Category Archives: January

Visit From St Mary’s Primary School

Last week St Mary’s Primary School in Dunblane came to visit the Parliament. Part of the visit involves the opportunity to speak with some of their MSPs.

In attendance were my Colleagues Willie Rennie, Murdo Fraser and Keith Brown. I think they will all agree that these pupils presented some excellent questions. They were well informed – questioning independence, MSP pay, job satisfaction and a variety of other concepts. All-in-all it made for a very interesting debate.

I thank St Mary’s for what was a very good visit and encourage any other schools in my Region to come and visit.



Scottish Labour’s Dr Simpson has called on the Deputy Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Health Committee to resign unless he is prepared to withdraw his deliberately misleading motion and accompanying SNP press release which is completely odds with Labour’s motion condemning the privatisation of the NHS.  

Speaking following making a Point of Order in the Scottish Parliament on the issue, Scottish Labour’s Shadow Public Health Minister, Dr Richard Simpson MSP, said:  


“This is an appalling slur from the SNP and one of the worst I have ever seen. Bob Doris has abused Parliament and abused his position as Deputy Convener of the Health Committee in his cavalier disregard for truth.  

“In actual fact, Labour, supported by UNISON, used an opposition day debate in the House of Commons earlier this week to condemn the Tory-led government’s plans to massively increase private involvement in the NHS in England.


“This not just an SNP MSP getting their facts wrong, this is a deliberate misrepresentation of Labour’s position and he should apologise.  

“Bob Doris should either withdraw this grossly inaccurate motion or resign as Deputy Convener of the Health Committee.” 


Dr Richard Simpson has this evening written to the Presiding Office calling for changes to the admissibility criteria for parliamentary motions so that in future inaccurate motion cannot be tabled.


Make a trip to the Blood Transfusion Service this Christmas to give someone the gift of life. That is the appeal from Scottish Labour MSP Dr Richard Simpson who has worked in the NHS for over three decades.

Every minute of every day someone in Scotland is receiving blood as part of a life-saving or life-enhancing treatment. However, only 5% of Scots are active blood donors.

The Blood Transfusion Service in Scotland needs 5,000 donations each week to keep stocks at safe levels.

Dr Simpson’s call comes as earlier this winter the Service had to issue an urgent appeal for those in blood groups “O” and “B” to come forward.

Labour MSP and Shadow Minister for Public Health, Dr Richard Simpson, said:

“I have seen myself how vital donated blood is in hospitals. There is no adequate substitute and it saves lives.

“Only five per cent of 17 to 65 year olds are currently registered as blood donors. I would call on those who have been donors in the past and who haven’t given for a while, and also those who have never considered making a donation, to do so now.

“It does not take long, and that valuable time spent giving blood can help save a life.

“There is an on-going demand for blood from the Health Service, but donations are particularly important at this time of year when people have many other demands on their time it is easy to forget to go to a regular donation session.

“I’m appealing to everyone who qualifies to consider making a donation during the festive season, as by doing so they are giving the gift of life. What better gift could there be at this time of year?”