Ben Macpherson MSP at Steads Place

Ben Macpherson MSP

Constituency MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith

I am the MSP (Member of the Scottish Parliament) for Edinburgh Northern and Leith constituency.

If you have any queries or want assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. My email address is: ben.macpherson.msp@parliament.scot.

- Ben

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There are changes coming with the organisation of communal waste and recycling bins. Leith Walk has one of the highest concentration of communal street bins in Edinburgh and is in phase 1 of the roll out of new bin hubs where a range of waste bins will be grouped together. There will be an increase in recycling capacity and more food and glass recycling. Currently residents are being made aware of plans for their area - you may have received a letter and noticed temporary signs on lamp-posts. Have a look and get in touch withthe team to let them know of any questions you may have. The aim is to improve the service making it easier to use and easier for our waste crews to service. Find out more via this link - www.edinburgh.gov.uk/binhubs ... See MoreSee Less

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They are at the narrowest part of what has become a one-way street. Why not put them next to recycling bins already in situ just yards away?

Will this happen to streets such as Lorne street etc. Tho all bins need to be picked up more often. Plus I think they should all be the same colour, not just different coloured lids. So Glass is purple, whole bin should be purple, recycling is green, whole bin should be green. Might make those who are to lazy to use the correct bins correctly.

Our problem is, 1. Rats at the food waste because they don't empty it often enough. And 2. Fly tipping at the other bins. And 3. Overflowing packaging recycling bins. Trinity Crescent

All well and good as long as they are emptied on a regular basis of when they are full!!!!

Will this include the streets leading off Leith Walk and will they actually get emptied? Our bins in Smith's Place are usually overflowing and I can't remember the last time the food bin got collected.

Jameson place the same. Never see a street sweeper now only on main routes not side streets. The street has more weeds than the back gardens.

Excellent news

I am disabled, I am going to be losing my bins and the site where they are talking about situating the communal bins is already a target for fly-tippers and the amount of cars that already stop and use the existing bin is ridiculous.

Hopefully less noisy, filthy, ugly and stinky.

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3 days ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Best Start Foods payments have increased to £18 or £36 every 4 weeks, depending on the age of the child, available from Social Security Scotland. Check if you’re eligible: www.mygov.scot/best-start-grant-best-start-foods.

Already, as of 31 May 2021, £16.7 million has been paid to families in Best Start Foods payments.

More work to do but another improvement made towards building a fairer society.

The Scottish Government #deliveringforScotland.💯✅🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Read more here: www.gov.scot/news/increase-in-payments-to-help-boost-family-incomes/.
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Best Start Foods payments have increased to £18 or £36 every 4 weeks, depending on the age of the child, available from Social Security Scotland. Check if you’re eligible: https://www.mygov.scot/best-start-grant-best-start-foods.

Already, as of 31 May 2021, £16.7 million has been paid to families in Best Start Foods payments.

More work to do but another improvement made towards building a fairer society.

The Scottish Government #deliveringforScotland.💯✅🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 

Read more here: https://www.gov.scot/news/increase-in-payments-to-help-boost-family-incomes/.

4 days ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Just received my second dose of the vaccine.💉💉 Thank you NHS Lothian - brilliant experience (again) and such impressive delivery all round.👍🏻💙 #rollupyoursleeve

Follow NHS Lothian for updates about drop-in vaccine clinics and, if you’re a constituent, you can contact me if you have problems getting your vaccine doses (and my team and I will try to assist).
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Just received my second dose of the vaccine.💉💉 Thank you NHS Lothian - brilliant experience (again) and such impressive delivery all round.👍🏻💙 #rollupyoursleeve

Follow NHS Lothian for updates about drop-in vaccine clinics and, if you’re a constituent, you can contact me if you have problems getting your vaccine doses (and my team and I will try to assist).

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Your welcome😁👍

youngster! 🙂

If you truly cared about the people you are meant to serve you wouldn’t promote an untested unsafe EXPERIMENTAL jab 🙃🙃you all know it’s a farce but your playing along with it but karma awaits you all ..are you all getting the placebo or saline water??🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️

2 weeks ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

The vaccination bus will be at Morrisons on Ferry Road today between 11am-7pm.💉Our Lothian Buses COVID vaccination bus is still at Tesco in Musselburgh today until 7pm, don't miss out!

Our bus will be rolling back into Edinburgh tomorrow to Morrisons on Ferry Road. You can get your shopping as well as you 1st or 2nd dose (if it's been 8 weeks or more since your 1st) of Moderna or Astra Zeneca: More details here: www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Vaccine/Pages/Drop-in-Clinics.aspx
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The vaccination bus will be at Morrisons on Ferry Road today between 11am-7pm.💉

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Believe me, as soon as it's been 8 weeks since my first dose, I'll be getting the second without fail, only 10 days to go!

