I spent the early part of the week in Westminster, which normally meant I
travelled to London on Sunday or Monday morning and back again
on Thursday evening. Most of my staff were in Aberdeen and I
kept in regular contact with my Aberdeen office.
A typical day in Westminster involved attending debates, meetings, committees
and also dealing with correspondence from constituents, groups or organisations who contacted me. I also met with representatives of local groups and organisations when they lobbied parliament to express their views. Constituents also visited 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.
I was 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 the MP for Aberdeen North:
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).