Scottish independence

On September 18, 2014, the Scottish people were asked to make a “once in a generation” referendum decision on the future of the nation. The result was an overwhelming and decisive ‘no’, affirming the Scottish will to remain a part of the United Kingdom.

In 2014, I campaigned for Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom. At the 2017 General Election, I stood on a manifesto which opposed a second divisive independence referendum, and which committed to campaign tirelessly to ensure Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom.

I believe that the Scottish electorate has spoken on this issue and that this decision should be respected an upheld.

I also believe we are facing considerable economic and social challenges that requires the full attention of the Scottish Government. The current Scottish Government is presiding over an education system in crisis; a health service with a shortage of doctors and nurses; and an economy in which 200,000 Scottish children are living in poverty. I believe the focus should be on working to eradicate poverty, reverse cuts to public services and improve the lives of ordinary people.

I will continue to respect the outcome of the referendum and continue to make the case for Scotland’s future in the UK and for the whole of the UK to work in partnership to benefit the many, not the few.


Environment – Fight for our nature campaign
16th April 2019
Race horse welfare
12th April 2019
TV licence for over 75s
20th March 2019
Climate Debate
20th March 2019
Brexit update 6th March 2019
6th March 2019
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
1st February 2019
Driving and Diabetes
31st January 2019
Brexit update – 21st January 2019
21st January 2019
Brexit update – 20th December 2018
20th December 2018
Payday lenders
14th November 2018
Northern Ireland Human Rights
14th November 2018
Universal Credit
29th October 2018
BBC coverage of Israel-Palestine conflict
10th October 2018
10th October 2018
Amazon and Facebook Tax
8th October 2018
Cuts to Local Services
20th September 2018
People’s Vote
12th September 2018
Rohingya Children – Save The Children Campaign
6th September 2018
Human Rights in Bahrain
6th September 2018
Aids and Adaptations – Arthritis Research UK
6th September 2018
Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy – New Cycling Offences
6th September 2018
Parkinson’s UK Autumn Reception 2018
6th September 2018
Scrapping the pensions dashboard
6th September 2018
Weddell Sea ocean sanctuary – Greenpeace campaign
6th September 2018
Parliamentary scrutiny of trade deals – Amendment 8 and New Clause 6 of the Trade Bill – 38 Degrees campaign
16th July 2018
Parliamentary scrutiny of trade deals – Trade Democracy campaign
16th July 2018
Trade Bill
16th July 2018
Mental health units (Use of Force) Bill – Seni’s Law
16th July 2018
Members of Parliament and immigration enforcement – Global Justice Now campaign
16th July 2018
Commercial sexual exploitation in Scotland
16th July 2018