An update from Ben Macpherson MSP

The following was originally circulated by Ben Macpherson MSP on 20 April 2020.

As your local MSP, I’m writing to ask whether there’s anything I can help with or that you’d like to raise with me? I also want to update you on a few things, mostly to do with the coronavirus outbreak. As always, the best way to keep up-to-date with what I’m doing is to follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Working together with our Councillors, Deidre Brock MP, Tommy Sheppard MP and local organisations, my team and I have been very busy this month responding to a large number of enquiries about the lockdown and its consequences. Please do let me know if you or any of your neighbours need assistance.

In line with the emergency regulations and guidance, I have had to close my constituency office and cancel my advice surgeries because of the outbreak. However, constituents can of course contact me as normal at or by telephone on 0131 600 0134.

This section of my website has various useful links too and recently the Scottish Government also launched a national helpline(0800 111 4000) to provide essential assistance to those who don’t have a network of support but who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19. Furthermore, please visit to access medical information and advice.

Holyrood update

As some of you will be aware, in February I was appointed as Minister for Public Finance and Migration in the Scottish Government. I support the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Kate Forbes MSP. In recent weeks we have of course been fully focused on the government response to the pandemic and supporting both public services and businesses through this crisis.

Edinburgh Northern and Leith Constituency update

Again, as you would expect, I have mostly been working to support constituents in need, local businesses and local organisations in this crisis.

Keep in touch

As your local MSP, and as a Minister in the Scottish Government, I’m constantly working with colleagues to help as much as I can in this challenging time. It’s always great to hear from local members, so please do get in touch if there’s anything you want to raise or suggest – or even if you just want to say hello. And as mentioned previously, I regularly post updates on social media if you’d like to follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Let’s all keep doing what we can to stay safe and support others through this crisis.

Keep in touch, take care and best wishes,


Ben Macpherson, MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith

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