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LGBT+ Rights in Chechnya

LGBT+ Rights in Chechnya

I share the public’s deep concern and I am alarmed by the reported violations of human rights in Chechnya. My SNP colleagues and I fully endorse Amnesty International’s call to action to protect those at risk in the region. The international community has a responsibility to raise concerns about human rights violations with Russia at the highest level. I believe that more generally, we require a way to ensure that in our interactions with other countries, we have particular attention…

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Royal Archive

Royal Archive

Scotland’s Freedom of Information regime is internationally recognised and we are determined to continue developing a culture of openness and transparency across our public services. My colleagues in the SNP Scottish Government have recently closed a consultation on extending Freedom of Information rights to Registered Social Landlords, on the basis that they undertake functions of a public nature, as part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring that Scotland’s Freedom of Information legislation remains robust and up-to-date.   You make a…

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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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Protections for Ancient Woodland

Protections for Ancient Woodland

‘Protection for Ancient Woodland’ is a devolved matter, and the UK Government’s Housing White Paper does not apply in Scotland, and therefore my SNP colleagues and I will not vote on measures which have no impact on Scotland.   The Scottish Government is streets ahead of Westminster on housing, having abolished the unaffordable Right to Buy, which has allowed the SNP to deliver thousands of new homes available for social rent.  Moreover, the Scottish Government are investing over £3 billion…

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Sale of English Student Loans

Sale of English Student Loans

As you may be aware, students affected by the sell-off will be those students who entered repayment between 2002 and 2006 and only those living in England at the time they applied for their student finance. This decision will not impact Scottish students and the SNP Scottish Government have no intention of following the UK Government down the same privatisation path, that will ultimately be a bad deal for students. While this decision does not impact Scottish students – and…

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