European Union (Withdrawal) Bill Debate

Yesterday I spoke in the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill Debate, and called on the UK Government to listen to the Scottish Parliament. We cannot compromise on a fundamental premise of devolution- consent. The Scottish Parliament was unanimous- Scottish Tories alone in their opposition- in refusing consent for the Bill, and it is now time for the UK Government to reconsider its power grab on this Parliament’s powers.

NHS Tayside Public Inquiry Debate

I spoke in the NHS Tayside Public Inquiry Debate, and acknowledged the importance of feedback to public services in order to improve the quality of services people are able to access – especially in an area as important as mental health. I welcome the fact that NHS Tayside Chairman John Brown has commissioned an independent inquiry into the mental health services offered by NHS Tayside, and it is crucial that recommendations be undertaken as a matter of priority.

David Mundell MP admits UK Government willing to act in contradiction of Scottish Parliament

Today, David Mundell MP Secretary Of State for Scotland, admitted that the UK Government would take the explicit refusal of consent by the Scottish Parliament as a ‘consent decision’, allowing the Tory Government to legislate in devolved areas of policy.
He described himself as ‘happy’ with the amended clause 11, that completely undermines Scottish devolution and would restrict the The Scottish Parliament‘s powers for up to 7 years.
While the Secretary of State for Scotland appears unwilling or unable to act in Scotland’s interests, the Scottish National Party has been clear- we must not allow the Tories to sell out devolution and undermine our Parliament.

Conservative Party Members Debate: NHS Tayside

Today I spoke in the Conservative Party Members Debate on NHS Tayside. The Government’s handling of this situation has been open and transparent from the start, and the Cabinet Secretary has taken decisive action to maintain public confidence. For the opposition to come to the chamber and question the funding of the Scottish NHS with no serious funding plans of their own is not credible and not the serious approach the issue and Scotland deserves.

FMQS: Progress on EU Withdrawal Bill

During First Minister’s Questions, I asked the First Minister whether the EU Withdrawal Bill had been adequately amended by the UK Government in order to meet the expectations of the Scottish Government. It is deeply concerning that the UK Government seems intent on undermining Scottish devolution as we know it. Watch below for the First Minister’s answer.