3 weeks ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

If you live in or are visiting 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 please abide by remaining safety measures. Stick to group limits, keep 1m distance in public places, wear face masks, wash hands etc. While we vaccinate, these measures help keep us safe. More info available at gov.scot.As this chart shows, cases in 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 are falling, but still too high. To talk of tomorrow as ‘freedom day’ (🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 only remember) is not sensible IMO, given current situation. Vaccines going well and do offer route through - but as we vaccinate, we must ease up gradually.

If you live in or visiting 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 please abide by remaining safety measures. Stick to group limits, keep 1m distance in public places, wear face masks, wash hands etc. While we vaccinate, these measures help keep us safe. More info available at gov.scot
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If you live in or are visiting 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 please abide by remaining safety measures. Stick to group limits, keep 1m distance in public places, wear face masks, wash hands etc. While we vaccinate, these measures help keep us safe. More info available at http://gov.scot.

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I trust and hope that train conductors will be reminding passengers over the tannoy as the train pulls out of Berwick station that they are entering Scotland where the rules are different.

3 weeks ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Get 💉 at ASDA today.👇🏻The vaccination bus will be at the ASDA in Newhaven (Leith) today, 11am - 7pm!

All you need to bring is:
✔️ Proof that you're over 18
✔️ A face mask
✔️ Yourself!

The bus offers Moderna and AstraZeneca, so cannot give 2nd doses of Pfizer. More clinics: www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Vaccine/Pages/Drop-in-Clinics.aspx
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Get 💉 at ASDA today.👇🏻

3 weeks ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

❗️COVID TESTING FOR PEOPLE WITHOUT SYMPTOMS 🦠

From today (Monday 12 July) to Saturday (17 July) between 9am-6pm you can get a Covid test done at McDonald Road Library if you have no symptoms.

Just turn up like I did. It’s really easy and very well organised. The test takes about 10 minutes and you get your results in less than an hour.

Help stop the virus spreading.
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❗️COVID TESTING FOR PEOPLE WITHOUT SYMPTOMS 🦠

From today (Monday 12 July) to Saturday (17 July) between 9am-6pm you can get a Covid test done at McDonald Road Library if you have no symptoms.

Just turn up like I did. It’s really easy and very well organised. The test takes about 10 minutes and you get your results in less than an hour.

Help stop the virus spreading.Image attachment

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Great place for friendly test and learning how to do it in future.

1 month ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Craigroyston Community High School is open as an NHS Lothian drop-in vaccination centre this week (from Monday July 5 to Sunday July 11, from 8.30am - 4pm).

You can get your first dose, or your second, as long as it's been more than eight weeks since your first. For people aged over 40 or over, Astrazeneca is available and for people aged between 18 and 39 Moderna and Pfizer may also be available.

www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Vaccine/Pages/Drop-in-Clinics.aspx
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Craigroyston Community High School is open as an NHS Lothian drop-in vaccination centre this week (from Monday July 5 to Sunday July 11, from 8.30am - 4pm).

You can get your first dose, or your second, as long as its been more than eight weeks since your first. For people aged over 40 or over, Astrazeneca is available and for people aged between 18 and 39 Moderna and Pfizer may also be available.

https://www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Vaccine/Pages/Drop-in-Clinics.aspx

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Su S An this be any good for you x

Krzysztof

1 month ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

The vaccine bus is rolling out across Lothian and is coming to an area near you. If you are over 18 and need a first dose or have waited eight weeks and need your second, why not hop on.
Our mobile vaccination teams will be in Fort Kinnaird Shopping Centre on Monday and Tuesday (5 and 6 July), followed by the Grassmarket in Edinburgh City Centre on Wednesday and Thursday (7 and 8 July).The vaccine bus is rolling out across Lothian and is coming to an area near you. If you are over 18 and need a first dose or have waited eight weeks and need your second, why not hop on.

Our mobile vaccination teams will be in Fort Kinnaird Shopping Centre on Monday and Tuesday (5 and 6 July), followed by the Grassmarket in Edinburgh City Centre on Wednesday and Thursday (7 and 8 July).

It will then travel to West Lothian on Friday (9 July). Don't miss the bus! Check here for more information: news.nhslothian.scot/Pages/20210705_COVID19vaccinationbusrollsoutacrossLothian.aspx
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The vaccine bus is rolling out across Lothian and is coming to an area near you. If you are over 18 and need a first dose or have waited eight weeks and need your second, why not hop on. 
Our mobile vaccination teams will be in Fort Kinnaird Shopping Centre on Monday and Tuesday (5 and 6 July), followed by the Grassmarket in Edinburgh City Centre on Wednesday and Thursday (7 and 8 July).

