It’s been a busy month in Parliament, working hard to hold the SNP Scottish Government to account. I have spoken in two very important debates recently. The first was supporting the people in Afghanistan. It was incredibly important to me that I discussed the threats to women, their education, futures and rights that the recent takeover by the Taliban has brought. In the second debate, I called out the SNP for their failings in social security and reducing poverty and deprivation and talked about the levers that create a fairer society: better health care, a good education system, stable employment and affordable housing.
Owing to my position on Parliament’s Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee, this month we’ve heard evidence from various organisations about a legislative ban on conversion therapy. I asked questions to witnesses about making sure that religious and minority groups are included when discussing the ban on conversion therapy. We also discussed gender recognition reform and the impact of Covid-19 on equality and human rights.
After my election, I was very grateful to be appointed as the Shadow Minister for Further and Higher Education, Youth Employment and Training. This month, I attended the University of Glasgow’s Court’s Strategy Day to discuss the challenges facing students and strategic plans for the university’s future. I also had the opportunity to participate in a Glasgow University Union debate, which helped me to connect with new students entering the world of higher education.
I also met the University of the West of Scotland leadership team at their annual stakeholder meeting to hear about the university’s performance and their recent successes. It was fantastic to learn how the university was helping its students and providing quality education.
I am delighted to be out visiting businesses and local groups in my region, including Milngavie in Bloom, and seeing the great work and positive impact that they have on our local community. I also attended the JOM Charity Afro-Celtic Textile Art Exhibition International Festival in Milngavie and I was proud to support a great charity and a selection of local artists.
On a more personal note, I was blessed at the Glasgow Gurdwara on Albert Drive, where I was honoured as the first Sikh person to be elected to the Scottish Parliament. Surrounded by family, friends, several fellow Conservative MSPs, House of Lords Peers, and Councillors, I was grateful for the celebration and for the opportunity to share my religion with my colleagues.
I recently opened my constituency office in Bearsden and was delighted to expand the team so that more constituents can drop in and have face-to-face meetings. The new office is located at Exchange House Business Centre, Suite F. 50 Drymen Road, Bearsden. G62 2RH.