Following Esther McVey’s appointment as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, there’s a real opportunity to revisit the issue of the horrific rape clause. That’s the Tory policy of making women who have a third or subsequent child as a consequence of a rape fill...read more
Our NHS is in crisis due to lack of funding. Freezing weather is no excuse for rise in NHS waiting times.
Blaming icy roads for the rise in hospital waiting times is about as convincing an excuse as “leaves on the line” is for your train being late. Yet that’s exactly what Health Secretary Shona Robison did when questioned on our NHS’s ability to cope with winter. And...read more
FORMER SCOTTISH Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has called for confirmation of what date work on the Queensferry Crossing will be complete. In a written parliamentary Question, Dugdale also asked when the bridge would be fully operational. But the Lothian’s MSP said in a...read more
“Hand’s up if you’re hopeful about the future?” One of the best aspects of being an MSP is visiting schools and speaking to young people about politics. I quite often spend an hour with a Modern Studies class talking about the Parliament and how it works. It was in...read more
Response to the First Minister’s Statement regarding an Apology to those convicted for same-sex sexual activity that is now legal
Presiding Officer, apologies in this place are often offered through gritted teeth and follow a period of acrimony where one party has actively pursued and proven a mistake or a flaw, ...a diversion or hidden truth, …even a scandal. This apology is very different....read more