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 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.

 

Questioning Mike Russell on the Finance and Constitution Committee

The evidence from Mike Russell MSP, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, during the Finance and Constitution Committee yesterday was clear, the consent of the Scottish Parliament throughout the negotiations over the EU Withdrawal Bill remains crucial. Consent remains a fundamental principle of devolution and we can’t let the UK Government undermine the powers of the Scottish 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.

Intangible Cultural Heritage Debate

Today I spoke in support of the Scottish Government’s motion calling on the UK Government to ratify the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Community traditions and practices have had a significant impact on our society for hundreds of years, and it is right to recognise the way they continue to shape our national identity. Scotland’s intangible culture deserves the international recognition that other cultures have secured, and anything less sells Scotland short. Watch my speech below, where I touch on two seasonal Celtic traditions we still celebrate today.

 

 (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill Stage 3 Debate

Last night I spoke in favour of the Scottish Government’s UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill. This was introduced to protect the devolution settlement and Scottish Parliament from an unashamed power-grab from Westminster. It does nothing more than protect existing powers and is vital in ensuring the continuity of Scots laws in relation to devolved areas after Brexit.