Almost everyone has received a nuisance call at some time and I'm sure most people can relate to the experience of rushing to answer their home phone or mobile, only to be confronted by a cold caller; be it someone offering a new boiler, saying that they can help claim for Payment Protection Insurance or a recent accident or for numerous other reasons. That's why in Parliament I have been pushing for tighter rules on nuisance calls, and I'm pleased to say change is on the way.
If the UK government isn't going to protect its Universities, then it should hand over powers to the Scottish government so we can ensure they continue to gain the greatest benefit possible from our fantastic international students.
It was Labour which created the NHS, and it is Labour which is putting forward the solutions to protect it. We will always fight to protect our NHS, but we need the public to use their voice too. This is our National Health Service - together we can save our NHS.
Having spent time volunteering with Hamilton Trussell Trust Foodbank, I have seen the effects of benefit sanctions on women bringing up young families. Suddenly having no money means such simple things as a weekly shop for basic essentials becomes impossible.
Whether you like these lessons learned or not, whether you believe them or not, the warning signs are there. It's about time Labour listened, did their homework and figured out how to beat their opponents.
Brexit has become Tory Brexit. They are using it as licence for the xenophobia that has long lain under the surface - but which is now in full view. I suspect that many of those who voted to Leave now look at the actions and rhetoric of the Tories and think "that's not what I voted for"... They didn't vote to lower their own living standards or to sacrifice jobs and investment. They didn't vote for our businesses to face tariffs or for holiday-makers to need visas. They didn't vote for the scapegoating of foreigners. I can confirm today that SNP MPs will vote against the Brexit bill when it come before the House of Commons next year.
Is the UK heading for divorce? Over one in three UK marriages ends in divorce, and with our nation in deep division over issues such as immigration, ...
So, if you feel abandoned by parties which have been overtaken by the extremes, I implore you: Come home...join the Liberal Democrats!
Would a progressive alliance make much difference? Opponents of the idea argue that, for the Tories to be defeated, most seats need to move from Conservative to Labour, so the aim must be to persuade Conservative areas to switch sides. This is a category error - it looks at seats when it needs to look at votes.
In the cold light of day, it's relatively difficult to see the possible positive outcomes of Brexit. The UK Government has thus far only been clear that 'Brexit means Brexit'. Nothing else is certain.
Brexit continues to lie untouched in the dog's breakfast bowl, no more appetising in the cold light of day than it was when the smell started on the n...
They have lost their majority in the Scottish Parliament, and the Scottish economy, reliant on oil and the financial sector, is looking far from rosy. Are we just seeing a blip in their unstoppable march to independence or are we starting to see the demise of this formidable political force?
If there is a hope of removing the Conservatives from power, it lies in a party seizing the mantle of Opposition, with a capital O, not lower case: to oppose is critical, certainly. But to win faith and trust, they must propose a way forward, not simply look to their past.
Plenty of us believe that progressive parties need to start to discuss - to at least consider the possibility of - some kind of electoral pact. A 'popular front' to avoid fragmenting the vote among ourselves in winnable seats looking towards electing a Parliament in 2020 that would have a progressive majority for democratic change. For mending our broken democracy.
I've been opposed to nuclear weapons for as long as I can remember. I'm no imperialist, I don't need any expensive weapons to show what a great country I live in. I'm not worried about my country saving face on the world stage by clinging onto the last throws of a dying empire. I just want a country which cares for its poorest and most vulnerable. £200billion could be better spent.
We illegally bomb 'democracy' into foreign lands that happen to possess resource or geopolitical value. We all play a role in these 'liberty' crusades. We are all culpable proselytizers of democracy at any price. Yet the dis-united Kingdom remains a feudal land.