urging constituents in low income households to consider switching suppliers during this Big Energy Saving Week According to Citizens Advice Scotland, only 21 per cent of customers in the Kingdom of Fife switch supplier, meaning...

Santander to close Kirkcaldy branch

Santander has announced its Kirkcaldy High Street branch will close on June 13, 2019, resulting in an unspecified number of job losses. The decision, which followed an internal review, was communicated to Lesley laird MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath today...

Mundell urged to “stand up for the shipbuilding industry”

At Scottish Questions today (Wednesday) Lesley Laird called on David Mundell to stand up for the shipbuilding industry and back Labour’s campaign to build new Fleet Solid Support vessels in the UK. Ill-thought out changes to Government tendering rules redefined...

Laird urges May to scrap no-deal Brexit, as report reveals Fife impact

Lesley Laird MP has signed cross-party letter to Theresa May urging her to safeguard manufacturing jobs by ruling out a no-deal Brexit. The cross-party letter, which comes ahead of Tuesday’s Meaningful Vote, warned the UK “must not crash out of...

MP: Review should consider pardon for wrongly convicted miners

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...

Over 11,000 Fife children could be at risk from benefit cap

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...

Young people urged to seek help for fuel poverty

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...

ScotRail pledges to fix Fife Circle in the New Year

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...

MP praises ‘first-class’ Christmas Royal Mail team

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...

MP advises Green Deal HELMS customers to lodge claims

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...

Mundell ignoring the plight of Rosyth workers

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...

Seraphina “over the moon” at Christmas card win

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...

Laird: It is now clear the Scottish Tories cannot support Brexit deal

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...

MP celebrates community’s efforts to cure blood cancer

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...

Laird seeks urgent meeting with JPIMedia bosses

Lesley Laird MP has requested an urgent meeting with JPI Media bosses to seek clarity on the future of the company’s Scottish newspaper titles.  Johnston Press filed for administration on Friday but new parent company JPI Media – a consortium...

Laird blasts Mundell’s feeble defence of Brexit deal

Lesley Laird has blasted David Mundell for proposing a bad Brexit deal as the only alternative to a no deal. Quizzed on his support for Theresa May’s half-baked Brexit deal on BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland today (Monday), Scottish Secretary...

Kirkcaldy tour impresses UK Shadow Housing Minister

John Healey MP, UK Shadow Housing Secretary, visited Kirkcaldy on Friday to learn more about Fife’s UK-leading affordable housing programme. He was accompanied by Lesley Laird MP on a tour of Overton Road, where 161 homes were recently built by...
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