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Minister says UK government must change tack on migration

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Migration Minister Ben Macpherson MSP has written to the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, urging the UK Government to recognise the crucial importance of migrants in delivering and sustaining essential front-line services and industries.The letter...

Europe Minister visits Italy for talks

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Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development Minister Ben Macpherson attended an international conference in Italy last weekend and told those attending that Scotland is open and pro-European in the face of Brexit.At the...

New market opened by the Lord Provost at Ocean Terminal

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Ocean Terminal, which will soon change its name to PORTA, opens Edinburgh’s newest market, showcasing the best of local artisan arts, crafts and confectionery today.The Rt Hon Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Frank Ross officially...

MSP calls for U-turn on Universal Credit

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Edinburgh Northern and Leith MSP Ben Macpherson has renewed calls for an immediate halt to Universal Credit after it was revealed that Edinburgh council is spending millions of pounds to undo the damage of...

MSP encourages local businesses to pay the Scottish Living Wage

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SNP MSP Ben Macpherson has urged businesses in Edinburgh Northern and Leith to sign up to the Scottish Living Wage, as part of Living Wage Week which runs until 10 November.The Scottish Living Wage...

Scottish Government support for Zambia

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Local MSP Ben Macpherson is also the International Development Minister and he has today announced a package of support to assist Zambia in developing their Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and improving patient care. £50,000 is being...

Celebrate St Andrew’s Day – and the day after

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The Scottish Government has backed Scotland's Winter Festivals with £550,000 beginning on 30 November, St Andrew's Day and running all the way through to Burns Night on 25 January. Ben Macpherson MSP Minister for Europe,...

Cold house? Get along to a Winter Warmth Constituent Advice Surgery

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Winter Warmth Constituent Advice Surgery is being held with Ben Macpherson MSP on 12 October 2018 from 1-2.30pm at McDonald Road Library Next Friday there will be a surgery in the library on the corner...

Minister announces funding for solar panels on ‘Livingstone’s Hospital’

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Local MSP and Minister for International Development Ben Macpherson is in Zambia. Today he announced a joint project between the Scottish Government, First Aid Africa and local businesses to ensure an electricity supply for...

Local MSP is off to Malawi

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International Development Minister, Ben Macpherson who also represents Edinburgh North and Leith will visit Malawi to see the impact of Scotland’s longstanding partnerships. In his first visit to the country since being appointed to government,...

International Day of Peace recognised at Holyrood

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Members of the Scottish Parliament yesterday debated the importance of peace and official recognition of the UN’s International Day of Peace, following a motion raised by Bill Kidd MSP.The day, observed annually on 21st...

Joseph from Socks for the Street welcomed to Holyrood

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 BIG-HEARTED YOUNGSTER COLLECTS SOCKS FOR EDINBURGH’S HOMELESSSNP MSP Ben Macpherson welcomed  Joseph Cox and his young brother to Holyrood today, where the youngster picked up MSP donations to his collection of socks and underwear...

Council encouraged to apply for energy efficiency funding

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SNP MSP Ben Macpherson who has a background in renewable energy has encouraged The City of Edinburgh Council to apply for a share of The Scottish Government’s £11m fund to deliver energy efficiency improvements to...

MSP sleeps out to support homeless village

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Edinburgh Northern and Leith MSP Ben Macpherson was among the hundreds of people who slept out in the private gardens in Charlotte Square on Thursday night to raise money for the first homeless village...

Glow Gold welcomed at Holyrood by local MSP

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We reported to you in our summer print edition about the Glow Gold campaign which would light up some of our important buildings in September. Ben Macpherson MSP tells us he was proud to welcome...

The Local Hero experience

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by Melanie WeigangWhat a day, undoubtedly Saturday was one of the best days in my life. Being nominated as Local Hero by our MSP Ben Macpherson for Edinburgh Northern and Leith on behalf of the Lorne Community...

Ben’s Local Hero is delighted!

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A fight has been ongoing in Leith's Lorne Street this year to keep tenants in their houses which they have rented from the Agnes Hunter Trust for years.The local MP and MSP have both...

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