LAST week the Scottish Government announced two new funding streams.

Firstly, £500,000 to support projects which encourage greater representation of women in political roles in Scotland, secondly, £500,000 for the Workplace Equality Fund which offers grants to reduce employment inequalities, discrimination and barriers for minority ethnic people, women, disabled people and older workers.

These two funds highlight the commitment the SNP Scottish Government has to ensure everyone in Scotland has the same opportunities irrespective of gender, race or disability, and has the chance to fulfil their full potential.

Pipeathon 2017 also came to an end as I presented the Andy Adams Fund, Cash for Kids and Clydeside Action on Asbestos with their equal cheques from the £5,800 raised.

I’m delighted to have raised so much and would like to thank everyone who donated and supported me along the way.

I’ve been receiving increasing correspondence on ScotRail so during General Questions on Thursday I asked Transport Minister Humza Yousaf MSP about when the newer rolling stock will be fully re-instated on the Inverclyde lines.

The minister mentioned Hitatchi’s delay in delivering the newer trains but assured me he will provide me with an up to date progress report.

Finally, I was contacted by numerous people asking me to stand as a candidate for the vacant post of Deputy Leader of the SNP. 

My near 11 years of parliamentary experience was part of their reasoning.

I considered standing but after discussions with my family, I decided not to pursue the vacancy at this time.