Since 2015, I’ve been working to support women born in the 1950s who have had their pension entitlement altered, forcing many to wait an extra six years to receive their state pension.

The majority of these women either didn’t receive any communication informing them of this change or were informed far too late to change their retirement plans.

Over 3.8 million women across the UK – including 8,000 in Renfrewshire – have shamefully been denied their state pension and the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) organisation has campaigned tirelessly to encourage the UK government to fix this problem.

Successive UK governments have failed the WASPI women.

In some cases, women will lose up to £45,000 as a result of these disastrous changes.

Together with the WASPI women, I have organised a public meeting at Paisley Grammar School on December 7, from 6pm to 8pm.

This will provide an opportunity for those affected by this issue to receive support and hear more about the campaign.

Last week, I also spoke in a debate on a recent self-authored report on the House of Lords which attempts to modernise this shambolic institution.

Unsurprisingly, this report falls far short of the modernisation that is required to bring the House of Lords into the 21st century.

The report proposes to reduce the Lords to 600 by adopting a ‘two out, one in’ system and introducing term limits of 15 years for new peers.

However, with no proposed method to proactively cut the number of peers who serve until they retire or expire, the reduction to 600 may take decades.

That being said, for the Lords, decades is revolutionary pace!

The SNP, rightfully, has no peers sitting in the Lords as we are not playing this self-serving game.

In contrast, 70 per cent of the current peers come from the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems.

If a second political chamber is required, then it should have representatives who are elected by the people rather than appointed by party cronies.

The Lord Speaker’s report falls spectacularly short of what any developed Western democracy should be aiming for.

Meanwhile, the EU Withdrawal Bill is currently making its way through the Parliament, with almost 500 amendments to be debated.

The process has not only laid bare the divisions in the UK government but also highlighted that both the Tories and Labour have no great desire to give the Scottish Parliament a final say on the terms of Brexit.

It is clear that the chaotic EU Withdrawal Bill in its current form is damaging and unworkable but I and the SNP will continue to work to try to secure the best possible legislation for Scotland.