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Matt Irving Wednesday?

Lee Thorburn you must be over 18 by now, hop on board.

Popped into Craigroyston High School this morning, lovely NHS staff and no wait. Was only person there.

1 month ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

The UK Government #EUSettlementScheme deadline is TODAY (30 June) but you can still apply right now to protect your rights. If you're an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, or a family member who needs help to apply, please call the free helpline 📞0800 916 9847.The #EUSettlementScheme deadline is on Wednesday (30 June) but you can still apply right now to protect your rights. If you're an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen or family member who needs help to apply call our free helpline 📞0800 916 9847 ... See MoreSee Less

The UK Government #EUSettlementScheme deadline is TODAY (30 June) but you can still apply right now to protect your rights. If youre an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, or a family member who needs help to apply, please call the free helpline 📞0800 916 9847.

1 month ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Short-term lets: The Scottish Government is consulting on a revised Licensing Order and draft Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment until Friday 13 August 2021. If you have views or concerns about full property short-term lets (on platforms like AirBnB) then please contribute: www.gov.scot/publications/short-term-lets/. ... See MoreSee Less

Short-term lets: The Scottish Government is consulting on a revised Licensing Order and draft Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment until Friday 13 August 2021. If you have views or concerns about full property short-term lets (on platforms like AirBnB) then please contribute: https://www.gov.scot/publications/short-term-lets/.

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Glad this is being pursued. Short term lets becoming frequent in a stair can make the difference between feeling comfortably at home or finding life a nightmare.

1 month ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

An important message from the FM - let’s not allow the virus to get ahead of the vaccine, especially when we’re so close to the finishing line.↔️😷💉 ... See MoreSee Less

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Still not replied to my email!

1 month ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

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Emailed you, no reply 🤷🏻‍♀️

1 month ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

I will be taking this Bill through The Scottish Parliament - if passed, more than 91,000 carers who receive the supplement will get a double payment of £462.80 this winter. This is in recognition of the extra pressures they have faced due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Publication of this Bill meets another Scottish Government 100 days commitment.

Learn more about how the Bill will help unpaid carers ➡️ bit.ly/CarersAllowanceSupplement2306.The Carer's Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament.

If passed, the Bill will mean more than 91,000 carers who receive the supplement get a double payment of £462.80 this winter. This is in recognition of the extra pressures they have faced due to the #coronavirus pandemic.

Publication of this Bill meets another Scottish Government 100 days commitment.

Learn more about how the bill will help unpaid carers ➡️ bit.ly/CarersAllowanceSupplement2306
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I will be taking this Bill through The Scottish Parliament - if passed, more than 91,000 carers who receive the supplement will get a double payment of £462.80 this winter. This is in recognition of the extra pressures they have faced due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Publication of this Bill meets another Scottish Government 100 days commitment. 

Learn more about how the Bill will help unpaid carers ➡️ bit.ly/CarersAllowanceSupplement2306.

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Will they get it tax free?

Good news 👏🏼

This is fantastic news your taking this forward! A cause close to my heart

1 month ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Please take part in a new The Scottish Government consultation on a proposed Fireworks and Pyrotechnics Bill.

Take part here ➡ bit.ly/3gM38OK.
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2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Timeline PhotosStarting tomorrow, all mass vaccination centres except Lowland Hall will be running drop-in clinics for over 40s. The opening times for the drop-in clinics is 8.30am-5.30pm. For more information, visit www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Vaccine/Pages/Drop-in-Clinics.aspx. ... See MoreSee Less

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Vo Devlin

I just got my leaflet and hope I can drop in for a test at the weekend.

Astra Zenica only? They're giving it away. 😔 It would inspire more confidence if it wasn't advertised as Astra Zenica only?

Francesco Dem!!!

Too far when you do not have a car

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2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

In my role as Minister for Social Security in The Scottish Government, I want to highlight that this week this year’s Best Start Grant School Age Payment opened for applications to families who get tax credits or certain benefits, to help tackle poverty and create a fairer society. I encourage all those eligible to apply: www.mygov.scot/best-start-grant-best-start-foods. ... See MoreSee Less

In my role as Minister for Social Security in The Scottish Government, I want to highlight that this week this year’s Best Start Grant School Age Payment opened for applications to families who get tax credits or certain benefits, to help tackle poverty and create a fairer society. I encourage all those eligible to apply: http://www.mygov.scot/best-start-grant-best-start-foods.

