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Businesses urged to sign up to disability employment programme

Lesley Laird MP is backing Leonard Cheshire’s innovative Change 100 programme to help more people with disabilities into employment. The charity’s Change 100 programme brings together top employers and talented disabled students and graduates to offer three months’ paid work...

Keep it in the family! Fave pub is nominated for national title

Wee Jimmies is Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency’s favourite pub – and that’s official! The Cowdenbeath pub was a resounding hit when Lesley Laird MP put a call out last month looking for suggestions for nominees for Parliamentary Pub of the...

MP urges constituents to be vigilant after couple lose nearly £300k in bank scam

An MP is urging victims of a Santander bank scam to come forward after a Fife couple lost nearly £300,000 last month. The professional couple, who wish to remain anonymous, fell prey to an ‘authorised push payment’ scam on July...

Brexit talks between Scottish and UK government must be transparent: Laird

Lesley Laird MP has called on Scottish Secretary David Mundell to reveal his next steps for devolution as the clock ticks down to Brexit. The move by the Shadow Scottish Secretary follows the publication of a damning report by the...

Nearly 600 working people face Universal Credit sanctions

Lesley Laird MP has called for the Tory government to ‘halt and fix’ Universal Credit as new data reveals four in 10 working people on the benefit are being told to seek more work. New figures show that in the Kirkcaldy...

MP backs campaign for ‘fair wages for all ages’

Lesley Laird MP has pledged to back a bill which would extend the National Living Wage to young people – as part in a bigger bid to bring the UK out of poverty. The move comes after the National Living Wage (Extension to Young People)...

Kirkcaldy Samaritans ‘always on hand to listen’

Lesley Laird MP visited volunteers at the Kirkcaldy branch of Samaritans this week to see first-hand how they support anyone in distress and work to meet the needs of the community. Samaritans is the leading suicide prevention charity in the...

MP calls on new minister to fix Burntisland Rail Station

Lesley Laird MP is calling on the Scottish Government’s new transport minister to ensure that, years after the community called for it, Burntisland Railway Station will become step-free. The move comes after recent figures reveal Burntisland is one of 104...

Damning report vindicates warnings issued by Shadow Scottish Secretary

A “damning” report calling for a complete rethink of devolution has vindicated warnings issued by Lesley Laird MP as Brexit talks ground to a halt. The report, compiled by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, urgently called on the...

MP: Fife flight path consultation is “flawed”

A Fife MP has written to air regulators to convince them a consultation for a new Fife flight path was “flawed from day one”. The move follows a recent meeting between Lesley Laird and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) representatives to...

MP fears redundancies could risk BiFab contracts

Lesley Laird MP has called on the Scottish Government and BiFab’s owners DF Barnes to reveal its plans to bring work back to the yards in Burntisland, Methil and Arnish. The move by the Shadow Scottish Secretary comes days after...

Kirkcaldy project for vulnerable kids close to ‘breaking point’

Kirkcaldy’s MP has blasted the impact of poverty and Universal Credit after a spike in demand threatens to bring a vital holiday programme for vulnerable children to breaking point. Lesley Laird paid a visit to Kirkcaldy YMCA to see the...

“Sawing away at the legs which support the Union”

Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, Lesley Laird, last night highlighted the irony of a debate being held in government time on “Strengthening the Union”.   In her speech during the debate yesterday (Monday) she reminded Parliament of John Smith’s assertion...

MP pledges support for cashpoint campaign

With over 500 ATMs closing across the UK every month, Lesley Laird MP is backing a campaign to save cashpoints in the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency Along with Which? and the Federation of Small Businesses, Lesley is demanding that the...

Bargain basement contracts betray UK shipworkers

Lesley Laird MP has backed UK defence workers in their campaign for Royal Navy ships to be built in Britain. Ahead of a debate in parliament tomorrow (Wednesday) Trade Union members lobbied in London calling for a contract for three...

Aberdour residents wins housing development decision

Aberdour residents have secured a victory after West Planning Committee rejected two major house development plans in the village. An 85-house application by Cala Homes on a field south of Main Street,  recommended for approval by planning officers, was unanimously...

Communities have ‘lost trust’ in the planning process

Lesley Laird is calling on councillors to take a “bold step to restore confidence in local democracy” when they decide on controversial housing plans this week. Two large scale developments are due to come before West Planning Committee on Wednesday...

MP calls on CAA to intervene in Edinburgh Airport consultation

Lesley Laird has called on the Civil Aviation Authority to answer directly to Fife communities – before a controversial consultation ends on Thursday. The MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath wrote to the CAA’s chief executive, Richard Moriarty, asking him intervene...

It’s on the certificate! MKM is presented with constituency title

MKM Building Supplies is now officially Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath’s Constituency Responsible Business Champion. Lesley Laird MP, who nominated the Kirkcaldy firm, was delighted to present the certificate to director Ian Watson and the team on Friday. The scheme is run...

Community picture in focus at Kirkcaldy Church

I had the pleasure recently to pay a visit to the Olive Branch Community Café at Bennochy Parish Church in Elgin Street, Kirkcaldy. The event is popular with residents in the local community and, over a cuppa and some delicious...

Airport blocks extension to flight path consultation

Edinburgh Airport has blocked an MP’s request to extend its consultation on the controversial E7a flight path proposal. In a letter sent on Friday, airport bosses also confirmed they would not hold another public meeting alongside the Civil Aviation Authority...
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