Further measures to protect the population from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been announced by the First Minister today (Tuesday 22nd September) as Scotland faces an upsurge in cases.
On Wednesday, I took part in a debate on widening the access to vital medicines. The Scottish Government has significantly improved access to new medicines in recent years, and furthermore, are currently in the process of implementing recommendations from a review which will mean faster access to new treatments.
Dame Elish Angiolini is to review the processes for handling complaints against the police. The independent review, commissioned by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson MSP, and Lord Advocate James Wolffe, will look at how serious incidents and alleged misconduct are investigated. I took part in a Ministerial Statement announcing the launch of the review.
The Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee - which I chair - has published its report into sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct at Holyrood. I led a debate on its publication last week.
On the 13th June, I participated on a Ministerial Statement on the Scottish Government's response to the Intervention Report published by the Scottish Information Commissioner.
This week at Parliament, Clare took part in a Ministerial Statement announcing that the Scottish Government are to launch an enquiry into the impact of policing on communities during the miners' strike.
Today I questioned the First Minister on the Scottish Government's response to the imposition of steel tariffs on the EU by the USA. Within my question, I also cited Clydebridge Steel Plant which is based in my constituency.
Clare had the opportunity to highlight events that Universal Connections are holding in Cambuslang and Rutherglen, and Terminal One in Blnatyre to celebrate Year of the Young People.
It was a pleasure to take part in a debate today marking Volunteers’ Week – and it was a great opportunity to highlight some of the tremendous work undertaken by volunteers in my Rutherglen constituency. From Rutherglen and Cambuslang Foodbank, to R:evolve Recycle and Blantyre Soccer Academy, there are thousands of selfless people who give up their time which ensures that our communities continue to thrive.
Today at Parliament, I had the opportunity to question the Scottish Government on the community benefits to Cambuslang of the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service's National Training Centre being based in the town.