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2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Enjoyed visiting Turn The Tables in Granton this week to learn more about their work with Social Bite and other initiatives - looking forward to assisting with their plans where I can... They kindly gave me a #kevinandperry style hat but I think I need more lessons before I’m up to that standard!😂🎧 ... See MoreSee Less

Enjoyed visiting Turn The Tables in Granton this week to learn more about their work with Social Bite and other initiatives - looking forward to assisting with their plans where I can... They kindly gave me a #kevinandperry style hat but I think I need more lessons before I’m up to that standard!😂🎧

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Brilliant idea

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2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

This week Cllr Eleanor Bird SNP and I caught up with Fresh Start about their plans and initiatives, and some work we’re collaborating on about trying to help enhance several communal back green spaces in West Pilton and Granton, tackle fly-tipping and improve waste management in the area. ... See MoreSee Less

This week Cllr Eleanor Bird SNP and I caught up with Fresh Start about their plans and initiatives, and some work we’re collaborating on about trying to help enhance several communal back green spaces in West Pilton and Granton, tackle fly-tipping and improve waste management in the area.

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Tipping a big problem!

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2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

This week I visited Gravitricity’s demonstration device in Leith Docks - they are one of several innovative renewable energy companies in the constituency, that I’m glad to support. #LetsDoNetZero

More information: gravitricity.com/.
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This week I visited Gravitricity’s demonstration device in Leith Docks - they are one of several innovative renewable energy companies in the constituency, that I’m glad to support. #LetsDoNetZero 

More information: https://gravitricity.com/.

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2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

First dose done ✅🙌🏻
Thank you NHS Lothian 👏🏻💙
#RollUpYourSleeve 💪🏻💉
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First dose done ✅🙌🏻
Thank you NHS Lothian 👏🏻💙
#rollupyoursleeve 💪🏻💉

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Also, it’s almost time for 18-29 year olds in Scotland to roll up their sleeves. Register online or call: 💻 www.nhsinform.scot/under30register 📱 0800 030 8013 People who register by 4 June will get details of their vaccination appointment by email or text.

I’ve had my 2nd dose yesterday 💪 Taugh night and next day in front of you… Take care!

Any chance you can help me get mine (I am one of your constituents)? I’ve been “on the system” for over a month. Nobody at the COVID helpline knows what the issue is or can help. I am a key worker for exemption from the travel ban but not for getting my vaccine and I’m much closer to 40 than 29... I’m getting worried I’ve been lost in the system 🙁

I wont highlight the age difference but 2nd dose today also. 😀

Well done Ben. When is mine? Aged 25.

Well done Ben . My wife and I have had both ours !

Can't fault NHS Lothian

Iv no had my second one. Missed the appointment as I was ill after the first one. And now they don’t use the AstraZeneca one after my first dose was that. Don’t think will get a second one.

Getting mine on Sunday

Is that Ingliston? You just can't keep away. 🤣

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2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Starting as I and Shona Robison MSP mean to go on - making a positive and meaningful impact with the social security powers we have, where and when we can. I’m pleased to have initiated the delivery of the 1st of the Scottish National Party (SNP)’s ‘100 days’ commitments: Scotland’s Best Start Foods payment will increase to £4.50 a week on 1 August to support low income families to buy healthy food for children under the age of 3. ... See MoreSee Less

Starting as I and Shona Robison MSP mean to go on - making a positive and meaningful impact with the social security powers we have, where and when we can. I’m pleased to have initiated the delivery of the 1st of the Scottish National Party (SNP)’s ‘100 days’ commitments: Scotland’s Best Start Foods payment will increase to £4.50 a week on 1 August to support low income families to buy healthy food for children under the age of 3.

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Great start!

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That is a great start.

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3 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Looking forward to the #ScottishCupFinal and wish Hibernian Football Club all the very best tomorrow! However, if we do have something to celebrate in #Leith then of course enjoy it but please do so safely and responsibly.🙏🏻 Follow the rules that we must all continue to abide by due to Covid - don’t gather in groups in pubs or on the streets.👍🏻 #ProtectTheNHS 💚 #Persevere ⚓️

👉🏻Please read this from Edinburgh Police Division: www.scotland.police.uk/what-s-happening/news/2021/may/statement-ahead-of-scottish-cup-final-on-sa.... #StaySafe
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Looking forward to the #ScottishCupFinal and wish Hibernian Football Club all the very best tomorrow! However, if we do have something to celebrate in #Leith then of course enjoy it but please do so safely and responsibly.🙏🏻 Follow the rules that we must all continue to abide by due to Covid - don’t gather in groups in pubs or on the streets.👍🏻 #ProtectTheNHS 💚 #Persevere ⚓️

👉🏻Please read this from Edinburgh Police Division: https://www.scotland.police.uk/what-s-happening/news/2021/may/statement-ahead-of-scottish-cup-final-on-saturday-22-may-2021/. #StaySafe

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Que guapo!!!

I remember you being a Celtic fan at school Ben, clearly being an MSP has changed you for the better!

