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.



Christmas Break

My Constituency Office will be closed for the Christmas break from 4.30pm on Tuesday, 23rd December 2014.  The office will reopen at 9.30am on Monday, 5th January 2015. During this time phone calls and emails to my staff will not be answered.

If your enquiry is urgent please email me at

May I take the opportunity to wish all my constituents a peaceful festive break.

Best wishes



Job Vacancy: Policy Correspondence Caseworker

I’m looking to recruit a bright and enthusiastic member of staff to work in my Westminster Office. The successful candidate will have responsibility for collating emails, letters and phone calls that raise policy issues, and then drafting up, sending out and recording responses.

The drafting process will often involve using sources such as the House of Commons Library or the Parliamentary Research Service – a pooled research facility open to Labour MPs. However a small amount of research will be required for more personalised correspondence, and the postholder will be able to identify particularly urgent or sensitive cases that need to be escalated.

An interest in news and current affairs is essential for this role. The successful candidate will also be sympathetic to the aims and values of the Labour Party, but parliamentary experience is not necessary.

The postholder will be line managed by the Parliamentary Assistant in the Westminster Office. They will receive a full programme of induction training and ongoing support.

The successful candidate will be able to use Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. Training will be provided to use CfL Caseworker, on which all casework is recorded.

Normal days of work will be Monday-Thursday, but there is a degree of flexibility over this.

Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO). See Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO) page for further info.

Salary: £15,200 for 4 days per week (pro rata from £19,000 which is in line with the relevant IPSA pay scale)

How to apply: Please send a CV (maximum two pages) and covering letter (maximum one page) to by 19 January 2013. All applications will be acknowledged. Interviews will be in the afternoon of Thursday 30 January. The successful candidate will hopefully start in mid-February.