My sleeves are rolled up and I’m ready to go

Rutherglen Reformer - - Memory Lane - Com­mons Com­ment

A week is a long time in pol­i­tics. My elec­tion three weeks past feels like a life­time ago.

There’s been lit­tle time for cel­e­bra­tion. My du­ties started al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter the re­turn­ing of­fi­cer made the dec­la­ra­tion. I’ve wasted no time and have been work­ing hard to or­gan­ise surg­eries, staffing and my con­stituency of­fice.

Like any new job there’s been train­ing to com­plete, and my time spent in Lon­don has been a whirl­wind of work­shops, in­duc­tions and meet­ings to get up to speed. Whilst I’ve al­ready been work­ing hard at home help­ing con­stituents and at­tend­ing lo­cal events, things in Lon­don are set to step up a gear.

The state open­ing of Par­lia­ment is never a mod­est af­fair and like many of the other tra­di­tions at West­min­ster it has been ob­served for hun­dreds of years, largely un­changed.

This elab­o­rate cer­e­mony will see Queen El­iz­a­beth de­liver a speech out­lin­ing the leg­isla­tive plans for the par­lia­men­tary ses­sion ahead. Across the UK peo­ple will be wait­ing with baited breath to see ex­actly what this Tory Gov­ern­ment, buoyed by their slim ma­jor­ity, has in store for us.

One thing’s for sure - Tory poli­cies will con­tinue to hit the most vul­ner­a­ble in so­ci­ety.

I vis­ited Cam­bus­lang Food Bank re­cently and spoke to some of their fan­tas­tic vol­un­teers.

They re­layed sto­ries of real hard­ship, of peo­ple strug­gling to make ends meet de­spite work­ing full-time, and of de­cent folk pushed to choose be­tween heat­ing their home and feed­ing their fam­ily.

I worry about how many more fam­i­lies will be pushed be­low the bread­line by a gov­ern­ment so out of touch.

Whilst our MPs con­tinue to fight aus­ter­ity, there’s some­thing even more sin­is­ter ex­pected to be lurk­ing in the lines of the Queen’s Speech.

The Tories have com­mit­ted them­selves to scrap­ping the Hu­man Rights Act. We need only take a look at a few of the ar­ti­cles to un­der­stand not only why, but why we must do ev­ery­thing in our power to stop the re­peal.

Ear­lier this month I vis­ited the Cam­bus­lang Her­itage Group’s event at Cam­bus­lang In­sti­tute.

It was fas­ci­nat­ing to see pho­to­graphs of the area over the decades. The pic­tures told a tale of change, and of much progress.

The qual­ity of life we now en­joy mustn’t be taken for granted.

For me, the ex­hi­bi­tion un­der­lined the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing ad­vance­ments in so­cial jus­tice made over the years.

I look for­ward to hold­ing the Tories to ac­count in my new role as SNP Spokesper­son on the Scot­land Of­fice, and scru­ti­n­is­ing the con­tent con­tained within the new Scot­land Bill.

Dur­ing my elec­tion cam­paign I promised to be a strong lo­cal voice, and to speak up for Scot­land. I in­tend to do ex­actly that over the com­ing weeks and months.

To those who placed their trust in me at the bal­lot box, I prom­ise not to let you down. To those who didn’t, I hope I can earn your trust.

There’s much hard work to be done over the next five years, but my sleeves are rolled up and I’m ready to go.

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