Kept that quiet! Is it too late to take back our votes? 😊🇱🇻

Let's hope the sun shines on Leith, Ben!

You’ve disappointed me with wearing that top. 🤣 #HMFC #51

Donna Thomson Mark Pearson Bet you wish you had the best MSP 👌 not only SNP but supports your team

Finally seen the light mate and gave up on the lesser greens 😉

Mon the Hibs 🙏

You kept that quiet Ben Macpherson 🤣🤣

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Great photo

Definitely suits you 🧡🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

I'm afraid that I can't be liking this! 😉

‘‘Mon the Cabbage 💚

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3 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

I’m delighted to be appointed as Minister for Social Security and Local Government, working alongside Shona Robison MSP and Christina McKelvie MSP. Lots to get done, including the Scottish Child Payment expansion. I look forward to collaborating with all stakeholders and COSLA to deliver together, and build a fairer society.

More information about all Ministerial appointments: www.gov.scot/news/new-scottish-cabinet/.
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I’m delighted to be appointed as Minister for Social Security and Local Government, working alongside Shona Robison MSP and Christina McKelvie MSP. Lots to get done, including the Scottish Child Payment expansion. I look forward to collaborating with all stakeholders and COSLA to deliver together, and build a fairer society.

More information about all Ministerial appointments: https://www.gov.scot/news/new-scottish-cabinet/.

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Well done Ben. Onwards and upwards!! Very deserving!! 👏👏

Excellent news! Congratulations Ben!

👏Good luck Ben Macpherson a fantastic brief where I know you will be a passionate and caring Minister for Social Security & Local Government. 🙏👫Just what #Scotland needs right now. We are also very lucky to have you as our local #EdinburghNorthernandLeith #MSP too 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Congratulations Ben. Weldone brilliant 👏 👌 👍 🙌 😀

That’s great news! It’s such an exciting manifesto and to be in a position to see through key aspects must be an energising prospect.

So looking forward to seeing what you do with these areas of responsibility! Congrats Ben👏👏x

Congratulations Ben. So pleased for you but I'll miss your good humour and your support when I travel back to Scotland with the3million

Congratulations on your ministerial appointment to the Scottish Government.

Well done Ben. A well earned new appointment👌

Congratulations, Ben. You have so much to contribute..

Congratulations Ben, another challenge and learning curve but you have conquered many before. All the best.

Well done, Ben! Congratulations and best wishes. You're part of a great team to lead us on to our independence. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇪🇺

Well done - one of the few politicians I'd trust to deliver a giro 🙂

Well done Ben, brilliant news.

Well done! You have worked very hard and deserve this promotion 🤗

Congratulations Ben, what a great role to land and I am sure you will do a great job.

Congratulations Ben. Big challenge but you'll be great in the role 🥰

Who is is taking over Rural Affairs & Natural Environment?

Well deserved. Congratulations Ben

Well done Ben Macpherson MSP

Congratulations 🎉

We done ben 🥊🥊😍

Happy for you, Ben! Well done

Huge Con granulations

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3 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Good to be back at The Scottish Parliament to be ‘sworn in’ as MSP for Edinburgh Northern & Leith today, & to see new & previous colleagues.

It’s an honour to have been re-elected & I look forward to serving everyone in our constituency (no matter who you voted for) & the common good of Scotland.

(My office has received a large amount of emails this week - we will respond as quickly as we can.)
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Good to be back at The Scottish Parliament to be ‘sworn in’ as MSP for Edinburgh Northern & Leith today, & to see new & previous colleagues.

It’s an honour to have been re-elected & I look forward to serving everyone in our constituency (no matter who you voted for) & the common good of Scotland.

(My office has received a large amount of emails this week - we will respond as quickly as we can.)

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Welcome back ben hope to see good changes for the North of Edinburgh and good luck

Congratulations Ben 👏 👏. 🥳 👏 👏. 🥳 👏 👏. 🥳 we support you in Leith.

Well done, Ben. Never thought for a minute you wouldn’t be back!

Well done x

Congratulations and good luck.

Dear Ben, I am registered Blind, and nearly lost what eye sight i had left due to the yellow fever vax and have no intention of taking any other vax. My family, big family 11 grandkids , and we have homes in Europe , I visit often to see family and friends , my last visit to Europe , I had to leave my assist dog behind because the change in Laws after leaving the European Union . No one can give me information regarding a travel exemption certificate or travel for assist dogs. Please help asap i am in limbo and i want my dog back asap too. The British Embassy are as much use as Boris and his legal organised syndicate.

Glad to see you back Ben, congratulations 👏

Great picture as you embark on this parliamentary session, with a view from the heights and - out of shot - the dramatic Glasgow scenes. What a day to be sworn in!

