Westminster Comment - Setting up shop

I’ve been extremely busy in Westminster and the constituency over the last few weeks.

Setting up an office to ensure that I can deal with constituent’s queries and problems is going well and I’ll hopefully have this completed over the next few weeks – If I’ve not responded to your email or letter, be rest assured I’m working my way through hundreds of them and nobody will be ignored.

The Scotland Bill has been on the agenda at Westminster this week, and my colleagues and I have been arguing for more powers for Scotland, so that we can control a suitable and fit-for-purpose welfare system that benefits those in need. It’s really important that the most vulnerable in our society aren’t hit hardest with the UK Government’s austerity plans and only by devolving welfare powers will we be able to protect them.

My colleague Kirsty Blackman MP secured an adjournment debate in Westminster on the Aberdeen City Deal – this is really important as we’ll be able to hear from the UK Government on their plans for the deal, and need to be clear that Aberdeenshire should benefit from this investment – it’s a joint venture between the two Councils and I’ll be joining my colleagues in making sure we get the best deal for everyone in Aberdeenshire.

I was able to ask a question of the Energy Minister this week too, and was happy that the UK Government have listened to the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, after she called for investment in to exploration in the North Sea. The North Sea is vital to the Aberdeenshire economy, and I want to see this grow over the next few years. It is really important to see continued investment in to the North Sea, so I look forward to hearing more from the Minister about what the UK Government will do to ensure the North East isn’t left behind.

Over the next week I’m looking forward to hosting a joint surgery with Dennis Robertson MSP in Durris, and I’ll be joining him in visiting the Falls of Feugh too. I’ll also be meeting with employers and constituents to discuss a range of issues from broadband to oil & gas, and look forward to positive discussions that will help to grow the North East’s economy.

As ever, I’m always willing to help with any issues you may have so please do not hesitate to get in contact with my office. The best way to get in contact is through email – stuart.donaldson.mp@parliament.uk.