Scotland’s Economic Priorities

I spoke in this parliamentary debate on what Scotland’s economic priorities should be. There is no doubt that the challenges of record inflation, the pandemic, Brexit and the Ukraine war affecting supply chains, have been exacerbated by the UK Government other economic policies which fail to put ordinary people first and tackle the cost of […]

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Community Wealth Building

I was proud to contribute in a debate about community wealth building in parliament. The key principles of community wealth building are vital for regenerating our economy: progressive procurement; fair employment; shared ownership; the just use of land; and financial decisions that benefit the local community. However,  we need a local-first approach to all procurement […]

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Striking University Staff

I was proud to contribute in the debate on striking university staff. The Scottish Government cannot wash its hands of conditions in a sector it contributes over £1 billion a year to. Staff pay in the sector has fallen dramatically over the past decade and too many workers are on precarious fixed term contracts. I […]

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Public Ferries Debate

My motion on keeping CalMac in the public sector was selected for debate following cross-party support. Leading the debate, I laid out in my speech why the Scottish Government’s long term failure to invest in new fleet for Calmac is responsible for the ongoing crisis rather than the public ownership model.    I am fighting […]

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P&O Safety Concerns

Reports a new crew will work seven-day weeks on poverty pay on P&O’s Cairnryan-Larne route are worrying. I have urged the Scottish Government to meet with the UK safety regulator, and I argued trade unions must be invited to those discussions.

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FFP3 Masks

NHS staff need effective PPE, but a BMA survey suggests just 15% in Scotland are regularly given FFP3 masks, the best available. Experts say the need to update guidance is a “matter of life and death”. I asked the First Minister to ensure staff are protected.

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Domestic Abuse Charges

On Wednesday 26 January, I led a member’s debate on domestic abuse charges. I believe the Scottish Government must analyse and evaluate the outcomes of specialist domestic abuse courts in Glasgow and Edinburgh, with a view to rolling them out across the country.

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