Weekly Columns

David's weekly newspaper columns can now be found here and on his social media accounts

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Turriff Advertiser 7 Feb

At times, it can seem that there is not much happening in Westminster beyond Brexit.

However, the daily business of parliament continues – often away from the media spotlight.

Banffshire Journal 5 Feb 2019

It has been another hectic week at Westminster as MPs continue to work towards an agreement on the terms of our departure from the EU.

 

I was very pleased to see majority support for a route to leaving with a deal in last Tuesday’s vote.

 

Buchan Observer 5 February 2019

The SNP’s ruinous taxation policies have hit businesses hard in the North East, something that has been underlined by the recent briefing by Seafish.

Turriff Advertiser 16 Nov 2018

I want to start this week’s column with a word of thanks to all of those who came to the session in the Tesco car park last week to discuss the future of the Dial-A-Bus service in Turriff.

Banffshire Journal 23 Oct 2018

I was pleased to welcome another UK Government Minister to the constituency recently.  Guy Opperman, Minister in the Department of Work and Pensions, visited the Job Centre in Banff to see  for himself how the area was adjusting to Universal Credit which had been introduced here in June.

Banffshire Journal 9 Oct 2018

The increase in landing volumes last year, reported in the Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics, ties in with what I have been hearing from fishermen in my constituency.

This is despite the fact UK boats currently only get to land 40% of the fish in our own waters.

Turriff Advertiser 28 Sep 2018

With just under six months to go until the UK leaves the EU, my colleagues and I on the Scottish Affairs Committee have taken evidence from industry leaders in our agriculture and fisheries sectors.

Banffshire Journal 25 Sep 2018

The increase in landing volumes last year, reported in the Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics, ties in with what I have been hearing from fishermen in my constituency.
This is despite the fact UK boats only get to land 40% of the fish in our own waters.

Banffshire Journal 11 Sep 2018

I am pleased a deal has been reached to bring an end to the skirmishes between French and British fishermen in the Channel, which will be a relief to many fishermen here who were forced to return home empty-handed following recent clashes in the Channel.

Turriff Advertiser 7 Sep 2018

The UK Parliament has just started back and there is already a defining drive by this government to stamp out one of the great evils of our time.

The Home Secretary on Monday announced that there will be an inquiry into potential "cultural drivers" behind grooming gangs.