It is an honour to be re-elected to serve as the MP for Central Ayrshire. I will continue to work hard to represent my constituents both in the constituency and in Parliament.

Last Week’s Parliamentary Highlights

Monday – Conclusion of the Second Reading if the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

Tuesday – My question to the UK Government re the Ayrshire Growth Deal

Tuesday – My intervention in the Adjournment debate on Access to NHS Dentists

Wednesday – Showing Support for EU Citizens’ Right to Remain in the UK post-Brexit

PW Rights of EU Citizens_Sept 17

Latest News

This year’s Aviva Community Fund has now been launched. The Fund offer awards of up to £25,000 for local community projects across a range of categories such as skills for life, health & wellbeing and community support.  Last year they funded over 450 winners projects.

Applications can be made until 12 noon on 10th October via this link. Thereafter, there will then be a chance to vote for your favourite projects, with winners announced in January.

The Adam Charitable Trust is once again making grants and financial assistance available for local individuals and small business looking for support with training costs or seed capital. The charity aims to help trainees, start-up businesses or students embarking on career qualifications who have difficulty in raising the costs required. For more information, contact the Trust Secretary as per the details below.

Adam Trust

Troon is in the running to be named Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street after impressing a judging panel of representatives from Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Keep Scotland Beautiful. With only ten towns making the final shortlist, it is a great achievement to be on the list and is also testament to the hard work that has been put into revitalising the town in recent years by the Business Association and many others.

The competition has been designed as a celebration of high streets and town centers across the country, and takes a broad understanding of the term ‘beautiful’ – looking for what makes them special rather than just pleasing to the eye and recognising the efforts made to make these spaces clean, attractive, accessible, vibrant and inclusive for all to enjoy.

A team of judges drew up the shortlist but the winner will be decided by a public vote and you can cast yours at www.scotlandstowns.org before 1st October. So please get voting!

I am delighted to be nominated for MP of the Year in the Patchwork UK awards, which give individuals and people from grassroots community organisations the opportunity to commend MPs for the hard work they do throughout the year, particularly in relation to their work with minority communities.