Although summer recess is finally upon us, there has been no let-up in the amount of Parliamentary business in Westminster. With the Budget, the tabling of the Scotland Bill, and the Welfare and Work Bill, there has been plenty for us to get our teeth into.
It has been an extremely interesting if somewhat exhausting first term, and I would like to think that the presence of such a large group of SNP MPs has already had a significant impact. On a personal note, I have had a number of opportunities to speak in the House and have also co-sponsored the NHS Re-instatement Bill, which aims to roll back NHS privatisation and reinstate the founding principles of the service, and submitted an Early Day Motion to gather cross-party support for legislation to restrict pavement parking.
Back in the constituency, I have welcomed the opportunity to get out and about, holding surgeries and attending fundraisers and gala days. I was pleased to be able to support the RNLI Open Day at the Troon Lifeboat Station earlier this month. It was a great opportunity to talk to the crew and get an insight into how the local RNLI works. I was also fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to join the coastal rowing team for a wee outing, which was great fun!
I am also looking forward to taking part in the next Friends of Fullarton clean up in Fullarton Woods on Sunday 23rd August. Litter picks are a simple but effective way for communities to come together and work for the common good. Fresh air, exercise, and family friendly – what better way is there of making such a worthwhile difference to your local areas and amenities?
It would be great to have a large number of volunteers on the day so please consider coming along to help. Gloves, litter pickers, tabards and refuse sacks will all be provided on the day, so all you need to do is bring yourself. Meet in the car park at 2pm.