Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Right to Vote

“The proudest day of granny’s life was when the vote was won. “The papers said it’s over; but gran had just begun. “Her women’s committee went on to organise, “And challenged – the union- the council and their lies.   “Granny was a suffragette...

To savour each day

Remembering my friend Gordon Aikman   The 2nd of February 2017 was a Thursday and the Labour group in the Scottish Parliament was about to have a rare evening group meeting to discuss how we’d vote on Article 50. I was on the agenda to lead the discussion in the hope...

Saving Scotland’s Tied Pubs

Pubs are a great place for socialising, relaxing at the end of a long working day or even a good place to spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon in. Whether it’s a night spent down your local with a pie and a pint, or a tourist on a whisky tour of Scotland’s most...

Time to revisit rape clause

Following Esther McVey’s appointment as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, there’s a real opportunity to revisit the issue of the horrific rape clause. That’s the Tory policy of making women who have a third or subsequent child as a consequence of a rape fill...

On Party loyalty and doing the right thing

When Michael Fallon put his hand on Julia Hartley-Brewer’s knee, she reportedly lifted it off and told him that if he did it again she’d punch him in the face. In so doing she lived true to the sprightly and forthright nature we know her so well for. But that moment...