Weekly Columns and Op-eds

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

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Banffshire Journal 9 April 2019

I was saddened to hear of the death of a creel fisherman after an incident off the Banffshire coast last week.

 

Media reports suggested that a fellow fisherman had alerted the emergency services after the man fell into the water near Macduff.

 

Turriff Advertiser 5 April 2019

As an MP with a large rural constituency, I like to know how communities outside towns feel about their safety.

Rural crime is on the increase and I know that acquisitive theft – for example tractors or metal from less well protected farms – is a large part of that.

Press and Journal 1 April 2019

I think it’s fair to say that the public are utterly fed-up of politicians talking about Brexit – yet, I’m afraid that is exactly what I am about to do!

 

Turriff Advertiser 22 March 2019

Last week in Westminster, I was pleased to welcome Robert Goodwill MP, the new Fisheries Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and food to his role. One of his first official duties was respond to the Agriculture and Fisheries debates in which I spoke.

Banffshire Journal 12 March 2019

While the technicalities and timings of our departure from the EU continue to be debated at Westminster, MPs have also been working on post-Brexit immigration policy.

 

This will be very important after we leave the EU.

 

Turriff Advertiser 1 March 2019

My colleagues and I on the Scottish Affairs Committee had a change of scenery last week as we headed off to Lewis in the Western Isles.

Banffshire Journal 18 February 2019

The Aberdeen City Region Deal has committed hundreds of millions of pounds towards infrastructure improvements across the North East, funded by both Scotland’s governments.

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.