Kirstene Hair MP

Proud to support Cardiac Risk in the Young & help raise awareness of the charity which works to reduce the frequency of sudden cardiac death of young people. Brilliant work ongoing by local school pupil highlighting the worrying number of deaths of young people throughout Angus & I look forward to continuing working closely with Abby as she continues her campaign.

Very productive round table discussion at James Hutton Institute, with Michael Gove MP Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Lord Duncan from the Scotland Office, which I attended along with a constituent today. Many points raised around the migrant seasonal workforce, farm support framework and trading post Brexit – all areas which we need to reach out to those who are affected to ensure we build a system which works for farmers across our United Kingdom.

I spent a lovely afternoon recently with Contact the Elderly groups from Brechin and Forfar as we took a trip on the Caledonian Railway. The excellent work of this charity offers over 75’s, who live alone, monthly visits to alleviate loneliness. More info can be found atwww.contact-the-elderly.org.uk

Looking forward to my next round of surgeries next week and throughout September.

If you would like to raise an issue with me at a surgery you can arrange an appointment by emailing me on kirstene.hair.mp@parliament.uk or calling me on 0207 219 0202

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Extremely insightful afternoon at RM Condor, Arbroath, today. Following a tour and engaging with marines as they carried out their various training activities, we finished up in the Woodlands Garden. This was created as a living memory to all men who lost their lives since 1971 whilst serving in 45 commando. Thank you for a great visit & the lovely plaque for my office.

I have visited the three largest producers of soft fruit in Angus, finding out more about their operation and listening to concerns around the seasonal workforce post Brexit. This is an issue which is important to Angus as we produce 30% of the country’s soft fruit and welcome 4000 workers annually.

 

Very interesting discussion with the Royal Bank of Scotland around the issues and opportunities of both small and medium sized businesses, from all industries, in Angus. We also discussed the recently launched support scheme for new entrants into farming which includes mentoring for young people who wish to start-up in the industry.

Sunday,  I visited Arbroath Seafest and attended many of the stands hearing about how they support our local community including the International Fire & Rescue Association, RNLI and Maggie’s Centre. A great day out!

Busy week in the constituency visiting Forfar fire station, Forfar Guide Dog Centre, Montrose Port Authority, 8 surgeries around Angus and a street stall in Forfar yesterday with many people signing-up to safeguard their local recycling centres.

Yesterday, following my local surgeries, I met with the Chairman and Vice Chairman of Montrose Golf Links around coastal erosion. This deeply concerning issue impacts not only the golf course but also residents and businesses throughout Montrose. Going forward, I will be working with various stakeholders to seek to address this urgent issue.

  
 
This week, along with Scottish Conservative colleagues, I met with Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital, discussing connectivity in rural areas. I have also met with EE and BT around broadband and mobile coverage following on from the volume of concerns from constituents across Angus.
 
Courier article as I pledge to stand up for everyone in Angus, no matter which way you voted, as your MP. My surgeries have started, however you can also always email me with your concerns or I can arrange an appointment out with surgeries.

Note to constituents: Until my new MP constituency office is set up, the best way to make contact is via email kirstene.hair.mp@parliament.uk

I appreciate that many of you wish to get in touch with issues that are happening nationally and internationally. While the office is being set up, I must give priority to those with urgent matters that require immediate assistance. These are very often issues around housing, benefits, health and visa/home office issues. I am sure everyone can understand these are often very stressful and would understand my responding to those first.

I wish to engage with as many people as possible throughout Angus and my surgeries, which have started and will run on a weekly basis, will be advertised online and around the constituency.

Thank you for your patience.