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Fife Young Carers marks national Carers Week

To mark national Carers Week 2018 I visited Fife Young Carers’ focus group afternoon tea and network event in Lochgelly yesterday (Thursday). I had an interesting chat with young carers about issues important to them and it was clear that...

Laird urges airport bosses to ‘go back to the drawing board’

Lesley Laird MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath has written to Edinburgh Airport urging bosses to rethink plans for the controversial E7A flight path proposal. Around 150 people packed the hall at a public meeting held at Inverkeithing High School on...

Laird urges Scottish MPs to ‘speak with one voice’ on devolution deal

Scotland’s MPs should ‘speak with one voice’ and back a bid to broker a Brexit devolution deal, Lesley Laird said today [Monday].   Scottish Labour’s deputy leader has called for MPs representing Scotland to back Labour’s amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill to...

Authorities impose tighter control over Mossmorran

Long-suffering communities secured a breakthrough last week with the news that Mossmorran will be subject to a joint investigation following recent episodes of unplanned flaring. The announcement was made during the Mossmorran Communities Work Group meeting on Friday and will...

A visit to Fife’s very own ‘eco-paradise’

Lesley Laird MP has praised the work of The Ecology Centre after a visit to the project in its 20th anniversary year. The Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP was welcomed by Tony Payne (chairman) and David Stockwell (general manager) and given...

Lesley Laird steps down from councillor role

Lesley Laird MP has today (Wednesday) tendered resignation as councillor for the Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay ward – effective from Friday, June 8. The move comes after the MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath was confirmed as deputy leader of the...

Public meeting announced on Edinburgh airport flight proposal

A public meeting to discuss a controversial new flight path proposal over Fife’s skies is to take place on Friday night. Edinburgh Airport launched a four-week public consultation in late May for a revised route (E7a) mainly affecting Dalgety Bay,...

Film competition launches in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

Budding and independent local filmmakers are being urged to grab the chance to gain wider exposure in a Westminster-run competition. Lesley Laird MP is inviting scriptwriters and directors in the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency to submit entries to Film The...

Ground-breaking family support service launches in Lochgelly

A new family support service at Lochgelly High School has been praised by Lesley Laird MP. The Family Zone – the first of its kind in Fife – is run by Fife Gingerbread and supports families where a young person...

MP supports UK SAYS NO MORE campaign

Lesley Laird MP recently pledged support to the UK SAYS NO MORE campaign which takes a stand to prevent domestic abuse and sexual violence. The campaign seeks to unite and strengthen members of the public and organisations to take a...

Laird set for Deputy Leader role

Shadow Scotland Secretary Lesley Laird is set to confirmed as Scottish Labour’s deputy leader in the coming days. As of the 12 noon deadline for nominations today (Monday 28 May 2018), Laird was the only nominated candidate for the vacancy. Lesley Laird...

Kirkcaldy community radio set to rule the waves!

Kirkcaldy politicians Lesley Laird MP and Claire Baker MSP visited the K107 FM studios recently to congratulate the team as it marks a double celebration. Kirkcaldy Community Radio has installed national news from the Sky News Network, which will allow...

Mossmorran: Community patience “stretched to the limit”

Lesley Laird MP has called for answers “sooner rather than later” as communities continue to suffer noise and light pollution from unplanned flaring at Mossmorran. Flaring began at the weekend after a pump on the site failed and specialist contractors...

MP gets first class experience as she turns postie for a day

MP Lesley Laird got a taste of what its like to work for Royal Mail when she became a postie for a day in Kirkcaldy. She met the team at Kirkcaldy depot, where she was briefed, before being taken out...

Mothercare staff in Kirkcaldy “face an anxious wait”

Staff at Kirkcaldy’s Mothercare face an anxious wait after the firm announced plans to close 50 UK stores, with the loss of hundreds of jobs. The company, which has experienced financial difficulties in recent years, intends to carry out the...

MP calls for shipbuilding contracts to stay in the UK

Lesley Laird MP joined Jeremy Corbyn in Govan today to demand the UK government to build three new Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessels in British shipyards. The call comes as the UK Government prepares to put a £1 billion contract...

Kirkcaldy ‘key test’ in ASDA-Sainsbury’s merger

A proposed £7.3bn merger between ASDA and Sainsbury’s could present “key concerns” for Kirkcaldy, Lesley Laird MP has warned. The supermarket giants enjoy an average 30 per cent share of the market nationwide, but despite the presence of competitors such as...

Fracking u-turn exposes government policy ‘incompetency’

A government u-turn has exposed the ‘incompetency’ of SNP policy on controversial fracking , Lesley Laird MP has claimed. At the Court of Session yesterday (Tuesday) government lawyer James Mure QC dismissed a legal bid by Ineos to overturn the...

Kirkcaldy firm wins trip to Westminster

Lesley Laird MP is delighted to announce that MKM Building Supplies Kirkcaldy has been nominated “Responsible Business Champion” in the constituency. The scheme, run by the All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group (APCRG), asks MPs to nominate an exemplary local firm...

Newsletter – Spring 2018

Welcome to my first newsletter! Since being elected MP it’s been a whirlwind of activity and I wanted to share some of what I’ve been doing in the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency. Read it by clicking here Newsletter – Spring 2018 I...

Cancelled operations prove ‘deepening’ NHS crisis

Cancelled operation figures released today show Fife’s NHS crisis is deepening, Lesley Laird MP has warned. Unseasonably cold weather impacted on 60 of 91 operations cancelled during March, but data compiled by ISD (Information Services Division) reports overall winter totals going up year-on-year. Over recent winter months, from...
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