On the last day in parliament before the summer recess, I held my Action Mesothelioma Day debate. This is a debate I hold each year to raise awareness of mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer.

Clydebank has an unfortunate legacy of asbestos-related illness so it’s important to raise awareness of this disease and highlight where to get support.

Action Meso Day was on July 5 this year and successfully raised awareness and vital funds to support greater research into tackling mesothelioma.

In my motion, I noted that a £2.1million Cancer Research UK grant has been awarded to the University of Glasgow with the aim of answering the question of why it can take decades for exposure to the fibrous mineral to develop into cancer.

This will be incredibly interesting research, and I sincerely hope they are successful in their endeavours.

Unfortunately, early symptoms such as chest pain, fatigue and constant coughing can be overlooked because they are similar to other illnesses, so we desperately need more research into this disease.

I was delighted that some of the Clydebank Asbestos Group (CAG) were able to join me in parliament for the debate. They do such vital work supporting victims and their families affected by asbestos-related disease.

My thanks again to them for taking the time to join the debate and for all they continue to do. I look forward to continuing to work with them for truth and justice for asbestos victims.

If you are in need of support, please get in touch with them at 0141 951 1008 and if you would like to watch the debate you can find it on Scottish Parliament TV.

A couple of weeks ago I also had the pleasure of meeting my constituent, John Gallacher.

John has just graduated from secondary school and recently achieved the Caritas Award for his service to the community.

To achieve the award, John did a significant amount of work in his local community, including at St Margaret’s Church, assisting with parent evenings and S1 information evenings at his school, organising school discos and events, and being a strong representative for the school at faith events.

John also worked as S6 vice captain, providing support and advice to his peers and arranging their prom.

Whether it is in school, his parish, or local community, John has been a reliable, compassionate and dedicated individual, putting his all into his work.

This award recognises his immense commitment and I really thank him for working for the betterment of our local community.

He is a deserving winner of this award, so I was delighted to recognise his achievements with a motion submitted to parliament. I wish him well as he moves onto his next phase of life at university.

Wishing you a lovely summer.