Violence Against Women Debate

I spoke in this important debate on the International day for the elimination of violence against women and girls and the following 16 days of activism. I talked about some horrendous examples which demonstrate the need to take eliminate violence against women and girls in this country and worldwide.

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National Drugs Mission

I was proud to speak in the debate on tackling the stigma around people who use drugs in Scotland. We need policies that address poverty, deprivation and Scotland’s wider health inequalities. I argued that successful harm reduction programmes can reduce the stigma around drug use. Therefore, it is important that discussions are taking place in […]

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Fireworks Bill

The Scottish Parliament has now passed the Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill at Stage 3. Once implemented, the bill will set out new laws and guidance around the purchasing of fireworks in Scotland with the aim of curbing their misuse. These include the introduction of a new license, which you will be required to […]

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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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