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Danielle Rowley Mp
It's been an honour to serve as your MP since the 2017 General Election - I have been fighting hard for you in Westminster and in Midlothian.
I spent parliamentary recess visiting as many constituents, organisations and local businesses as possible, as well as getting involved in the various Gala days across Midlothian. Would you like me to visit your organisation, business or make a house call? If so, get in touch via my contact details on the final page - I look forward to meeting with you!
At the start of the month, I visited Lothian Mineworkers Convalescent Home. I met with some lovely folk from Dalkeith and Newtongrange who were spending some time at the home - we shared stories about the past and discussed the future of Midlothian. The Convalescent home has provided a rest bite to retired miners and their families since 1947!
Take a look and let me know your views on any of the following topics in this edition:
- Parliamentary recess
- My Summer Surgery Tour
- In-work poverty
- My appearance on BBC Radio 5 Live
- Helping you (August's casework analysis)
- Remaining surgeries in 2018
- Out and about in Midlothian
- Contact details
My monthly newsletter helps to update you on my work and the key issues in the constituency and further afield.
I visited the Salvation Army homeless accommodation in Penicuik to see what support is available to those in difficult situations. I spoke with some of the residents and got to see first-hand what's in place to help vulnerable people within the constituency.
It was nice and sunny in Cousland where many of you came to see me
Speaking with concerned constituents in Cousland
Braving the rain in North Middleton
The sun was shining at my stall in Pathhead!
I hosted my Summer Surgery Tour in August. A huge number of constituents popped out to see me when I brought my stall to their village. Thank you to those I met in Cousland, Fala, Pathhead, Cousland, North Middleton and Carrington - my office and I are working hard to secure a positive solution to your problems.
The main issues that were raised across the various villages were:
Overgrown public footpaths
Road safety, in particular, the A68
Cuts to local services
If you also have an issue with any of these matters, please don’t hesitate to get in touch as we are currently working to resolve them and would be happy to provide you with any further information or an update.
Chatting away with Fala residents
My stall drew a lot of attention from passers by in Carrington
I made an appearance on BBC Radio 5 Live where I discussed housing, Brexit and also immigration in Scotland. These are all critical issues up and down the country, and I outlined Labour's position on these topics. Click on the video to hear what I had to say on each subject.
BBC Radio Five Live Interview
Working people and their children need to be given the respect they deserve. The trend in employment shows that businesses are putting self interest ahead of their workers' livelihood and the Tories are encouraging this for shallow political gains.
The devastating effect poverty has on the development of children affects them throughout their lives the best way to protect our children’s future is to ensure their present is free from inequality.
Labour would give a proper wage of £10 per hour and would ensure that those who work regular hours are entitled to a fixed and reliable contract.
This month the Tory Government saw fit to brag about employment figures. Yet working people and their families continue to live in precarious and unstable conditions with more and more people finding themselves trapped in low paying work and zero-hours contracts.
It is shocking that two-thirds of children in poverty are from working homes, a statistic higher than ever before. The Tory Government has taken us backwards as four million children are living in poverty: the highest number since the 2008 financial crash. The Child Poverty Action Group accredited this problem to the fact that too many parents are stuck on low wages as living costs soar.
My constituency office is always open to the public, and in August there was a significant rise in constituents needing help or advice. This is a brief overview of the types of issues that we are facing in Midlothian. Please click to enlarge the images.
As always, the Dalkeith Festival was a roaring success. The lovely weather and a bumper crowd turned out for what is always one of the best days on the Dalkeith calendar!
Colin Beattie MSP, Cllr Margot Russell and I had great fun judging the fancy dress competition... There were a lot of very creative costumes! A huge thank you to the festival committee for their hard work all year long in planning the fantastic event.
The most common cases we had in August were related to local government, housing and planning.
If you need any help or advice, please contact my office, and we will do our best to help.
I hold surgeries on Fridays at various venues across Midlothian; you can find when and where they're taking place on the second last page of this newsletter. Please see the final page for more information regarding ways to contact me if you are in need of assistance, or wish to discuss local issues.
Out and About in Midlothian
Housing and Planning
I visited the breastfeeding group at Auchendinny in the delightful Glencorse centre. I met with many young mums from all walks of life that come together once a week to support each other and share parenting experiences. The mothers in this group are a fantastic example of how people in the community can come together and create something special. Thank you very much for having me and letting me meet all of your adorable wee ones!
I accepted an invitation to visit Mavisbank House, near Lasswade, which is one of Scotland’s most important country houses. Sadly it is now hidden away, and in a state of disrepair. It has a fascinating history - did you know it was the first Palladian villa in Scotland? I hope that one day it will be restored to its former glory and utilised as a real asset to benefit the community. If you'd like to find out more about Mavisbank House, visit their website at:
0131 663 9675
Ways to get in touch
97 High Street, Dalkeith, Midlothian, EH22 1AX