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Month: January 2017

Beating Bowel Cancer

Beating Bowel Cancer

Bowel cancer is the third most frequently diagnosed cancer in Scotland in both men and women with approximately 4,000 new cases diagnosed each year. After lung cancer, it is the second biggest cancer killer in Scotland with around 1,600 people dying of the disease in Scotland each year.   Statistics show that the likelihood of surviving bowel cancer is 14 times higher if detected at an early stage compared to a Late Stage 1, and the home bowel screening test…

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FairFuel

FairFuel

The SNP have long campaigned for fairer and more transparent taxation of fuel. Last year in advance of the Budget, we joined with FairFuelUK to oppose any hike in fuel duty at a time when the pockets of families, particularly those in rural communities that depend on a car, are squeezed. I am pleased that my SNP colleagues and I were successful in pressuring the Chancellor to keep fuel duty frozen on that occasion.   In this year’s Finance Bill,…

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Donald Trump State Visit

Donald Trump State Visit

Scotland and the USA have deep ties which have long been based on our shared values. It is our duty to speak up for these values, which include tolerance, equality and providing refuge for those in need. The refugee crisis has not gone away and people are still fleeing persecution and war.   My SNP colleagues and I believe that we should be crystal clear in opposing the imposition of blanket bans on people on the basis of their birthplace,…

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Heineken Deal

Heineken Deal

My SNP colleagues and I want to ensure that Scotland’s markets are competitive and fair to consumers and I believe it is vital that Scotland’s vibrant food and drink sector continues to be so. The pub sector in Scotland is fundamentally different to England and Wales. Of the 4,900 pubs in Scotland, 64% are independent free trade pubs with just 17% being tied leased & tenanted pubs. This compares to 43% independent free trade and 39% tied leased & tenanted…

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British Values Oath

British Values Oath

It was proposed by the UK Government’s Secretary of State for Communities that every public office holder in the UK would have to swear an oath of allegiance to British values. The Minister’s proposals came in response to a report on social cohesion by Dame Louise Casey which warned that some sections of society did not accept British values such as tolerance.   Whilst these are important issues and the SNP respects the work that has been carried out by…

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Nuclear Workers Pensions

Nuclear Workers Pensions

The way in which workers in these pension schemes in the nuclear sector have been treated by the UK Government is utterly unacceptable. It was former Tory Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who gave cast-iron assurances that pensions would be protected following privatisation of the nuclear estate, and the current Tory Government has a duty to protect them. My SNP colleague Patricia Gibson raised this issue at Treasury Questions in the House of Commons on 17 January, stating that this cut…

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Trident Missile Test

Trident Missile Test

I am deeply concerned about this dangerous incident and, equally serious, the subsequent cover-up. Brendan O’Hara MP, SNP Spokesperson for Defence at Westminster, raised these issues directly with the Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon in the House of Commons on 23 January 2017, calling for enquiries into both the incident itself and into the Prime Minister’s failure to disclose it.   The longstanding position of the SNP on Trident is unequivocal. We are totally opposed to the spending…

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UK GOVERNMENT SHOWING ‘CONTEMPT’ IN TRIDENT RESPONSE

UK GOVERNMENT SHOWING ‘CONTEMPT’ IN TRIDENT RESPONSE

‘NO CLARITY – NO DETAIL AND INFORMATION WITHHELD FROM PARLIAMENT’  AS COVER UP CONTINUES   SNP Defence team member, Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has said the UK government has shown ‘contempt’ towards communities and Parliament in its response to the revelations about a Trident nuclear missile malfunction last summer.   Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon was summoned to the House of Commons to explain the circumstances of the cover up that followed the incident – particularly as the Prime Minister Theresa May…

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