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Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman UK visit

Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman UK visit

I’ve received emails from many constituents concerning the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman’s to the UK. The SNP have been vocal in recent years in their calls for the UK Government to cease arms deals with the Saudi Arabian Government. My SNP colleagues Ian Blackford and Chris Law MP have spoken in the House of Commons, calling for an immediate end to arms sales to Saudi Arabia, in line with other European countries. There can no longer…

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PIP Assessments

PIP Assessments

Both the UK Government’s PIP and ESA process is inherently flawed, and the whole system of disability assessments needs a complete overhaul. According to Scottish Government data from Oct 2017, around 30,000 disabled people could lose entitlement to non-means tested disability benefits due to re-assessment to from DLA to PIP. According to DWP figures from Dec 2017, one in five claimants who had gone through mandatory reconsideration for PIP had their aware changed – meaning 20% of initial decisions were…

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Carers Allowance and Pensioners

Carers Allowance and Pensioners

Pensioners in Scotland and across the UK make an enormous contribution to our care system. The contribution that carers make to our society is priceless. It’s only right that they are duly valued and properly supported. The SNP Scottish Government have taken number of actions to support carers. The Scottish Government will use new social security powers coming to the Scottish Parliament to boost cares’ incomes. I’m proud to say that from next summer onwards, Carer’s Allowance will be increased…

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Driverless Cars and Climate Change

Driverless Cars and Climate Change

I’ve received a number of campaign emails seeking my views on the issue of driverless cars and climate change. Vehicle insurance policies must be set up in a way to make it easy to facilitate automated vehicles in the future, and the recent Automated Vehicles Bill worked to ensure that this is the case. SNP MPs are, however, concerned about the potential costs to policyholders, and contention over liability between manufacturers and insurers. It is incredibly important that in the…

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Immigration Detention

Immigration Detention

The routine use of immigration detention is appalling. The fact that the UK is unique in the EU in not even having any time limit on detention is shameful. The SNP Westminster Group have called on the UK Government to demand a time limit on detention, better judicial oversight of decisions to detain. We need a new approach which prioritises compassion and fairness over punishment and isolation – helping those who seek asylum to more easily integrate into our communities…

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Palestinian Children and Ahed Tamimi

Palestinian Children and Ahed Tamimi

I share the concerns of a number of constituents who have contacted me about the arrests of Palestinian children and outrage at the continued detention of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi in Israel. This practice is in violation of international law and is something that the SNP outright condemns. The SNP support the European Union position of a two-state solution and we firmly encourage Israel and Palestine to reach a sustainable, negotiated settlement under international law, based on mutual recognition and the…

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Crisis in Yemen

Crisis in Yemen

The crisis in Yemen is devastating and entirely man-made. My SNP colleagues and I are in agreement as to the steps the UK Government must now take as a matter of urgency, in particular with regard to permanently ending the blockade on Yemen as a matter of urgency. Indeed, SNP Members of Parliament have made repeated calls on these points in the House of Commons on numerous occasions during debate on the political and humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Furthermore, we…

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Childcare and Childcare Vouchers

Childcare and Childcare Vouchers

The delivery of affordable childcare is crucial for the development of children as well as providing support for families. In Scotland the SNP Government have committed to almost doubling the funded Early Learning and Childcare entitlement from 600 to 1,140 by 2020 in a bid to transform the life chances of children in Scotland. Our universal childcare offer is unmatched in the rest of the UK – in Scotland all 3 and 4 year olds, and eligible 2 year olds,…

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