Ben Macpherson MSP at Steads Place

Ben Macpherson

MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith

It's a huge honour and a privilege to represent Edinburgh Northern and Leith in the Scottish Parliament.

I have been working hard since the day I was elected as a Member of the Scottish Parliament to serve and represent everyone in our constituency.

I will consistently work constructively and purposefully to make our area better and to contribute positively to our national democracy.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

I am here to work for you.

- Ben

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2 weeks ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Since becoming an MSP, my absolute focus has been on serving Edinburgh Northern and Leith and making Scotland a fairer, better place. And this year my team and I have been doing all that we can to help in the coronavirus crisis. Because we prioritise this work, rather than publicity, I rarely send out press releases or seek media coverage. Therefore, I was grateful to be asked unexpectedly to discuss The Scottish Government’s digital agenda in the latest edition of Holyrood magazine and for the chance to say a bit about my journey, my background and my family’s history of activism - advocating social justice, peace, vegetarianism & independence ~100 years ago. You can read the article here: www.holyrood.com/inside-politics/view,catching-the-wave-interview-with-ben-macpherson. ... See MoreSee Less

Since becoming an MSP, my absolute focus has been on serving Edinburgh Northern and Leith and making Scotland a fairer, better place. And this year my team and I have been doing all that we can to help in the coronavirus crisis. Because we prioritise this work, rather than publicity, I rarely send out press releases or seek media coverage. Therefore, I was grateful to be asked unexpectedly to discuss The Scottish Government’s digital agenda in the latest edition of Holyrood magazine and for the chance to say a bit about my journey, my background and my family’s history of activism - advocating social justice, peace, vegetarianism & independence ~100 years ago. You can read the article here: https://www.holyrood.com/inside-politics/view,catching-the-wave-interview-with-ben-macpherson.

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Thoroughly enjoyed the article, Ben.

I love the fact the digital strategy is being built on an ethical foundation - too many people and orgs get carried away with financial projections. Fab article!

Great article! A really interesting read Ben!

Myself & Johnny Clason were just reminiscing about going back to your parents after school for a vegetarian dinner! 😉😄👌

Keep up the good work

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2 weeks ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

As your constituency MSP and an ex-Bar Manager, I fully appreciate the challenges that the new Covid-19 restrictions bring for Edinburgh Northern and Leith’s remarkable hospitality businesses.⚓️ I know it’s a difficult time and I really empathise with owners, staff and suppliers.❤️ My office and I have worked flat out over the last 48 hours to respond as quickly as possible to enquiries, and provide assistance.📞💻 The Scottish Government has also acted rapidly to provide financial support, and as a Minister I’ve been involved in that too.💷🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Details of grants and employment support are below.⬇️ Keep safe everybody.😷 Lastly, you may wish to consider helping local businesses, if you can, by ordering takeaway from your favourite places🥡🍕🥯🧁🥤...

#persevere #staysafe #stickwithit #SupportLocalBusiness #shoplocal #heretohelp

*** Information on business support ***

Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop has outlined details of a £40 million fund to help businesses affected by temporary restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The COVID-19 Restrictions Fund will provide one-off grants of up to £3,000, depending on rateable value, to bars, restaurants and other businesses required to close by regulations.

A hardship fund with grants of up to £1,500 will support some businesses that remain open but are directly impacted by the restrictions, including those in the direct supply chains of firms that must close from tonight.

In addition, up to £9 million of funding will help with the costs of re-furloughing staff by supporting the 20% salary contribution required by the UK Government.

A discretionary fund of up to £11 million will help businesses that need support but don’t fall into the above categories. This will, for example, support soft play centres that have been unable to re-open this month.

The plan has been developed following discussions with business groups, trades unions and local authorities.

www.gov.scot/news/protecting-jobs-and-businesses/
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As your constituency MSP and an ex-Bar Manager, I fully appreciate the challenges that the new Covid-19 restrictions bring for Edinburgh Northern and Leith’s remarkable hospitality businesses.⚓️ I know it’s a difficult time and I really empathise with owners, staff and suppliers.❤️ My office and I have worked flat out over the last 48 hours to respond as quickly as possible to enquiries, and provide assistance.📞💻 The Scottish Government has also acted rapidly to provide financial support, and as a Minister I’ve been involved in that too.💷🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Details of grants and employment support are below.⬇️ Keep safe everybody.😷 Lastly, you may wish to consider helping local businesses, if you can, by ordering takeaway from your favourite places🥡🍕🥯🧁🥤...