Congratulations

Well done

Good luck!

Congratulations! Y ahora Avanti!!!!! Y viva Escocia!!

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They were illegally in this country

3 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Good to be out and about a bit in the constituency today. I’m committed to continuing to be an easily accessible and pro-active local MSP. Do you have any thoughts on how I do this during this next parliamentary term? ... See MoreSee Less

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It would probably be easier for some to visit you during school hours not after.

Ben, as a wheelchair user, I'd love to take you a wee tour around the area of Lidl to Morrisons and up to Crewe Medical Centre/the Pharmacy. the place is a disgrace, considering the amount of sheltered properties there are and wheelchair housing in the area, There's few, if any ramped kerbs, for starters.

Good idea, well done Ben Macpherson SNP

Keep your Leith office.

Great idea to have a surgery there

Well done

What about those who work and don't finish until after 5pm?

Brilliant Result

What about the prentice Centre its quite central for everyone and it has wheelchair access and a big room that can be used maybe on a Saturday morning so that the workers would be able to see you as well

It's a great idea Ben Over the years we hardly see MPs in our area it's always Leith. Having conversed with local people they don't see much of their political representatives and would welcome the opportunity to see who their MSP. We are really disappointed with our local SNP councillors who never come to the Granton area . They should at the least make an appearance in the areas they represent. Some people hadn't a clue who Deirdre Brock is. When she does make an appearance it's usually in Leith

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3 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

🚨 Scottish Government Covid update - from Monday (17 May) 🚨

2️⃣ Move to Level 2 for whole of Scotland - except in Moray likely to remain in Level 3 (decision end of week)
1️⃣ Islands communities to move to Level 1
🚗 People in level 0, 1, or 2 unable to enter a Level 3 or 4 area unless for permitted reason
🌳 Outdoors - Meet in groups of 8 from up to 8 households
🏠 Indoors - Meet 6 people from 3 households
🛏 Overnight stays allowed
❤️ No need for physical distancing in private homes and gardens
🍜 Up to 6 from 3 households can meet indoor hospitality
🍻 Alcohol able to be served indoors until 10h30 (for 2 hour slots)
🌳 Outdoor seated and open space events can have 500 people 🎧 Outdoor grouped standing events 250 people
🎥 Indoor small seated events with 100 people
🎬 Cinemas, theatres, music venues, comedy clubs, arcades, bingo and casinos can re-open
🏋️‍♀️ Group exercise allowed indoors
⚽ Adult outdoor contact sports

International travel:
🚦 Traffic light system from Monday
Red list - managed isolation for 10 days
Amber list - self isolate for 10 days at home with 2 PCR tests
Green list - PCR test on arrival - countries same as England for now

Read more here: www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/.
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🚨 Scottish Government Covid update - from Monday (17 May) 🚨

2️⃣ Move to Level 2 for whole of Scotland - except in Moray likely to remain in Level 3 (decision end of week)
1️⃣ Islands communities to move to Level 1
🚗 People in level 0, 1, or 2 unable to enter a Level 3 or 4 area unless for permitted reason
🌳 Outdoors - Meet in groups of 8 from up to 8 households
🏠 Indoors - Meet 6 people from 3 households
🛏 Overnight stays allowed
❤️ No need for physical distancing in private homes and gardens
🍜 Up to 6 from 3 households can meet indoor hospitality
🍻 Alcohol able to be served indoors until 10h30 (for 2 hour slots)
🌳 Outdoor seated and open space events can have 500 people 🎧 Outdoor grouped standing events 250 people
🎥 Indoor small seated events with 100 people
🎬 Cinemas, theatres, music venues, comedy clubs, arcades, bingo and casinos can re-open
🏋️‍♀️ Group exercise allowed indoors
⚽ Adult outdoor contact sports

International travel:
🚦 Traffic light system from Monday
Red list - managed isolation for 10 days
Amber list - self isolate for 10 days at home with 2 PCR tests 
Green list - PCR test on arrival - countries same as England for now

Read more here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/.

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Hi when is music concerts allowed to start as got tickets for castle show

🚨 Scottish Government Covid update - from Monday (17 May) 🚨 2️⃣ Move to Level 2 for whole of Scotland - except in Moray likely to remain in Level 3 (decision end of week) 1️⃣ Islands communities to move to Level 1 🚗 People in level 0, 1, or 2 unable to enter a Level 3 or 4 area unless for permitted reason 🌳 Outdoors - Meet in groups of 8 from up to 8 households 🏠 Indoors - Meet 6 people from 3 households 🛏 Overnight stays allowed ❤️ No need for physical distancing in private homes and gardens 🍜 Up to 6 from 3 households can meet indoor hospitality 🍻 Alcohol able to be served indoors until 10h30 (for 2 hour slots) 🌳 Outdoor seated and open space events can have 500 people 🎧 Outdoor grouped standing events 250 people 🎥 Indoor small seated events with 100 people 🎬 Cinemas, theatres, music venues, comedy clubs, arcades, bingo and casinos can re-open 🏋️‍♀️ Group exercise allowed indoors ⚽ Adult outdoor contact sports International travel: 🚦 Traffic light system from Monday Red list - managed isolation for 10 days Amber list - self isolate for 10 days at home with 2 PCR tests Green list - PCR test on arrival - countries same as England for now Read more here: www.gov.scot/.../coronavirus-covid-19-protection.../.

