This month I presented Edinburgh East's WASPI petition to parliament alongside my SNP colleagues presenting petitions from across Scotland. In the past month, there has rightly been a focus on refugees, the demolition of the 'Jungle' camp at Calais, the offensive in Mosul and the ongoing crisis in Aleppo. I am concerned about some of the rhetoric we're seeing around refugees and want to take this opportunity to express the overwhelming view of my constituents: refugees are welcome here in Edinburgh and I'll do all I can to ensure that message is heard.
During October the SNP had two opposition day debates. One of these focused on reforming the House of Lords and in particular, the plans to decrease the number of elected MPs whilst increasing the number of un-elected members of the Lords - you can watch my speech from the debate here. There is also a public consultation taking place on the proposed boundary changes (including to Edinburgh East) - find out more here.