#persevere #staysafe #stickwithit #SupportLocalBusiness #shoplocal #heretohelp 

*** Information on business support ***

Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop has outlined details of a £40 million fund to help businesses affected by temporary restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The COVID-19 Restrictions Fund will provide one-off grants of up to £3,000, depending on rateable value, to bars, restaurants and other businesses required to close by regulations.

A hardship fund with grants of up to £1,500 will support some businesses that remain open but are directly impacted by the restrictions, including those in the direct supply chains of firms that must close from tonight.

In addition, up to £9 million of funding will help with the costs of re-furloughing staff by supporting the 20% salary contribution required by the UK Government.

A discretionary fund of up to £11 million will help businesses that need support but don’t fall into the above categories. This will, for example, support soft play centres that have been unable to re-open this month.

The plan has been developed following discussions with business groups, trades unions and local authorities.

https://www.gov.scot/news/protecting-jobs-and-businesses/

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Freelancers in the fitness industry like my wife are suffering from yo yo lockdowns. How will they survive this?

Your office answered a query from me within 2 hours, thank you!

Dad John Pearson Deborah Pearson This is the msp of your bar area

2 weeks ago

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2 weeks ago

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1 week left to respond to this consultation on an issue that's important here in Edinburgh Northern and Leith. #HaveYourSay ... See MoreSee Less

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Keep up the great work 💪🏻

2 weeks ago

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Ruining a country instead of running it.

Duncan Reid Thanks for your reply. It must be a very tough decision for the First Minister to have to make and she is following advice of medical experts and following strategies of several other major European countries., as she should. Giving people the information to make the right decision has been tried, and the reason the numbers are on the rise again is due to a lot of people completely disregarding safety advice. If you’re looking for someone to blame them blame the idiots having house parties, refusing to wear masks or wash their hands! I’m not a fan of just letting this virus run it’s course, too many people will die. There are vaccines for flu. Obesity and alcoholism are diseases that can be fought with education, will power and treatments. Depression, I fear will only get worse due to the effects of the necessary measures in place. I am a small business owner and have suffered greatly due to restrictions but I’ll put health over money any day. Sadly, we are going to take a big economical hit. I’m sure our First minister doesn’t take these decisions lightly. She’s damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t. I just pray a vaccine will be found soon.

3 weeks ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

I have produced this Community Update, which is currently going out across Edinburgh Northern & Leith, as a reminder that my team & I are #Heretohelp. Please do get in touch if you think I can be of assistance. Kind regards & stay safe, Ben

(Thank you to the Out of Hand Scotland team for delivering this safely & professionally.)
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Got mine, big thank you to a member of your staff who answered a query of mine so quickly.

I admire Ben for his commitment to his constituents. He will always have my vote

Haven't received one - hope to see one.

Nor have I received one.

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👍❤️

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4 weeks ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Humbled and grateful that I’ve now been confirmed as Scottish National Party (SNP) candidate for Edinburgh Northern and Leith, for the Scottish Parliament election next year. Thank you to local members for your incredible support. It’s been an immense privilege to represent our area and I hope to have the honour to serve again.

Since being elected as the first SNP MSP for our constituency in 2016, I have worked tirelessly and with passion to serve all of our diverse communities. I have played a leading role in resolving significant issues in the constituency, like preventing the threatened eviction of Lorne Community Association residents and championing the successful Save Leith Walk campaign. I have also led on tackling motorbike crime in the north of the city, securing investment in the Seafield Waste Water Treatment Works, improving management of the Water of Leith Basins, seeking funding to refurbish Trinity Academy’s campus, supporting community services in Pilton and Granton, and pushing for action to better regulate short-term letting - and, working with others, I have achieved meaningful progress on these and many other important matters.

Furthermore, my team and I have helped thousands of individual constituents and I have supported numerous local organisations and businesses in a multitude of ways.

In Holyrood, as your local MSP, I have been proud to help build a fairer, outward-looking, more progressive Scotland - first as a backbencher and then serving as Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development and now as Minister for Public Finance and Migration. For example, in the last 4.5 years I have helped to take through the Social Security (Scotland) Act, manage the financial response to the Covid-19 crisis, build links in Europe for independence and support EU citizens.