Very helpful summary, thanks Ben.

Joyce Monaghan

Are we allowed from a level 2 to spend a weekend in a level 1 zone?

How about live music in bars?

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3 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

My team and I are back to work serving everyone in Edinburgh Northern and Leith, no matter who you voted for.

Please get in touch if you need assistance or would like to raise an issue with me.

📧 ben.macpherson.msp@parliament.scot
📞0131 600 0134

(Please note, we have quite a lot of emails to catch up on and will get back to you as quickly as we can. I’m also constrained in what I can do until I’m sworn in again on Thursday.)
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Nice to see you. You've been anonymous for last 5 years so suppose we'll all have to wait for the next elections before we see you again.

I would like you to push for the buildings in the Pilton area to be painted smarting the area up and some of the heavy trees cut down the area is very dark at night and these big trees block out Street light so that is my proposal Ben

The only reason he is back in , is the fact there is no credible opposition , what’s happened in Edinburg through the pandemic , is gross mismanagement and an insult to its residents ? I thought the council were supposed to be servants of the population

Why are people so negative on this page ben is only asking for suggestions and only some have been constructive wait and see what he can do instead of criticising him before he's even started

Well done Ben.

Thanks for unblocking me. Does that mean you will now answer my legit questions instead of dodging them. So please tell me if you are in favour of the Sfp scheme in Edinburgh or not. Do you think Nicola Sturgeon should have given Sustrans all that money to squander on stupid measures the vast majority of people in your constituency do not want? Do you actually listen to what the people of Edinburgh say?

Congratulations on being re-elected Ben. What are you going to do about the major local issue affecting Edinburgh which is the mad undemocratic Road Narrowing & Road Closure Agenda imposed by ECC Transport Convener Lesley Macinnes SNP under her grossly misnamed "Spaces for People" scheme, without ANY consultation or notification with negatively affected local residents & businesses, using funds provided by The Scottish Government via Sustrans? 😠

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3 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

For those interested, this was my full speech after the election result had been announced at the count. As I say, my first priority remains continuing to assist all constituents and to support our communities through the pandemic; and to make sure that we have a green and socially just economic recovery. Then we will have a choice on our future! ... See MoreSee Less

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For aLL those interested, this was Ben's full speech after the election result had been announced at the count. As I say, my first priority remains continuing to assist all constituents and to support our communities through the pandemic; and to make sure that we have a green and socially just economic recovery. Then we will have a choice on our future! "WELL DONE BEN".

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3 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

I feel very proud to be re-elected as the local MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith, with over 22,000 votes and an increased majority. It’s a huge privilege and an honour to represent our communities, and a responsibility I take very seriously. Thank you to everyone who voted for me and the SNP. I look forward to serving all constituents in the next Scottish Parliamentary term, whoever you voted for. Please get in touch if I can be of assistance. ... See MoreSee Less

I feel very proud to be re-elected as the local MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith, with over 22,000 votes and an increased majority. It’s a huge privilege and an honour to represent our communities, and a responsibility I take very seriously. Thank you to everyone who voted for me and the SNP. I look forward to serving all constituents in the next Scottish Parliamentary term, whoever you voted for. Please get in touch if I can be of assistance.

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Ben you more than deserve the victory sincere congratulations 👏

Well done Ben, absolutely fantastic news ! I A proper result and deserved with all the hard work you have put in ! There were cheers in our household !

Fantastic result. Well done to you and your team 😀

Absolutely delighted ! Well done Ben 👍

Fantastic Ben!! Now let’s push on for the ultimate goal!! Independence!!!!!!

Congratulations Ben! Absolutely delighted for you. X

A huge congratulations Ben. Great to have you returning as my MSP

Ben Fatto Ben! Ti aspettiamo in Europa!!!

🙈🙈

Congratulations Ben I am sure you will look out for our new MSP Siobhian Brown representing Ayr. Our first win in Ayr since devolution.

I'm new to the area, Ben and delighted to be represented by an SNP MSP. Congrats on your increased majority

Deserved. You’re a very visible MSP. I hope you’re rewarded in the Parliament.

