Author Archives: Claudia

Plastic pollution in our seas

Greenpeace visited the Scottish Parliament recently to continue their campaign for a Deposit Return Scheme to stop plastic pollution getting into our marine environment. A team from Greenpeace travelled around the Scottish coast in the Beluga II documenting the impact … Continue reading

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Kez Dugdale responds to Brexit Bill

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale today said Labour will not support the Tories’ EU Withdrawal Bill unless there is a ‘clear presumption of devolution’. Ms Dugdale said the Tories are intent on forcing through a Brexit that risks jobs and … Continue reading

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Labour pledged to increase minimum wage to £10 an hour.

Scottish Labour will increase the statutory minimum wage currently at £7.50 per hour to £10 and scrap the lower youth rate of £5.60 an hour for those aged 18-20, and £7.05 for 21-24 year olds, in favour of a single £10 … Continue reading

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Common Agricultural Policy

The delivery of the Common Agriculture Policy payments has been one of the SNP Government’s biggest debacles. As a representative of many farmers across rural South Scotland, I thought it was very important to speak in the recent debate on … Continue reading

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Air Passenger Duty debate

I recently spoke in the Stage 3 debate of the Air Departure Tax Bill. Scottish Labour are adamant that the SNP proposal to cut Air Passenger Duty – a tax currently paid on taking flights – is not progressive, fair, … Continue reading

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Re-elected to CPG Carers

I am delighted to be re-elected as Co-Convenor of the Cross Party Group on Carers, along with Graeme Dey MSP. The CPG held the AGM in Parliament yesterday, and both Graeme and I were unanimously voted to continue the same … Continue reading

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Clydesdale Members of Scottish Youth Parliament

I was delighted to welcome Kyle Slater MSYP into the Parliament last week and was joined by Reece Harding MSYP, both Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament for the Clydesdale constituency. I have been very supportive of the Scottish Youth … Continue reading

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Scotland one step closer to banning fracking

Scottish Labour has moved a step closer to banning fracking in Scotland. I have announced my intention to press ahead with a Member’s Bill to outlaw the controversial practice across the country. A public consultation ahead of the bill found that 87 per … Continue reading

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Tail shortening

The SNP and Tories have worked together to revoke the ban on tail shortening in certain breeds of working dog. 61 in favour of lifting the ban and 57 against. The Scottish Labour government instigated the ban on what most … Continue reading

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Smart Energy

Last week I attended an event in the Scottish Parliament, hosted by the voice of the smart meter rollout, Smart Energy GB. Smart meters are a great opportunity to take control of your gas and electricity and there is no … Continue reading

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