There is much more to do in many ways and this will be a crucial election. Building on my solid record locally and my effective contribution nationally, I am determined to continue to provide our area with the strongest representation, build a fairer society, tackle climate change and deliver independence (in Europe). And I look forward to the campaign ahead. #Persevere ⚓️❤️🌱🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇪🇺

Until then, particularly in these challenging times, my team and I will continue to do all we can to help constituents. Please do get in touch if you need assistance or have queries about coronavirus. #staysafe 😷

#ReElectBen 🗳 #VoteSNP
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Humbled and grateful that I’ve now been confirmed as Scottish National Party (SNP) candidate for Edinburgh Northern and Leith, for the Scottish Parliament election next year. Thank you to local members for your incredible support. It’s been an immense privilege to represent our area and I hope to have the honour to serve again.

Since being elected as the first SNP MSP for our constituency in 2016, I have worked tirelessly and with passion to serve all of our diverse communities. I have played a leading role in resolving significant issues in the constituency, like preventing the threatened eviction of Lorne Community Association residents and championing the successful Save Leith Walk campaign. I have also led on tackling motorbike crime in the north of the city, securing investment in the Seafield Waste Water Treatment Works, improving management of the Water of Leith Basins, seeking funding to refurbish Trinity Academy’s campus, supporting community services in Pilton and Granton, and pushing for action to better regulate short-term letting - and, working with others, I have achieved meaningful progress on these and many other important matters. 

Furthermore, my team and I have helped thousands of individual constituents and I have supported numerous local organisations and businesses in a multitude of ways.

In Holyrood, as your local MSP, I have been proud to help build a fairer, outward-looking, more progressive Scotland - first as a backbencher and then serving as Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development and now as Minister for Public Finance and Migration. For example, in the last 4.5 years I have helped to take through the Social Security (Scotland) Act, manage the financial response to the Covid-19 crisis, build links in Europe for independence and support EU citizens.

There is much more to do in many ways and this will be a crucial election. Building on my solid record locally and my effective contribution nationally, I am determined to continue to provide our area with the strongest representation, build a fairer society, tackle climate change and deliver independence (in Europe). And I look forward to the campaign ahead. #Persevere ⚓️❤️🌱🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇪🇺 

Until then, particularly in these challenging times, my team and I will continue to do all we can to help constituents. Please do get in touch if you need assistance or have queries about coronavirus. #staysafe 😷

#ReElectBen 🗳 #VoteSNP

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All the best Ben as always you can depend on my vote 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Congratulations Ben xxx

Onwards and upwards! 🙂

Richly deserved, well done Ben.

Congratulations Ben. Xx

Cool ,, Only the best for Leith ..

Dont know who I will vote at the next Scottish Elections

Good luck Ben.

Best MSP imo

Excellent, Ben! ⭐️

Great news Ben! Keep on!

Congrats from Sevilla

Congratulations!

Really impressed with your staff, e mailed a query to your e mail this morning and got an almost instant clear and concise reply answering my query!

Congrats 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Congratulations!🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿❤️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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4 weeks ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

I'm very glad to see Leith Theatre secure this support funding from The Scottish Government's Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund through Creative Scotland.⚓️ #persevere ... See MoreSee Less

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Joyce Monaghan

4 weeks ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

I'm pleased to confirm that I have been notified by the SNP National Secretary that I am the sole nominee to be the Scottish National Party (SNP) candidate for Edinburgh Northern and Leith, for the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections.

SNP Edinburgh North & Leith (Leith SNP, Leith Walk SNP & Forth SNP) members who live in the constituency will have received an email for them to confirm my candidacy via an electronic ballot. If you are an SNP member living in Edinburgh Northern and Leith, please check your email and vote to confirm my candidacy (which, on receipt of the requisite number of confirmation votes, will be confirmed on 30 September).

I'd be grateful if local SNP members could message me or comment below to confirm you have voted. Many thanks all - looking forward to the campaign!For the avoidance of doubt, I announce that I have written to SNP Edinburgh Northern and Leith Constituency Association to confirm that I will be seeking to be selected again as the SNP's candidate for the Edinburgh Northern and Leith Constituency for the May 2021 Scottish Parliament elections.