Well done, Ben - and all the rest of the SNP team 👏👏👏

You will do what you are told, you will not vote with your beliefs you will do as you are told

Gaun yersel’ SNP Comrade Ben! MacPherson’s done it again! Cannae wait to be part of such a fantastic branch and getting actively involved as a member! See you soon!

Congratulations Ben! Great result!

Nice one Ben. My English friend told me she voted snp (for you) for the first time this year. 👏🎉

👏 x

Kept us waiting, the final result declared, but it was never in any doubt. I stood in front of the TV and applauded you.

Congratulations Ben , absolute gentleman

Congratulations Ben and good luck.

Well done,Ben! Always knew you were a star ⭐️

Congratulations Ben, you work hard for the community, well deserved win.

Well done and congratulations

Congrats Re-elect Ben Macpherson SNP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith looking forward to working with you further in your next term👏

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3 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

A BIG thank you to all those who voted for me & the Scottish National Party (SNP) today. I walked across the whole constituency & it was great to meet so many folk in passing & see long queues of people determined to cast their votes.

Thank you to all the staff at polling stations too. The result will be announced on Saturday. #democracy 🗳🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
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A BIG thank you to all those who voted for me & the Scottish National Party (SNP) today. I walked across the whole constituency & it was great to meet so many folk in passing & see long queues of people determined to cast their votes. 

Thank you to all the staff at polling stations too. The result will be announced on Saturday. #democracy 🗳🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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You got my vote. Nice to see you by the Prentice Centre too ☺️

Good luck. You got our vote 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿💛

You got my vote 😁 #BothVotesSNP

100% got my vote and I look forward to hearing the celebratory updates in the coming days 👏🏼👏🏼

Congratulations from an extremely thankful and pleased constituent! ♥

Congratulations Ben! Great result!

Congrats, Ben!

Congratulations, Ben, well deserved.

Well done Ben

Correct John he said he walked the whole constituency then he would see how much his council have made ah shit hole of ah place or he is telling porkys

Well done Ben x

WELL DONE Ben!!

Well done Ben and team. We worked really hard and you so deserve a big majority tomorrow

Good Luck Ben. Hope to see you back where you belong

Well done for a great campaign. Keeping my fingers crossed now for the #win you deserve.

you done yourself proud Ben

Congratulations Ben!!! You got my vote!!!

Congratulations Ben 🎉🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🎉

You have my vote.

👍🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

You got my vote 😊

Finally. Congratulations Ben

Fingers crossed.

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3 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

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If you’re in the queue to vote before 10pm you can vote - don’t let the queue put you off!

3 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

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There’s still time! Make your vote count before 10pm.

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GOOD LUCK MR BEN MY TWO SONS AND DAUGHTER FROM LEITH ACADEMY FIRST TIME VOTE FOR SNP .I AM VERY HAPPY TO VOTE FOR RIGHT PERSONALITY

Good luck Ben cast my vote for you today 👍 xxx

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3 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

🗳POLLS CLOSE IN 4 HOURS🗳

Make your plan to vote before 10pm - make sure to make your voice heard!

#VoteSNP for strong representation locally and for the Scottish National Party (SNP) to continue in government led by Nicola Sturgeon.

The SNP's pledges at this election are: snp.org/pledges2021/.
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Given the weather, I was very glad I’d postal voted a couple of weeks ago. Both votes SNP (obvs). Good luck for the count later 😊

Here's toanother convincing win!

All the best Ben

3 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

🗳 POLLS ARE OPEN 🗳

Make your plan to vote before 10pm.

#VoteSNP for experienced and effective representation locally, and for the Scottish National Party (SNP) to continue in government led by Nicola Sturgeon.

The SNP's pledges at this election are: snp.org/pledges2021/.
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Just voted. #BothvotesSNP 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿💛🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿💛🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿💛

Good luck both votes SNP 💛💛💛

Good luck you got my vote 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Done ☑️

Hope it goes well. In spite of big efforts l was denied the opportunity to vote as l live in Spain now, after living in Scotland as a UK citizen for decades. I can only vote in Westminster elections l was told. My proxy who is Scottish and always living in Scotland went to vote this morning, only to be told there was no record of him, even though he has lived at the same address in Edinburgh for 15 years. It took him half an hour to get through to the Electoral Registration Office by phone this morning. He is going to try voting again later after they confirmed that he indeed is registered (as l am as a British voter who lives in Spain but formerly in Leith). It seems quite undemocratic that l have been denied voting today. I hope the SNP have a landslide victory but very sad l won't be part of it.

I’m so concerned this weather will put people off going out this evening , best of luck

Good luck Ben

Don’t come near me or I’ll kick yir ass.

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