In TODAY’S society we have a pretty effective learning support system throughout our primary and secondary schools to ensure those requiring additional help get it.

Unfortunately, once secondary comes to an end these individuals are suddenly left with minimum or completely without support that they may require to get through college.

I am starting a campaign to raise awareness of this issue and encourage cross party support.

People with ADHD, dyslexia etc should not be disadvantaged in continuing their studies and it is incredibly important that the support is there when needed.

As a nation, we have many successful individuals with these difficulties.

Jackie Stewart as a local example, is also championing the support for people with dyslexia and other learning difficulties.

We need to ensure our young people do not feel abandoned upon leaving secondary school and that they have the ability and support required to allow them to progress into whatever field they desire.

These individuals are missing out on opportunities through no fault of their own. I am working on this through the cross party group for dyslexia and will continue to do so.

Within the parliament I hold the position covering community safety, which incorporates local policing. One of the first calls I made was to see more police on the street, available to speak with local residents and revert to community and preventative policing.

Many people have commented to me recently that they have noticed an increase in police presence, that it makes them feel safer and that it’s nice to see the police integrating with the community again.

I hope this can continue and increase, keeping our community friendly and safe.

I was glad to see the proposed Named Person Act finally dropped.

The SNP Government have been attempting to push this through despite widespread criticism.

It should have been dropped a long time ago, before wasting chamber time debating it and the vast amount of public money that has been spent.