It has been the greatest honour and privilege of my life to represent my home area in the Scottish Parliament since 2016, and to serve in the Scottish Government as a Minister since 2018.

Since being elected as the first SNP MSP for the constituency, I have worked tirelessly and with passion to serve all of the diverse communities of Edinburgh Northern and Leith. I have played a leading role in resolving significant issues in the constituency, like the terrible threatened eviction of Lorne Street residents and the inspiring and successful Save Leith Walk campaign. I have also led on challenging issues like tackling motorbike crime in the north of the city, securing investment in the Seafield Waste Water Treatment Works, arranging effective management of the Water of Leith Basins, working to bring more affordable housing to our area, and pushing for action to better regulate short-term letting - and, working with others, I am proud to have achieved meaningful progress on these and many other issues. My team and I have also helped thousands of individual constituents and I have supported numerous local organisations and businesses in a multitude of ways.

In Holyrood I have been proud to help build a fairer, internationalist, more progressive Scotland, at first as a backbencher and then serving as Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development and now as Minister for Public Finance and Migration.

There is more to do in many, many ways and this will be a crucial election at a difficult time because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis and Brexit. Therefore, building on my experience locally and my contribution nationally, I am putting my name forward again to the SNP as a prospective parliamentary candidate to contest the 2021 election, and to seek re-election to serve the people of Edinburgh Northern and Leith with strength, dedication and determination for another term - committed to continuing to contribute as much as I can to building a fairer society, to tackling climate change, and to securing a positive future for Scotland as an independent, successful, European country.

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Im pleased to confirm that I have been notified by the SNP National Secretary that I am the sole nominee to be the Scottish National Party (SNP) candidate for Edinburgh Northern and Leith, for the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections.

SNP Edinburgh North & Leith (Leith SNP, Leith Walk SNP & Forth SNP) members who live in the constituency will have received an email for them to confirm my candidacy via an electronic ballot. If you are an SNP member living in Edinburgh Northern and Leith, please check your email and vote to confirm my candidacy (which, on receipt of the requisite number of confirmation votes, will be confirmed on 30 September).

Id be grateful if local SNP members could message me or comment below to confirm you have voted. Many thanks all - looking forward to the campaign!

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Good luck Ben!

Goes without saying.....You’d get my vote if I were in your constituency. Good luck!

Fully supportive and voted for you yesterday Ben. Michael

If I had a vote in your area. There would be no doubt Ben. Good luck 🤘🙌👍

Good luck Ben, I am sure your job is far from finished.

Voted for you and best wishes

Voted for you last night..

Done 🙂 🙂

Delighted to have voted for you yesterday. Great work at Seafield. Are our waste water treatment plants ambitious enough in engineering terms to help protect the Oceans from pumping back out our flushed plastics, antibiotics, endocrine disruptors, anti depressants, as well as microfibres from washing all the plastic clothes? Scotland has the engineers - does it have the will to invest away from fossil fuels/ plastics and towards a healthy environment? We need laws to make plastic nurdle pollution from our major manufacturers a major environmental offence, that they pay for and clean up after. Volunteers like myself are sick of being laughed at by amoral profiteers who have taken far more of their fair share of our taxes, our futures and the resources of this fragile earth.

Well done Ben, richly deserved. Good luck to you.

I’ve voted 👍

you got my vote last night ben, good luck in your well deserved nomination, and hopefully, our independence.

Done ✅

Congratulations and Best wishes!!

Good luck Ben, we all know you did a great job so far.

You have got my vote, keep up the good work!

You got my vote Ben!

I didn't get an email Ben?

Congratulations and best wishes I am sure you are and will be the best MSP for the people of Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Done .

Bravíssimo 👏🏼👏🏼🤩

Congratulations. All the best wishes from Rocksalt team. 🙌👏

Done

WONDERFUL NEWS

Huge Congratulations and all the best.

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4 weeks ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

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4 weeks ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Covid-19 update from Nicola Sturgeon today in The Scottish Parliament:

🍻 From Friday, 10 pm curfew on pubs and restaurants.

💻 Work from home if you can.

🏠 From tomorrow, visiting other households indoors will not permitted but please start now. Exemptions for those living alone, in extended households, couples in non-cohabiting relationships, informal childcare provision and tradespeople.

👧 Children under 12 exempt from outdoor restrictions - no limits on play outside.

