I spend the early part of the week in Westminster, which normally means I fly to London on Monday morning and back again on Thursday evening. Most of my staff are in Aberdeen and I keep in regular contact with my Aberdeen office.
A typical day in Westminster involves attending debates, meetings and committees
and also dealing with correspondence from constituents, groups or organisations who contact me. I also meet with representatives of local groups and organisations when they lobby parliament to express their views. Constituents also visit the Houses of Parliament on a fairly regular basis. A major part of an MP's duty is the scrutiny of the work of Government.
Currently, I have been appointed as the
Labour Member on the House of Commons Commission, which
supervises services in the House of Commons, see further details
Also, I have been appointed as Chair of
the Advisory Committee on Works of Art, see further information
As your MP:
- I vote in the Chamber on Bills, as
they progress through the House of
Commons. See all Bills
I sign Early Day Motions (EDM). EDMs provide an opportunity for MPs to put on record their opinion on issues of concern.
See the list of EDMs I have supported
I was interviewed in Westminster about the importance of
debates in the House of Commons, see the interview
Also see my interview about the rules of
MPs deliver many Speeches throughout their Parliamentary career but, with over 650 MPs in the House of Commons competition to speak in the Chamber is intense.
I am a member of various Parliamentary Groups
(see the separate page).