Internal Market Bill – consequences for teachers

The SNP has had regular meetings with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) regarding the threat the Internal Market Bill poses to the profession in Scotland. We share the concerns raised by the GTCS and the issue was raised by our Education Spokesperson and former teacher, Carol Monaghan, during the bill’s passage. Scotland has […]

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Updated Beer Duty response

I recognise the social, cultural and economic role played by pubs and understand the difficulties they are facing during this health crisis. The UK Government has cancelled its budget announcement for this year, but the SNP will continue to demand action to protect the sector. Indeed, the SNP has consistently demanded reform of the UK […]

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APPG meeting on Choice at the End of Life, 3 Nov’20

The issue of assisted dying is hugely important and sensitive. Traditionally, votes on assisted dying have been a matter of conscience for the SNP. It is important that sensitive issues such as this remain free votes so that members of parliament can express their own views as well as those of their constituents. Assisted dying […]

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Marine compliance

Marine compliance is a devolved matter and while the Scottish Government works collaboratively with the UK Government to protect fish stocks and deliver other shared interests, operational decisions for Scotland’s vessels will continue to be made in Scotland. The Scottish Government monitors Supertrawlers, via marine protection patrol boats and electronic surveillance, to ensure there are […]

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Overseas Operations Bill 2020

The Overseas Operations Bill 2020 would introduce a statute of limitations on prosecutions of serious crimes, including war crimes and human rights abuses, that in itself breaks international law that the UK has freely signed up to. These international laws include the Geneva Conventions, the Rome Statute and the European Convention on Human Rights. No […]

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Duplicate animal tests after Brexit

Scotland is a nation of animal lovers and leads the UK in taking the welfare of our pets, animals and livestock very seriously. The SNP is committed to protecting the welfare of animals and will continue to legislate to improve the welfare of animals. The SNP Programme for Government committed the Scottish Government to creating […]

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NHS staff pay rise

Many of us on the SNP benches in Westminster were of course frustrated that the current safety restrictions in parliament meant we could not physically be present in the Commons chamber for a debate of this level of importance. My colleagues Patrick Grady MP and Patricia Gibson MP were present and spoke on the need […]

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Free Free Britain/Ban Fur imports

I can confirm I have added my name to EDM #267, backing a total ban on fur sales and imports. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the “No Business in Fur” Parliamentary reception, but I fully support a ban on the cruel import of and sale of real animal fur in the UK. I understand […]

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Food standards issues post Brexit

#Save our Standards and food standards issues post Brexit I absolutely share your concerns about the prospect of lower food standards following trade deals with the US, and consumer group ‘Which?’ also found that 72% of people in the UK do not want food that does not meeting current standards, which would have an effect […]

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