🧑‍🦰 Young people aged 12-18 exempt from 2 household limit (outdoors), and able to meet others outdoors (up to 6 people).

🚗 No car sharing.

🛒 Package of support for those asked to self isolate - including food deliveries and financial support.

😷 Remember FACTS.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 For more information please check The Scottish Government website: www.gov.scot/news/new-measures-to-drive-down-infection-rate/.

❓ As ever, my team and I are here to assist constituents: ben.macpherson.msp@parliament.scot.Though it doesn’t feel like this now, this pandemic will pass. It won’t last forever and one day, hopefully soon, we will be looking back on it, not living through it.

🙏 Be strong, be kind and stay safe.
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Covid-19 update from Nicola Sturgeon today in The Scottish Parliament:

🍻 From Friday, 10 pm curfew on pubs and restaurants.

💻 Work from home if you can.

🏠 From tomorrow, visiting other households indoors will not permitted but please start now. Exemptions for those living alone, in extended households, couples in non-cohabiting relationships, informal childcare provision and tradespeople.

👧 Children under 12 exempt from outdoor restrictions - no limits on play outside.

🧑‍🦰 Young people aged 12-18 exempt from 2 household limit (outdoors), and able to meet others outdoors (up to 6 people).

🚗 No car sharing.

🛒 Package of support for those asked to self isolate - including food deliveries and financial support. 

😷 Remember FACTS.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 For more information please check The Scottish Government website: https://www.gov.scot/news/new-measures-to-drive-down-infection-rate/.

❓ As ever, my team and I are here to assist constituents: ben.macpherson.msp@parliament.scot.

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Can we plz have clarity on what extended households are ? Does this mean close family or not ?

Can we have clarity on the rules for children under 12 indoors please as this was not made clear this afternoon. Are children under 12 allowed to mix indoors as well as outdoors?

1 month ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

6 years since #indyref & the case for independence has only got stronger - for internationalism, for social justice & for building a greener, wellbeing economy. The warmest welcome to all moving from #NoToYes - we keep looking outwards & we #persevere. #getready #keeptheheid 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇪🇺 ... See MoreSee Less

6 years since #indyref & the case for independence has only got stronger - for internationalism, for social justice & for building a greener, wellbeing economy. The warmest welcome to all moving from #NoToYes - we keep looking outwards & we #persevere. #getready #keeptheheid 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇪🇺

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6 years, eh? Feels like a generation ago. 😜

No to yes.

1 month ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

The Scottish Government wants to hear your views on our proposed new legislation for the regulation of short-term lets. Please consider responding to our consultation.

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1 month ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Better regulation of short-term lets (e.g. AirBnB) is something I’ve pushed hard for action on, on behalf of many constituents. The Scottish Government is now consulting to seek final views on proposed new legislation. I encourage you to submit your views before it closes on 16 October: consult.gov.scot/housing-services-policy-unit/short-term-lets-licensing-scheme/.

The Scottish Government’s proposals include a mandatory licensing scheme to ensure that all short-term lets are safe and to address issues faced by neighbours.

The regulations, if passed by Parliament, would come into force by April 2021. These would also give councils powers to manage pressures created by the use of whole properties as short-term lets.
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Shona Mcintosh

It should also be considered that Airbnb flats are maintained to a higher standard than rentals. In a city such as Edinburgh where there are so many beautiful old buildings it’s good that they’re maintained correctly. Alongside action such as this should be regulations thoroughly checking landlords and the state they keep their properties in for tenants. Since the pandemic, a quick look for rentals shows clearly flats that have been used as Airbnb and flats that have been a rental property for years and years. Please also push for landlords to improve standards of living conditions for renters.

1 month ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

As many of you will already be aware, The Scottish Government have launched the Protect Scotland proximity tracing App to help slow the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus and complement the person-to-person approach of Test and Protect. Over half a million people have downloaded it since it launched yesterday.

The Protect Scotland App from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect is a free, mobile phone App designed to help us protect each other, reduce the spread of coronavirus and avoid further lockdowns.

The App will alert you if you have been in close contact with another App user who tests positive for coronavirus. And if you test positive, it can help in determining contacts that you may have otherwise missed while keeping your information private and anonymous.

Using the Protect Scotland App, along with sticking to current public health measures, will help us to stay safe when we meet up, socialise, work or travel.

