DEBATE ON SAFE INJECTION FACILITIES

Last week at Parliament, I had the opportunity to take part in a debate on safe injection facilities – otherwise referred to as drug consumption rooms. Such facilities have operated in Europe for the past three decades - where illicit drugs can be used under the supervision of trained staff.

TOPICAL QUESTION ON 2 SISTERS, CAMBUSLANG

On Tuesday at Parliament, I asked a Topical Question of the Scottish Government regarding their response to the closure of the 2 Sisters factory in Cambuslang. Replying to my question, the Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, committed to holding discussions with South Lanarkshire Council about setting up an Action Group – similar to what is being established in Annan regarding the proposed closure of a factory there.

COMMENT – AIR STRIKES IN SYRIA

We in the SNP unequivocally condemn the use of chemical weapons. However, it is not easy to see how this humanitarian crisis will be helped by air strikes. The UK must work with our partners across the international community to ensure a considered response, with a clear strategy, that enables proper investigation, prevents the development and use of chemical weapons, holds those responsible to account, and helps bring the war to a close.

CLARE HAUGHEY MSP PLEDGES TO #SAYNOTOPUPPYDEALERS

SNP MSP Clare Haughey has signed the pledge to #saynotopuppydealers in order to help combat illegal puppy farming and is urging others to do the same. On Monday 16th April the Scottish SPCA launched a joint campaign with the SNP Scottish Government, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, RSPCA, Battersea, Dogs Trust, University of Edinburgh, PAAG, Trading Standards Scotland, One Kind, Blue Cross and BSAVA, to put an end to the illegal puppy trade.

COMMENT – UPDATE ON 2 SISTERS, CAMBUSLANG

Following on from yesterday’s devastating news that the 2 Sisters factory in Cambuslang is set to close in August, I spoke with the Scottish Government’s Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy today to see what steps can now be taken. I have managed to secure an early meeting with the Minister, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, to discuss the way forward. Other stakeholders will also be invited to this discussion.