Trust in the Balance

Trust in the Balance A firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something. ‘relations have to be built on trust’ Over the past months in lockdown Arran resident islanders have grown in their trust of their relationships in our community. At least that is what it feels like: Everyone has helped, …

A tourism recovery taskforce for Scotland

New Tourism Taskforce Established Local MSP Kenneth Gibson reports on a new taskforce that has been set up by the Scottish government to help businesses affected by the pandemic. As we slowly ease out of lockdown, a new taskforce has been created by the SNP Government to consider and drive forward the recovery of Scotland’s …

Tory betrayal on food standards

A report from Patricia Gibson, MP for North Ayrshire and Arran Last week, I challenged Tory MP John Lamont in the Commons on National Farmers Union (NFU) fears and those of consumers, about the threat to food standards and safety.  I was astounded when he responded that the NFU “is spreading misinformation” about this important …

Free school meals extended over summer

A report by Kenneth Gibson MSP. Ahead of the official school holidays, the SNP Government has announced an additional £27.6 million to help feed pupils and other vulnerable people over the summer. Children eligible for free school meals are among those who will continue to be supported through funding that ensures councils are able to …

The Animals and Wildlife Bill

By Kenneth Gibson, MSP for Cunninghame North On 17 June I was pleased to vote in favour of the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill. Acting to stop animal cruelty is important to many people and I received hundreds of emails from constituents urging me to support specific amendments to the Bill. …

Degrowth: new roots for the economy

As long as our economy is dependent on growth, a recession will be devastating. Instead we need a planned, sustainable, and equitable downscaling of the economy. A letter from the Degrowth New Roots Collective, published in openDemocracy 13 May 2020 The Coronavirus pandemic has already taken countless lives and it is uncertain how it will …

The Future of Brodick Castle

Written by Kenneth Gibson, MSP On 11 May, the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), the country’s largest and oldest conservation charity, announced a series of emergency actions designed to ensure its survival during the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. Unfortunately, this announcement included placing 429 staff from its permanent workforce of 751 at risk of …