As we see the rate of infection start to rise, it is important that we all download and use the Protect Scotland App to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You can download the Protect Scotland app for free here: protect.scot/.
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As many of you will already be aware, The Scottish Government have launched the Protect Scotland proximity tracing App to help slow the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus and complement the person-to-person approach of Test and Protect. Over half a million people have downloaded it since it launched yesterday.

The Protect Scotland App from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect is a free, mobile phone App designed to help us protect each other, reduce the spread of coronavirus and avoid further lockdowns.

The App will alert you if you have been in close contact with another App user who tests positive for coronavirus. And if you test positive, it can help in determining contacts that you may have otherwise missed while keeping your information private and anonymous.

Using the Protect Scotland App, along with sticking to current public health measures, will help us to stay safe when we meet up, socialise, work or travel.

As we see the rate of infection start to rise, it is important that we all download and use the Protect Scotland App to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You can download the Protect Scotland app for free here:  https://protect.scot/.

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700,000 have already downloaded, proud of you Scotland x

Yep, The more people joining the network the higher the chance of slowing it down.

I’m not sure how to enter my positive test that I got back in April. It says ‘enter code’ no idea what it was 🤷🏻‍♀️

Done! And shared.

Thanks I’ve just downloaded and it only took me seconds

Your local registered Nurse Agency approves of this message: 🙂 trust-care.co.uk/2020/09/11/protect-scotland-app/

Why doesn’t she demand the borders closed then she wouldn’t need to give us a daily update and do more about independence How many people actually listen to her it’s so repetitive and is going on for too long She could make a career of it goodness knows how long before it kills more people in Scotland is she doing anything about the amount of camper vans that are crossing the border and bringing the bug with them 🤬🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇮🇪

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1 month ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

🙏 My thanks to the HALF A MILLION plus of you who have already downloaded the Protect Scotland app. Please keep spreading the word - the more who use it, the more effective it will be. We are in this together and together we can save lives.

📲 Download at Protect.scot
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1 month ago

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I agree with the video but we shouldn't forget that UK politicians pandering to Donald Trump began with Alex Salmond. He set the precedent of pandering to the President: www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/donald-trump-youve-been-trumped-too-anthony-baxter-golf-...

1 month ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

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I am actually gobsmacked and outraged this bill must be stopped if it puts devolved powers at risk. How can we stop this?

2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Timeline PhotosWearing a face covering protects those around you. In Scotland, you must wear a face covering:

🔹 in shops
🔹 on public transport
🔹 in certain indoor public places

Some exemptions apply.

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It also reduces the demand upon the NHS which in turn allows for better care of those infected and increases capacity of other treatable conditions.

Evidently 99% of pupils on the bus to and from school have asthma or some reason to be exempt. The 19 of a morning is like a Covid-19 party.

Just in the local park and I am literally the only one wearing one.

Thanks Ben for all your good work

2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

👩‍👧‍👦 Our new Scottish Child Payment of £10 per week, which poverty campaigner's have called a "game-changer" for reducing child poverty, will open for applications in November, with the first payments made from the end of February. #scotpfg ... See MoreSee Less

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£10 on fruit and vegetables is gonna go a long way

2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

🏥 Nicola Sturgeon: "The National Health Service was born out of the tragedy of World War 2.

Let us resolve that we will build out of this COVID crisis, the lasting and positive legacy of a high quality, National Care Service." #scotpfg
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Reviews are all well and good but it’s the actions taken forward that matter . Health and Social Care need action now particularly those resident or working in care homes who have been sadly let down .

2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Tackling the global climate emergency is a moral obligation and Scotland is leading the way.

🌍 By decarbonising our industrial and manufacturing sectors we are playing our part in helping to deliver a net zero economy. #scotpfg
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Ben Macpherson MSP

💷 We're investing £2bn in Scotland's Low Carbon Fund to achieve our climate change target of net-zero emissions by 2045.

🌲 As part of it, we're creating a £100m Green Jobs fund to create new green jobs and investment in a greener economy. #ScotPfG
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Ben Macpherson MSP

💻 Scotland has the potential to become a world-class tech sector and we're committed to making that a reality.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 The Logan Review will help us create a more digitally literate, entrepreneurial and collaborative society. #scotpfg
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👩‍💻 We are establishing a £60m Youth Guarantee to ensure that every young person gets the opportunities they deserve to succeed - whether that be in education, training or work. #scotpfg ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Care professionals from all over the world have played a vital role in caring for our communities during the COVID-19 crisis.

