09 Mar 2015
March 9, 2015

A real Scottish Labour Party?

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Yesterday’s Sunday Herald reported that the Camelon Labour Club in my constituency of Falkirk has applied to trademark: “The Scottish Labour Party”. The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is still considering the application, which was submitted in December. It’s an imaginative move. Dennis Goldie and May McIntyre (my office manager and long-time colleague), highly-respected Labour figures of huge.. read more →

03 Mar 2014
March 3, 2014

Falkirk folk on the Ukraine

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Over the weekend, I’ve been talking to Falkirk (the largest constituency in Scotland by population, by the way, and very representative of public opinion across Scotland and the UK) area folk about the Ukraine. Here are two messages they’ve been consistently coming up with. First, whether or not they’re a supporter of independence they’ve been.. read more →

28 Oct 2013
October 28, 2013

Stephen Deans’ resignation

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Grangemouth is moving into a phase where 1600 jobs at Ineos, and the many thousands more in the local supply chain, are more secure than they have been for years.  What workers need now is decent, intelligent representation. For now, Stephen Deans’ resignation was inevitable, and it’s a shame anyone has to lose their job,.. read more →

07 Sep 2013
September 7, 2013

Falkirk West: Constituency Unite Party?

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Here are a few thoughts in the wake of Labour’s apparent decision on Falkirk West that no rules have been broken by anyone connected to Unite, or anyone else, ever, capisce? The local complaints about Unite amongst Labour members were initially that the Scottish Chair of Unite, Stephen Deans, who became chair of Falkirk West.. read more →

08 Jul 2013
July 8, 2013

Falkirk Labour; a couple of facts

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Worth commenting, I think, on John Harris’ and Owen Jones’ pieces in, respectively, the Guardian and Independent, today. Harris’ thoughtful Guardian piece refers to declining membership in Constituency Labour Parties like Falkirk across the UK. I don’t know about elsewhere, but in 1999 when I was CLP Secretary in Falkirk West paid-up membership was around.. read more →

David Blunkett has today called for the Labour Party’s report on Falkirk to be released.  I hope he’s listened to, and in short order. The report, I’m guessing, includes a simple analysis and cross-referencing of names and addresses to see if people who’ve been signed-up are actually present at the addresses given.  In addition, there’ll.. read more →

07 Nov 2009
November 7, 2009

Remembrance in Falkirk and Denny

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I’m privileged to be laying wreaths at remembrance day ceremonies in my constituency tomorrow – in Falkirk and Denny.  All politicians of all parties will be doing the same thing. It’s the only profound thing we do.  I’m looking at the wreaths now and just thinking about how this week serves as a reminder of how decent people are.   As the.. read more →

03 Nov 2009
November 3, 2009

FKUK: Local and Global

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I’m a member of the UK board of Globe International. We’re essentially an international group of legislators who seek to ensure that our governments aim as high as possible on the green agenda.  Most recently, we met in Copenhagen in the run-up to COP15 where Prime Minister Rassmussen of Denmark stressed his determination to keep pressing ahead despite the scale of the.. read more →

25 Oct 2009
October 25, 2009

My New Office in Denny

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Thanks to  all who’ve written over the last couple of years to suggest that I establish an office in the Western part of my Falkirk Constituency. While quite a few Scottish MPs have two offices (and one has three), I’ve always thought it would be too expensive to do this. My main office is in.. read more →