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Month: April 2017

Bees

Bees

I share your concern regarding neonicotinoid pesticides and the potentially detrimental effects which could be caused to bees, if the current restrictions on these pesticides are lifted.   At present in Scotland, significant restrictions are currently in place regarding the use of three neonicotinoids on plants which are attractive to bees; clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. These restrictions derive from EU legislation which came into force on 1 December 2013. Although in 2015 the UK Government temporarily lifted the ban on…

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Proposed Takeover of Sky

Proposed Takeover of Sky

I believe that a free, open and diverse press is vital to a healthy and vibrant democracy.   A takeover bid of this magnitude should always be properly and robustly scrutinised and it is important that this is done in a fully transparent and thorough manner. Earlier this month, the UK Government’s Secretary of State for Culture, Karen Bradley, asked the media regulator Ofcom and the competition regulator, the CMA, to explore the detail of the proposed takeover.   These…

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Children’s Funeral Fund

Children’s Funeral Fund

My SNP colleagues and I take the issues of funeral costs – and the related problem of funeral poverty – very seriously.The SNP Scottish Government funded the report “Funeral Poverty in Scotland”, published by Citizens’ Advice Scotland in February 2016, looking at this problem, before holding a national funeral poverty conference in November 2016. This will lead into the Scottish Government’s funeral costs plan, which will be published later in 2017.   There has been a 90% rise in the…

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Independence #ScotRef

Independence #ScotRef

I believe the people of Scotland deserve a choice over our future.   In the EU referendum there was a 24-point margin in Scotland for Remain. Despite this, the Scottish Government put forward compromise proposals that would have reluctantly meant leaving the EU if we could at least stay in the Single Market.   Unfortunately the UK Government decided to reject this compromise and is insisting on a course of action that it said before the EU referendum, would make…

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SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT SPENDS £400M FIGHTING TORY WELFARE CUTS

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT SPENDS £400M FIGHTING TORY WELFARE CUTS

The Scottish Government has spent nearly £400m since 2013 in an effort to alleviate Tory cuts to household incomes, new figures reveal.   The figures were revealed in response to a parliamentary question by SNP MSP Ruth Maguire, and show that £152m was spent on the Scottish Welfare Fund and £125m on Discretionary Housing Payments over the past four year period.   The Scottish Welfare Fund provides a safety net for vulnerable Scottish families, while Discretionary Housing Payments covers households…

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