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June Newsletter - Text Only Version

Published date : 29 May, 2024

Richard Thomson MP

Gordon Parliamentary Newsletter – June 2024

A message from Richard Thomson MP

Hello and welcome to my June Parliamentary report, which due to the UK General Election being called for July 4 will be my final report for this Parliamentary term.

The dissolution of Parliament means that my team and I are now restricted in what we can do to represent people over the election period. However, in line with official guidance, we are still available to deal with existing casework and genuinely urgent new matters.

Please get in touch if my team or I can assist you, by emailing [email protected] or calling 020 3545 2236.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Thomson

In Westminster

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill

This bill returned to the Commons over the issue of problems in the ‘secondary ticketing’ or ticket resale market.

Under pressure, the Government changed its position slightly. However, I continued to stress the need for stronger measures to address inflated prices and the risk of people buying tickets which fail to grant them entry to their event.

Post - Prime Minister’s Questions panel on Sky News

I appeared on Sky News after PMQs on 15th May, where issues around law and order had dominated after a pre-election speech that the Prime Minister had made earlier in the week. In his speech, he had tried to brand his opponents as being ‘weak’ on security, and in the case of supporters of Scottish Independence, even branding them as ‘extremists’.

I stressed that the Prime Minister choosing to smear the nearly 50% of who support independence for Scotland in this way raised serious questions over his judgement and fitness for office.

Youth Mobility European Commission Scheme

I asked the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he’d had with Cabinet colleagues about the potential impact of the European Commission’s proposal for a youth mobility scheme on young people in Scotland. The current UK Government has let young people down badly in this area - the next one needs to do so much better!

Business and Trade Questions

The plastics industry employs around 155,000 employees and has an annual turnover of £28.7 billion, so getting the detail of any new plastic packaging tax right is crucial. Despite consulting on this in July 2023, the UK Government has still to publish its findings. After receiving representations from the industry, I challenged the Government to publish its findings.

When Will Promised Brexit Benefits Materialise?

Boris Johnson claimed in 2017 that the UK was "first in line" for a post-Brexit trade deal with the United States. Despite negotiations starting in May 2020, no progress has been made since October of that year.

I asked the Secretary of State which she expected to come first - a trade deal with the US, or the ‘Brexit benefit’ of pint bottles of champagne to toast it with?

Uniting UK Shipping

I attended the UK Chamber of Shipping’s Parliamentary Reception, which provided a valuable opportunity to engage with industry professionals. The Chamber launched a document outlining its priorities for the next government: fostering innovative high-skilled jobs; leading in decarbonising shipping; and helping to deliver long-term prosperity.

Across the Constituency

Ellon Men’s Shed

This month, I made a return visit to the Ellon Men’s Shed on their annual open day. It was great to see how they have continued to improve their facilities.

The Ellon Men’s Shed has workshops, social areas and a garden, allowing for a variety of activities to take place. For more information, visit ellonmensshed.org

Take a Break Grant Applications

In May, applications opened for the ‘Take a Break’ Grant, which aims to support unpaid carers’ quality of life by providing cash grants to allow them to access much-needed short breaks that fit around their caring commitments.

The grant is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by the Family Fund charity, with which I organised an advice event last year at Gordon Rural Action in Huntly.

I would strongly encourage anyone who may be eligible to apply as soon as possible, as applications close 24 June.

Click here to find out more about the ‘Take a Break’ Grant

Glen Garioch Distillery Visit

In May, I was given a tour of the Glen Garioch Distillery in Oldmeldrum by Assistant Visitor Centre Manager Catherine Housely.

Millions of pounds have been invested to bring back traditional practices such as floor malting and direct firing, all while reducing the distillery’s environmental impact.

It was a privilege to see first-hand the investment which has been made. I wish the staff at the distillery every success in the future.

Coeliac Awareness Month

May is Coeliac Awareness Month. Coeliac affects at least 1 in every 100 people in the UK and is a condition that causes someone’s immune system to attack their own tissues when they eat gluten. This damages an individual’s gut, making it more difficult for their body to take in nutrients. Coeliac can also pose significant long-term health complications.

I am proud to support Coeliac UK and PLMR Healthcomms’s campaign to raise awareness of Coeliac and how it can impact people across the UK. It is important that we raise awareness of this disease, as it can affect peoples lives in a multitude of ways.

If you believe you are suffering from Coeliac disease and you have not been diagnosed, I strongly recommend that you contact your GP.

Link to Early Day Motion (751) signed by Richard Thomson MP

4 July 2024 UK General Election

The Prime Minister has called a General Election for 4 July 2024. This means I will no longer be the Member of Parliament for Gordon after the dissolution of Parliament, which happens on 30 May, and will only be allowed to deal with existing cases or urgent matters until the election.

It has been an incredible privilege to be able to represent Gordon since 2019 as your Member of Parliament. I hope that I have represented the area as you would have wished, and that if you ever contacted me or needed my help, that my office team and I were able to assist you.

Boundary changes mean that Gordon is losing its Aberdeen City areas to the Aberdeen North seat, while gaining Turriff & District and part of Central Buchan. The new Aberdeenshire seat will be called Gordon and Buchan, which I will contest in the upcoming election.

With best wishes,

Richard Thomson

In the News

Politics: Individual volunteering efforts are crucial for our communities

https://www.grampianonline.co.uk/news/politics-individual-volunteering-efforts-are-crucial-for-ou-351212/

Gordon MP hears of exciting new developments at visit to Glen Garioch Distillery

https://www.richardthomsonmp.com/2024/05/gordon-mp-hears-of-exciting-new-developments-at-visit-to-glen-garioch-distillery

Huntly MP urges public to have their say on Minor Injuries Unit at town drop-in event

https://www.richardthomsonmp.com/2024/05/huntly-mp-urges-public-to-have-their-say-on-minor-injuries-unit-at-town-drop-in-event


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