Jo’s murder has left us all shaken
The brutal and shocking murder of Labour MP, Jo Cox, has shaken people and politicians everywhere.
Jo was doing what can be the most satisfying part of our job as elected representatives - working in her constituency and being accessible to her constituents.
As a mum and a newly elected MSP I can hardly imagine what her family are going through.
My heartfelt condolences go out to them, her friends and her Labour Party colleagues.
Being accessible is an essential part of our democracy and it has been good to meet constituents at my recent surgeries and work to address the issues and concerns they have raised with me.
In parliament I am privileged to have been selected to serve on two parliamentary committees. As deputy convenor on the Health and Sport Committee my background as a mental health nurse will benefit the important work the committee will be undertaking.
I will also be working on the Standards and Procedures Committee which manages parliamentary proceedings and the Code of Conduct for MSPs.
There has been some concern of late about GP numbers and I had the opportunity to query the Scottish Government on this subject.
The health minister, Shona Robison was able to confirm to me that Scotland continues to have the most GPs per head of population in the UK.
The government will continue to work with family doctors and their representatives to help meet the challenges the profession faces over workload and recruitment in certain areas.
IVF treatment is another issue I was able to raise at First Ministers` Questions last week.
Couples desperate to start a family and who have been struggling to conceive face a difficult and distressing time.
That’s why I am pleased that the First Minister was able to confirm to me that the government will work to change the eligibility criteria to widen the number of people who can benefit from this vital treatment.
This Thursday Scotland and the UK will make a momentous decision that will determine our future as part of the European Union.
As a trade unionist, one of the reasons I will be voting to remain is the threat a leave vote poses to fairness and equality in the workplace.
Last week I led a debate in the chamber welcoming the 42,000 increase in trade union membership in Scotland in one year.
Many of the benefits and rights in the workplace we all currently enjoy have been enhanced and underpinned by EU legislation.
However, these rights, which our trade unions have fought hard for over the years, are under threat from this Tory government’s anti-worker agenda – which is why Scotland’s membership of the European Union has never been so important.
Following the debate I produced a video for the SNP Remain campaign urging trade unionists across Scotland to back remaining in the EU to help preserve workers’ rights in the face of the Tory government’s plan to dismantle them.
Please do use your vote on Thursday. Scotland’s voice needs to be heard
I can hardly imagine what her family are going through
Clare Haughey Jo was doing what can be the most satisfying part of our jobs
Tragic The murder of Jo Cox MP has shaken politicians across the UK