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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...

Labour to force vote on ScotRail break clause

Lesley Laird MP has welcomed a move by Scottish Labour to force a vote tomorrow (Wednesday) on whether the government should enforce the ScotRail break clause to bring the current franchise to an end in 2022. Under the terms of...

MP plants trees for Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy

Lesley Laird MP has planted five trees in Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy, to mark the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative. The event, which was witnessed by local councillors, community group representatives and pupils from Kirkcaldy West PS, commemorates Her Majesty’s lifetime service to...

SNP back big developers over communities on planning reform

The SNP has voted against proposals to give communities the right to appeal planning decisions. Scottish Labour amendments to the Planning Bill attempted to ‘level the playing field’ and make the planning system fairer. If passed, a new community right...

Governments must work to stop Michelin closure

Scottish Labour’s two most senior figures have written a joint letter calling on the UK and Scottish governments to do everything possible to save the jobs of the workers at the Michelin factory in Dundee. Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard...

Scottish Reporter rejects controversial housing proposal

A controversial housing development proposal for 80 houses in Aberdour has been dismissed by the Scottish Reporter. The proposal, submitted by Campion Homes, attracted over 700 letters of objection before being rejected by West Area Planning Committee in July. Following submission of an appeal, the Scottish Reporter...

Fife awarded “most enterprising place in Britain” title

It’s official! More has been done in Fife to support and encourage entrepreneurial spirit than anywhere else in the UK. At a ceremony held in the House of Commons yesterday (Tuesday), Cllr Altany Craik, alongside other Fife council representatives, collected...

“It’s never too late to seek help”

An MP has praised a Fife support agency providing frontline help for people affected by sexual and domestic abuse. Lesley Laird, MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, visited Kingdom Abuse Survivors Project (KASP) in Kirkcaldy, where she chatted with manager Joy...

ScotRail handed ‘licence to fail’ despite £2m fine

Lesley Laird MP has blasted the Scottish Government for continuing to prop up ScotRail’s failing franchise – despite continued misery for passengers. ScotRail’s performance breaches resulted in the franchise being fined over £2m in the first six months of this...

Three plans pose ‘potential nightmare’ for Aberdour

Lesley Laird MP has warned of a “potential nightmare” for Aberdour residents if three major housing developments are given the green-light. A proposal to build 125 houses at Hillside – rejected by Fife Council planners in February this year due...

M&S to close Kirkcaldy High Street store

Lesley Laird MP has expressed “disappointment and shock” at the decision by Marks and Spencer to close its Kirkcaldy High Street store early next year. The decision, which M&S said formed part of its store transformation programme, was announced today...

Jump on board! Google’s coming to Kirkcaldy!

Google’s Digital Garage is making its way to Kirkcaldy as part of its Scottish tour to offer locals a chance to learn the latest online skills – for free. The customised double decker bus, which boasts a dedicated upstairs classroom, will be...

MP backs campaign for free period products

Lesley Laird MP has joined the call by the Communications Workers Union (CWU) to make period products free for anyone who needs them. At the parliamentary event in Westminster on Wednesday, September 12, Lesley met with representatives from the Union...

Fife businesses quiz Keir Starmer during ‘Brexit breakfast’

Sir Keir Starmer MP was quizzed by bosses from around twenty Fife businesses at a ‘Brexit breakfast’ held in Lochore yesterday (Tuesday). The Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union was invited to Fife by Lesley Laird MP...

Mossmorran probe report due in November

The results of an investigation into prolonged flaring at Mossmorran are expected to be announced before the end of the year. That’s according to the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and Health and Safety Executive (HSE), whose representatives attend the...

Scrap “cruel” PIP health reassessments, MP urges

A Fife MP has backed a motion calling on the UK Government to scrap “shocking and cruel” PIP health reassessments. The call from Lesley Laird comes after a Kirkcaldy constituent was stripped of his mobility car, despite having had mobility...

Keir Starmer set for Fife business breakfast event

Sir Keir Starmer MP is expected to speak to Fife businesses about Brexit concerns at an event in Lochore next week. The Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union was invited to Fife by Lesley Laird MP at...

MP set for talks with Kirkcaldy shopping centre bosses

Lesley Laird is to meet with representatives from Kirkcaldy’s high street shopping centres in a bid to turn around the town centre’s fortunes The MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath will meet with Simon Usher, national director of LaSalle Investment Management...

Government leaves school rebuild hopes in limbo

The Scottish Government’s announcement of its programme for 2018  has left Fife school rebuild plans in limbo, a Fife MP has warned. Lesley Laird, who pushed for a new Inverkeithing High School in her former role as a Councillor, said...

MP backs radical planning reform to “protect communities”

A Fife MP is calling on the Scottish Government to back amendments which would put an end to communities being placed under siege by developers.  Lesley Laird, who supported Aberdour campaigners in multiple bids to block large-scale housing developments in...

Fife Law Centre reports surge in Universal Credit cases

A Fife organisation providing vital frontline legal services to vulnerable people has reported a surge in referrals due to Universal Credit. On a recent visit to Fife Law Centre in Lochgelly, Lesley Laird MP learned the team had represented people...
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