Thank you

As many of you will now know, following last week’s election I am no longer the MP for Edinburgh East. Thank you to everyone who campaigned and voted for me – it really is very much appreciated!

I’d also like to thank all the people who I’ve come into contact during my time as MP. Between 2010 and 2015 I helped over 6,000 people with problems like tax credits and pensions, and replied to nearly 10,000 emails, letters and phone calls about issues from phone hacking to arms sales. I also got behind community campaigns like those to save Castlebrae High School, stop a biomass power station being built in Leith, and prevent an oversupply of student accommodation in the Southside.

It’s been a real honour and privilege to represent everyone in Edinburgh East – regardless of how people vote – over the last five years.

Undeniably last week’s result was very bad for my party both in Scotland and across the UK, and it will take time for us to examine what went wrong and rebuild for the future. However I think it’s always important to recognise that – despite the strength of our disagreement over the constitution – there is much more that unites us on the left in Scotland than divides us. We must not lose sight of this, or we all be poorer.

For now I’m going to keep this website as resource:

I wish everyone all the best for the future,



Thursday is polling day!

Now is your chance to vote for a hardworking local representative and a Labour Party committed to creating a fairer and more equal society.

Since 2010 I’ve helped over 6,000 people when they’ve had problems with things like tax credits or pensions, and replied to nearly 10,000 calls, letters and emails about issues ranging from cuts to disability benefits to arms sales.

I’ve also got behind community campaigns like those to save Castlebrae High School, secure the Number 60 for Dumbiedykes residents, and help pensioners across the constituency get wet floor showers .

My party and I believe that Scotland does well when hard working families do well. A Labour Government would:

  • Raise the minimum wage to over £8 an hour
  • Introduce a Mansion Tax to fund 1,000 more nurses in Scotland
  • Guarantee jobs for all under 25s out of work for a year
  • Ban exploitative zero hour contracts
  • Abolish the Bedroom Tax
  • Tackle climate change by decarbonising our electricity supply
  • Continue to spend 0.7 of national income on aid
  • Allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in all elections

As your MP I have been a strong voice in Parliament with a proven record, and I want to continue that work over the next five years. I hope I can count on your support.