Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:10 pm on 23rd March 2021.

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Photo of Neil Gray Neil Gray Scottish National Party, Airdrie and Shotts 3:10 pm, 23rd March 2021

It is very kind of my hon. Friend to say so.

In my maiden speech, I thanked my wife Karlie and my then 11-month-old daughter Isla for their love and support. I said then that it would not be standing up to Tory Governments or standing up for the people of Airdrie and Shotts that I would find most challenging, but missing my family when I am here—and so it has proved. But now that I have not only Isla, but Finlay, Emmie and Freya to be missing, being closer to home to be a good father, and being in the constituency more, is what motivates me to want to leave this place and seek election to Holyrood to continue my service to local people. If I am successful, I just hope that that service will, soon, be in an independent Scottish Parliament.