Sheku Bayoh Inquiry Resumes

Hearings to take evidence in the inquiry into the death in police custody of Sheku Bayoh, in May 2015, resumed in Edinburgh today. I couldn't attend this morning's vigil due to a longstanding constituency engagement, but I sent a message of solidarity to Sheku's courageous sister, Kadi Johnson, and other family members. 'Friends, I send [...]

2022-11-22T16:15:21+00:00November 22nd, 2022|Anti Racism, Human Rights, Justice, Mental Health|0 Comments

Social Security Scotland – building a benefit system to tackle inequality

Last week I read an article in the Daily Record that really rankled with me. It was about the new Social Security Scotland system being developed by the Scottish Government to deliver a range of benefits. Some of these benefits we are taking over from the UK Government, and some are brand new benefits, like [...]

Celebrating Pride Mardi-Gla 2022!

I really enjoyed being part of the amazing Pride Mardi Gla march in Glasgow on 17 July - the first major Pride event in Europe with a theme of bisexuality. The success of this inclusive and diverse event is a wonderful tribute to the many years of campaigning and awareness raising by so many committed [...]

Abortion Care Summit Constructive and Helpful

As the MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, where the Sandyford NHS Clinic is located, I am very concerned by the protests outside healthcare facilities and the events in the USA, especially the appalling decision taken the US Supreme Court to overturn the finding in the Roe v Wade case. I attended the Abortion Care Summit convened [...]

2022-06-29T10:02:31+00:00June 29th, 2022|Health and Wellbeing, Mental Health|0 Comments

Place2Be at St Monica’s (Milton) Primary School

I had a great visit to St Monica's (Milton) Primary School on 10 June to see how they care for their children's mental health with the support of Place2Be. Place2Be has offered child mental health support in Scotland since 2001 and currently reaches over 48,105 pupils and their families in 58 schools. It is a [...]

First Minister confirms summit on Buffer Zones and Abortion Rights to take place in June

At First Minister's Questions on 9 June, Nicola Sturgeon repeated her commitment to ending the intimidating protests outside the Sandyford Clinic in Glasgow Kelvin, and other sexual health clinics around the country. She also committed to convening the promised summit on Buffer Zones and Abortion Rights later this month. Watch her answer a question put [...]

Women’s Health Minister meets staff at the Sandyford Clinic

I am pleased to report that the Women's Health Minister, Maree Todd, visited the Sandyford Clinic and Queen Elizabeth Hospital today to meet staff providing abortion healthcare. I welcome her statement as follows: 'Women must have the right to access abortion without fear or intimidation. And it goes without saying that the same goes for [...]

2022-05-26T15:52:05+00:00May 26th, 2022|Justice, Mental Health, News, sexual health|0 Comments

Statement on Protests at the Sandyford Sexual Health Clinic

Many constituents have contacted Kaukab about the disturbing reports of noisy and intimidating anti-abortion protestors targeting the Sandyford Clinic in Glasgow Kelvin earlier this week. Kaukab believes the protestors' actions to be wholly inappropriate and unacceptable. People exercising their autonomous right to healthcare services should not face protests and intimidation as they do so. Kaukab [...]

2022-05-26T15:53:33+00:00May 13th, 2022|Mental Health, Parliament, sexual health|0 Comments
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