Category Archives: Debates in Parliament

Scotland’s International Development Strategy – Parliamentary Debate

The first week back in the Scottish Parliament saw a debate on the Scottish Government’s new international development strategy, and I was pleased to join the debate. Internationalism is a proud facet of socialism, and so my Scottish Labour colleagues and … Continue reading

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SNP back more cuts

The recent Stage 1 budget debate was an opportunity to make a real difference to peoples’ lives by using the powers of the Scottish Government to put more money into schools and other vital services. Despite having this power SNP … Continue reading

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Debate on Fuel Poverty 

Last week I headed to the Chamber to debate the issue of fuel poverty. It is obvious now that the Scottish Government will not come close to meeting this year’s target to eradicate all fuel poverty, and the statistics on … Continue reading

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Keep CalMac in public hands

Today the Scottish Parliament will debate the fate of CalMac, the Clyde and Hebridean ferry service between mainland Scotland and 22 west coast islands. Its contract is currently out of tender, and Scottish Labour is determined to fight to stop … Continue reading

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Community owned Portpatrick Habour

  Last week I gave a speech in the chamber on the third stage of the Harbours (Scotland) Bill. Ports are a national asset, and it is vital that we allow them to flourish without the threat of privatisation attached … Continue reading

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Just transition to a low carbon economy

With the Parliament back in full swing following the summer recess, I spoke last week in the Scottish Government debate “Progress in the Scottish Economy.” Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy John Swinney lodged a motion praising Scotland’s uninterrupted … Continue reading

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Scottish Parliament debates support for Palestinian independence

Last week the Scottish Parliament debated a two state solution for the Israeli Palestinian conflict. I extend my thanks to Sandra White MSP for bringing this important debate to the Chamber, and was grateful for the opportunity to speak in … Continue reading

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Adapting to the challenges of climate change

Earlier this month I spoke in a debate on the Scottish Government’s draft climate change adaptation programme following investigation by the Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Environment and Climate Change Committee. The programme aims to increase  the resilience of Scotland’s people, environment, and … Continue reading

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Future of Community Transport debated

Earlier this week I sat in on a debate in Parliament about the future of community transport services across the country. The debate followed the publication of a report by the Parliament’s Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee on the subject … Continue reading

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Oxfam – Debating ‘Our Economy’

My first speech following the summer recess was in a Member’s Debate on Oxfam’s ‘Our Economy: Towards a New Prosperity’ report.  You can see it the video at 33mins 30secs. The report argues that the UK’s current economic model is … Continue reading

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