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With Councillor McAllan and his daughters Eilidh and Mairi


I attended Biggar Agricultural Show on Saturday with Biggar Councillor Ian McAllan.

Hosted every year by the Biggar Farmers Club, and bursting with livestock, poultry and equine classes, craft marquees, Highland dancing, dog shows, food fairs and more, the show is always a highlight of the local calendar.

It is always a privilege to attend and, as always, I very much enjoyed having a stall and speaking with visitors. It was a terrific day out for farmers and visitors alike.

Farming is the backbone of the Clydesdale economy, and it is great to see it at its best. Huge congratulations to all the competitors and winners!

Councillor McAllan also congratulates all the participants taking part.

Alternative sites

Gartcosh is the preferred site for a new Monklands hospital


NHS Lanarkshire this week launched a consultation to seek the public’s views on the replacement or refurbishment of Monklands Hospital.

And there will be a public meeting in Carluke in September for Clydesdale people to give their opinions.

Last month stakeholders looked at four options – ongoing maintenance of the current hospital in Airdrie, a refurbishment of the current hospital, a new hospital on the existing site or a new hospital in either Gartcosh Business Interchange or Drumshangie Moss near Glenmavis.

The Gartcosh option scored highest among the participants - public and patient representatives, NHS Lanarkshire staff and key partners such as the Scottish Ambulance Service - and a subsequent financial analysis of all the proposals,has confirmed a new hospital at Gartcosh as the highest scoring option.

The consultation, running until 15 October, will now give the public, patients, carers, NHS Lanarkshire staff and many other stakeholders across Lanarkshire and the wider West of Scotland the chance to share their views at public meetings and through other channels.

NHS Lanarkshire’s Board will then consider the feedback before deciding a preferred option for the outline business case for the future of the hospital.

NHS Lanarkshire are urging as many people as possible to take part in the consultation by attending public meetings and completing the questionnaire in the consultation document.

The Carluke meeting is at 6.30pm on 11 September 2018- Lifestyles Carluke, Carnwath Road, Carluke; there is also a further meeting on 19 September 2018 in the Lecture Theatre, Ronald Miller Centre, Wishaw General.


For the consultation report, see



I announced the funding at a visit to Pilton Youth and Children’s Project which will provide

activities for 250 children this summer.


One of my first acts as Communities Secretary was to announce funding to ensure more children will have access to healthy and nutritious food during the school holidays.

Children’s charity Cash for Kids is being granted £150,000 to help local community organisations support children during the school holidays with activities and access to meals.

The funding is the first allocation of £1 million over the next two years to tackle food insecurity outside of term time.

This is part of the £1.5 million Fair Food Fund, which supports projects that help people to access healthy, nutritious food through community based activities and support.

In a country as prosperous as Scotland, no child should be going hungry. We already offer free school meals to all pupils in P1 to 3 and families on low incomes, but we know that costs can often rise during the school holidays and it can be a struggle for families to provide affordable healthy and nutritious food as well as fun activities for children every day.

Earlier this year we announced an additional £1 million from the Fair Food Fund will be available over the next two years to tackle food insecurity during the school holidays.

I’m pleased that one of my first acts as Cabinet Secretary was to announce that Cash for Kids will be the first recipients of this fund to support their holiday activity. What they do makes a real difference to the lives of children – and their families – across the country.



drop in

Broadband is critical to communities and businesses in every part of Clydesdale.

The Scottish Government has taken action to ensure Scotland is better connected, committing £600 million to ‘Reaching 100%’, to deliver superfast broadband to every part of Scotland by 2021.

We know many in Clydesdale have a keen interest in developing broadband for our rural communities.

I am delighted to be welcoming Digital Scotland to Carluke on Monday July 23rd for a drop-in event, where you can come along and find information about the work being done to bring broadband closer to everyone. Our event takes place 4-6pm at Carluke Lifestyles.


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon with her new cabinet


It is a privilege to be have been appointed by the First Minister as the new Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government.

My new role will lead the Scottish Government’s work to tackle poverty and inequality and, in partnership with councils, take forward plans to reform local governance.

I look forward to the work ahead, and I am delighted to be working alongside great ministerial colleagues.



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