It is mind-boggling that the UK Government has introduced a ‘Health and Care visa’, intended to show the UK’s gratitude to frontline workers in these sectors, but that this initiative bizarrely continues to exclude and disregard the huge contribution of social care workers.

I urge the UK Government to do the right thing and include care workers as eligible for the recently announced ‘Health and Care visa’, so that people who make and have made such an important contribution to our society, particularly recently, can benefit from reduced fees, a fast-track application service, and exemption from the Immigration Health Surcharge.

This report, responding to the Migration Advisory Committee’s call for evidence on the UK Shortage Occupation List (SOL), shows how the UK Government’s ending of freedom of movement, and no replacement general route for what they have wrongly and offensively deemed ‘lower-skilled’ migrants, will be damaging to social care provision and key Scottish sectors of the Scottish economy. Adding social care roles to the SOL would allow employers to recruit international workers at a lower salary threshold of £20,480, instead of the proposed £25,600.

The Scottish Government is clear – we greatly value the skills and contributions of all people who come and settle in Scotland. Inward migration enriches our society for the better and migrants make a net contribution to our economy, our public services and our public finances. Family migration also contributes positively to our demography, and the sustainability of rural and remote communities.

Read: news.gov.scot/news/social-care-amongst-several-roles-that-must-be-on-shortage-occupation-list.
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Care professionals from all over the world have played a vital role in caring for our communities during the COVID-19 crisis.

It is mind-boggling that the UK Government has introduced a ‘Health and Care visa’, intended to show the UK’s gratitude to frontline workers in these sectors, but that this initiative bizarrely continues to exclude and disregard the huge contribution of social care workers.

I urge the UK Government to do the right thing and include care workers as eligible for the recently announced ‘Health and Care visa’, so that people who make and have made such an important contribution to our society, particularly recently, can benefit from reduced fees, a fast-track application service, and exemption from the Immigration Health Surcharge.

This report, responding to the Migration Advisory Committee’s call for evidence on the UK Shortage Occupation List (SOL), shows how the UK Government’s ending of freedom of movement, and no replacement general route for what they have wrongly and offensively deemed ‘lower-skilled’ migrants, will be damaging to social care provision and key Scottish sectors of the Scottish economy. Adding social care roles to the SOL would allow employers to recruit international workers at a lower salary threshold of £20,480, instead of the proposed £25,600.

The Scottish Government is clear – we greatly value the skills and contributions of all people who come and settle in Scotland. Inward migration enriches our society for the better and migrants make a net contribution to our economy, our public services and our public finances. Family migration also contributes positively to our demography, and the sustainability of rural and remote communities.

Read: https://news.gov.scot/news/social-care-amongst-several-roles-that-must-be-on-shortage-occupation-list.

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Absolutely right

2 months ago

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Wonderful plain speaking Scots...very thankful we have Nicola on the case.

I couldn’t believe when I heard this was his strategy to get people back to work , it’s awful

"games abogey" such a great expression.

Well said Nicola

Independence for Scotland.

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2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

You shouldn't socialise with more than 4 other households in total each day.

ℹ That's because limiting the number of people you meet makes it easier for #TestAndProtect to trace close contacts. It also reduces your risk of catching or spreading coronavirus.

🏠 Indoors no more than 8 people from a maximum of 3 households should meet at a time

🌳 Outdoors no more than 15 people from a maximum of 5 households should meet at a time

Detailed guidance at bit.ly/SocialisingPhase3
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I think we should be encouraging people to keep a track of their own movements as well. In two weeks it would be easy to forget a chance interaction, or popping in for a half pint. I think citizens should be encouraged to keep a blow by blow of their movements in their phone Notes or / diary

confused. outdoors it's 4 households. or does that include mine, equaling 5? this is important for outdoor organised activities and everything else of course.

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My drop-in advice surgeries are temporarily cancelled due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak.

My team and I continue to assist constituents and can still be contacted as normal by

email: Ben.Macpherson.msp@parliament.scot or by phone: 0131 600 0134

(Temporarily Cancelled) Every Monday

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Edinburgh
EH5 1NF

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Royston Wardieburn Community Centre

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