Monthly Archives: August 2016

Helen’s Law

While I understand the deep upset that the murder of a relative or loved one causes, and that this must be greatly amplified when the remains are not available for burial and a sense of closure, the kind of change … Continue reading

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Pensions Act 1995 – Section 75

I can assure you that the SNP share your concerns. As you may be aware, the UK Government launched a consultation on the ‘employer debt’ regulations in March 2015 to look at this very issue. My SNP colleagues and I have … Continue reading

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Christians in the Middle East

The way that Christians, Yazidis and other minorities are being targeted in the areas controlled by Daesh across Syria and Iraq is appalling.   The plight of the Christian community in Syria and Iraq is of deep concern to me. … Continue reading

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Letting Agent Fees

Letting agencies are subject to a separate legal system in Scotland from the rest of the UK. In Scotland, it is illegal for letting agencies to charge you for certain things before you agree to rent a property. For example, … Continue reading

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Pitchford Enquiry

The Pitchford Inquiry does not extend to Scotland and its current remit is only to report on undercover police operations conducted by police forces in England and Wales since 1968.   Both myself, MP and MSP colleagues as well as … Continue reading

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Future of our Seas Post-Brexit

A great deal of the environmental legislation that protects our marine environment comes from the European Union. The best way to ensure that we continue building on the progress that has already been made is to protect Scotland’s place within … Continue reading

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Sex-selective Abortion

This practice is rightly illegal under the Abortion Act 1967. You may be aware that the Scotland Act 2016 has devolved control of abortion law to the Scottish Parliament, and the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has made her view clear … Continue reading

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Bees and Neonicotinoids

I share your deep concern about the worldwide decline in bee population.   The current position in Scotland is that European Union legislation does not allow three neonicotinoid insecticides to be used on crops with flowers that are attractive to … Continue reading

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