THE past two years have undoubtedly been difficult for many people. I hope 2022 brings a fresh start for those who need it and that it is a happy and healthy time for you and your loved ones.

Last year, I had the honour of being elected as one of your regional MSPs. And being an East Lothian resident, it is extra special to be able to represent my own community.

Since then, I have campaigned for the reinstatement of the X5 bus service and the reopening of North Berwick’s Edington Cottage Hospital. I have met with local business owners in Tranent, Pencaitland, Haddington, Dunbar, Gullane and Dirleton and encouraged East Lothian residents to shop local and support small businesses in the area.

I’ve met with local charities such as Leuchie House, the Ridge Project, Volunteer Centre East Lothian, Abbotsford House, Lammermuir Larder and many others, and I have been out and about in Tranent, Longniddry, Gullane, Port Seton, Gifford and East Linton going door-to-door and speaking to residents about their thoughts and concerns.

I hope that in continuing to reach out to local people, businesses and charities, and using this platform to champion local issues, I will be an accessible MSP who is there for anyone in need.

Looking ahead to 2022, I intend to conduct virtual surgeries every Monday and Friday over the next two months and hope to open my constituency office in East Lothian very soon. I will continue to go door-to-door to hear from residents. These street surgeries are, I believe, essential. It is a great way for me to find out what is going on in your communities and to give me insight into the areas where I should be focussed.

In the meantime, please do feel free to get in touch with me at

Very best wishes for the year ahead.