It wasn't a surprise that we started the new parliamentary term with an Urgent Question on Brexit. However the answer I received to my question during this session was quite amazing. Raab said that the UK government's ability to consult the Scottish government will be constrained by Article 50 timetable which "is not of our choosing". Really? Who set the withdrawal date in law despite all the opposition parties arguing it would create inflexibility? Watch it here.
There's also a lot of discussion about a "People's Vote" on Europe. This month I used my Edinburgh Evening News column to set out my three tests for another referendum. You can read it here.
I was honoured to meet Dr Martin Stern MBE, a Holocaust survivor, with Deidre Brock MP at the launch event for Holocaust Memorial Day 2019.The experiences of survivors such as Martin remind us about the importance of marking Holocaust Memorial Day – a day when we remember the millions of people who were affected by the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.
September was blood cancer awareness month and I was pleased to catch up with the folks at Anthony Nolan. They provided some useful stats about how many people in Edinburgh East are signed up to the stem cell register. Thank you to all 1622 of you. If you're aged 16-30 and are interested in joining the register, you can find out more here.
It was Cabinet Office questions earlier in the month and there really is only one topic to ask about. What's concerning is that the UK government doesn't seem to know if a no deal Brexit will have any implications for common frameworks. There's a real danger they'll use Brexit chaos to force through UK wide arrangements to constrain Scottish government. Watch it here.
Time is running out for many of Edinburgh's small businesses. Today I've written to the Chancellor asking for additional emergency assistance for our hospitality sector through the COVID-19 epidemic.