Serious action is needed to tackle the distressing issue of nuisance calls
In the last week, a business based in Cambuslang Investment Park was handed the biggest ever fine from the Information Commissioner for nuisance calls.
On the very same day, I hosted a Scottish Parliament debate on the issue.
We will all be familiar with these calls disturbing our evenings and time spent with family.
For those living alone, especially older members of the community, repeated calls can be incredibly distressing.
Reading comments made by those suffering from this harassment, it is clear that serious action is needed.
Stories about elderly people waiting for a call from the hospital or family can feel very scared from answering their own phone.
In Holyrood, I called on the Scottish Government to publish an action plan to highlight exactly what they can do to tackle this issue which affects a huge number of my constituents.
It goes without saying that the Government should be doing all that they can to stand up for the most vulnerable in society.
That’s why I was so disturbed by allegations surrounding Michelle Thomson, an MP who until last week was a member of the SNP.
Ms Thomson’s lawyer was revealed to have been struck off for personal misconduct involving her property deals.
Stories of vulnerable families losing out for the financial gain of others deeply troubled me, not least given the prominent position the MP held within the SNP, setting their policy for business.
Vulnerable people were taken advantage of as their homes were snapped up at knock down prices: that simply is not right.
T in the Park
In front of committee last week was the culture secretary Fiona Hyslop, who faced questions surrounding the Government’s decision to award T in the Park £150,000 of state aid.
Not only is this a staggeringly high sum of money, the company which owns DF Concerts who run the festival, is hugely profitable.
At a time when right here in Rutherglen and Cambuslang we see our council’s budget being slashed and the most vulnerable suffering a result, I continue to be astonished by the SNP’s attitude to giving out money to successful music festivals while voting against Labour’s proposal to raise taxes to pay for education.
Interestingly enough, Ms Hyslop’s personal relationship with the PR official behind the bid for state aid has come under question.
Not least because the individual in question is a former adviser and was a prospective candidate for the SNP in next year’s election, who has received endorsements from Ms Hyslop.
Questions remain as to why public money was handed over to an event that runs at a profit and also how this arrangement was set up.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Credit must go to the bakers who delivered a delicious coffee morning at Stonelaw Church last week.
It was an impressive line-up of yummy goods and great to see the community coming together for such a worthwhile cause.
I certainly needed the energy from the cakes for this weekend. On Sunday I ran the Half Marathon in Glasgow.
Having missed the event for the past two years it was good to put the running shoes back on again.
Born to run James Kelly MSP completed the Great Scottish Run at the weekend