It’s always a pleasure to meet local campaigners visiting Westminster, and this week there were two taking part in important campaigns.
Theresa Connor from Cumbernauld was taking part in the RCN (Royal College of Nursing) #scrapthecap campaign – calling on the UK government to stop the real terms cuts to public sector pay, and following the Scottish Government’s lead by scrapping the 1% pay cap.
I also met Sandy Taylor from Kirkintilloch who was supporting a protest and a petition to Downing Street calling for radical reform to the way shared space schemes are planned for, in order to make them safe and take account of the needs of partially sighted and blind people – as called for in a recent House of Commons Equalities Committee report. As many will know, SNP proposals to immediately reinstate the traffic lights at the scheme in Kirkintilloch were delayed because of a Lib Dem amendment.
If constituents and local campaigners are ever visiting London, I am always happy to meet with them if at all possible.