Monday

First day back at Westminster following the summer recess. Many important issues discussed, with the refugee crisis at the top of the agenda. In the Chamber, I made a speech discussing the EU referendum bill where I outlined the UK Government's mistakes.

"The Government has lost control of the timing of the referendum. They have lost control of the conduct of the referendum. They've been turned over on the question to be put on the ballot paper and all in the space of a few weeks. Their attempts to rush it through the House of Commons has not served it well."

You can watch my full speech on Parliament Live TV

Courtesy of Parliamentlive.tv

Courtesy of Parliamentlive.tv


Tuesday

I met with Sir Peter Bazalgette and Tim Kiddell to discuss the work of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation. I was also happy to accept their invitation to join their board of trustees and look forward to working with the Foundation over the coming months. 

Sir Peter Bazalgette and Tim Kiddell

Sir Peter Bazalgette and Tim Kiddell

Charandeep Singh, Michelle Thomson MP, Liz Cameron and Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP.

Charandeep Singh, Michelle Thomson MP, Liz Cameron and Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP.

It was a pleasure to meet Dean Riley and his son Michael. They dropped in on their way to Number 10 where Dean was being recognised for his services to the wonderful charity, MS Society. Congratulations Dean. Good to see the kilts proudly on display in Westminster.

Later on, I attended the Indian Chef of the Year launch in the Jubilee Room in Westminster. A special mention must go to Tommy Miah who has worked tirelessly to organise the event.


Wednesday

I made a few calls reminding people to #getsexy and #wearitpink next Thursday (17 September 2015) for Breast Cancer Now. It is a fantastic cause and a great excuse to wear my favourite colour! Thanks to my glamorous assistant, Anne McLaughlin MP.

This was the SNP's first full opposition day in the House of Commons. We used the platform to press the government on the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranian and Europe. 

Courtesy of Parliamentlive.tv

Courtesy of Parliamentlive.tv

"In 2001 the UK granted asylum to 31,641 people. Last year they granted 8,150. We have the capacity to help these people.
 
"The PM said today that he was putting 'no limit' on the first year. He also said he was 'glad' that the UK could exercise its sovereignty
 
"I have spent my political life arguing sovereignty for the Scottish people. I really do understand sovereignty and its importance.
 
"But having sovereignty is about having the right to choose, so that you don’t have to be ordered to do things. 
 
"We shouldn’t have to be ordered to do this. We should choose as a nation to do the right thing and support this motion."

You can watch my full speech on Parliament TV here.


Thursday

An early flight to Edinburgh to attend the Scottish Parliament for First Minister's Questions.

I was also pleased to hear that one of my constituents, John Schneider from Daviot, was recognised for his volunteering efforts the Community Path Volunteer of Year Award at this week’s Scottish Parliamentary reception ‘Celebrating Scotland's Walking Champions.’

Mr Schneider, from Daviot Community Trust, was nominated for the award after masterminding the planning and construction of a network of paths in his area to make the land accessible for the whole community. 

As well as congratulating Mr Schneider, I also lodged a motion to the Scottish Parliament to invite my fellow MSPs to commend him for his hard work. 


Friday

In the morning, I went along to Longside for the official opening of Alannah's Flower shop in Longside. A great florist in my constituency. 

With Alannah Wiggins and Steven Johnson at the opening of their new shop. Picture: Buchan Observer.

With Alannah Wiggins and Steven Johnson at the opening of their new shop. Picture: Buchan Observer.

Four of my constituents from Turra began their journey to Tanzania where they will climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Alzheimer Scotland. It is always great to see how far our local residents will go to raise money for good causes. 

You can still support them by visiting their JustGiving page

In the evening, I held surgeries in my office in Inverurie. Lot's of important issues discussed. As always, it was great to speak to so many people.