Parliament returned last week and I spoke during the first debate of 2018 on the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee’s inquiry into the Article 50 Withdrawal Process, of which I am a member.

Leaving the EU is serious business that will have real effects on the people of Scotland and our economy, so it’s time that the Tories got serious about Brexit and provided long-overdue clarity on the process.

There were also two Ministerial Statements this week – one from Health Secretary Shona Robison on the NHS’ response to exceptional winter pressures and one from Justice Secretary Michael Matheson on Phil Gormley’s leave of absence from Police Scotland. 

The regularity of these statements shows how dedicated this Scottish Government is to ensuring transparency and keeping the parliament informed, which I welcome.

I’m encouraging those eligible to receive their free flu jab – those over 65, pregnant or at risk of illness – to get the jab as soon as possible.

NHS Fife posted a short video on Twitter with an A+E doctor reminding us all that A&E doesn’t stand for ‘anything and everything’. 

It is intended for emergencies that need urgent attention. If you do not need to see a doctor right away, please consider going to see a pharmacist, minor injuries unit, your GP or calling NHS 24 first.

Finally, it was a pleasure to meet some of Inverclyde’s Ramblers to Parliament on Wednesday. 

Our area is boasts fabulous outdoor walks and scenery that we should be proud of.