Towers pass safety checks across area
It has now been over a month since I had the honour to be elected MP for Coatbridge, Chryston & Bellshill.
It has been 21 days since the tragedy in Grenfell Tower, Kensington, which shook the nation when so many lives were lost due to poor fire safety and unsuitable cladding.
I trust I speak for the whole constituency when I say that we stand with Grenfell.
After the event I visited many of the high-rise flats in the constituency talking to the residents about any issues they have in their own tenancies.
I was determined to ensure that all checks were carried out and North Lanarkshire Council has now done so.
All safety checks have been carried out in all tower blocks and all have passed fire safety tests.
I’ve now made my maiden speech in the House of Commons. I chose to focus on the issues that affect the people of Coatbridge, Chryston & Bellshill.
I spoke about the fact that, here in Lanarkshire, we were once one of the industrial powerhouses of Britain.
People from near and far would travel to Coatbridge and the surrounding areas looking for quality work – now that the work has gone we have had nothing to replace it.
Our once-great area is now rife with zero-hour contracts, rogue landlords and unemployment: only a Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn can make the changes we need.
They say that a week is a long time in politics and Theresa May has proven just that. It seems that with every day that goes by the Conservative government reach a new level of hypocrisy.
While risking peace in Northern Ireland, Mrs May has ensured her minority government can continue to decimate workers’ rights and slash the vital public services we the people pay for.
The Labour party are no longer the Opposition in Westminster – we are the government-in-waiting.
It is only a matter of time until the divisions between the DUP and backbench Conservative MPs arise and when they do we will be ready to lead.
Within the constituency we have both good news and bad news.
I am happy to announce that the GBS recycling plant that was causing the infestation of flies throughout the area has now been closed as a result of a Sepa review.
The unfortunate story is that the proposed CoGen plant in Carnbroe seeks to alter existing permission and increase the amount processed at the plant from 180,000 to 256,000 tonnes per year.
If this goes ahead, the area will see a rise in traffic from 50 to 104 vehicle trips per day to and from the site.
Safety first Dunbeth Tower, along with all the others across North Lanarkshire, have passed fire checks