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:
- All my posts since May 2010 are available on the Blog section, including press releases and articles, replies to constituents on important issues, and my monthly newsletters.
- The Campaigns section contains information on the issues I’ve campaigned on the most since my election –Employment and Support Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, the Work Programme and the East Coast privatisation.
- You can find out more about me, my work in the constituency and my expenses in the About section.
I wish everyone all the best for the future,