SNP candidate Alyn Smith and Finance Secretary Derek Mackay have warned that amendments to business rates legislation could have a severe impact on business support in Stirling.
Derek Mackay and Alyn Smith making a coffee at Groundhouse on King Street, Stirling with manager Diane.Read more
Another Strasbourg week is done and dusted, and your MEPs have been hard at work representing Scotland in Europe. As Alyn said in his latest National column, if you’re doing Strasbourg properly, you rarely have any free time at all between votes, briefings and meetings, so there’s plenty to report this week!
Aileen got us off to a flying start with her speech during the debate on climate change, calling for the European Parliament to not only declare a climate emergency but also to make sure nobody is left behind in the transition. "We need all countries across the EU and beyond to step up to the plate and to come to Glasgow next year with serious climate commitments." As many of you will remember, Aileen was our Climate Change Minister in the Scottish Government before she was an MEP, and earlier this year represented the European Parliament at the UN Climate Action Summit. We voted to support the Parliament declaring a climate emergency in Europe and now we need to see bolder climate action taken.
Christian spoke for us in the debate on ‘Interference from other countries in our democracies and elections’, noting that “Prime Minister Boris Johnson claimed last week that he had never seen any evidence of Russian interference in UK democratic processes. However, in December 2017, the then UK Foreign Secretary – Boris Johnson – said that he had seen evidence of Russian interference in UK democratic processes. Which Boris Johnson is telling the truth?” An evergreen question indeed.
Alyn Smith MEP has voted in favour of an EU-wide Convention that would compel states to guarantee minimum standards of responsibility to protecting women and girls from gender-based violence “in all its forms”.Read more
"Scotland voted to remain - we're the constructive internationalists"
The SNP Group in the European Parliament has today backed the approval of the new European Commission under Dr Ursula von der Leyen. This is despite the fact the UK has not nominated a Commissioner in breach of its legal obligation to do so.Read more
Manifestos are being launched and the General Election campaign is starting to take some shape. It is clear that the UK and Scotland are going to have to make a choice between remain and leave. The stakes could not be higher.
Christian has been standing up for Scottish fisherman by looking beyond the immediate noise of the campaign. Irrespective of who wins, the UK will have to take part in this December’s Fisheries Council and these talks are crucial. The scientific advice on certain key stocks is concerning and it is imperative that the UK is represented by a fully focused negotiating team.Read more
IMMIGRATION is great for Scotland. Hardly a contentious statement, or so you’d think based on our enriched communities, ageing population, and the fact that EU citizens contribute billions more to the economy than they use in public services.
First published in The National, 21 November 2019Read more
Last night at 5pm the European Commission launched infringement proceedings against the UK, following its failure to name a candidate for EU Commissioner. The UK authorities have until Friday 22 November to respond.
In many ways this case epitomises the UK Government’s approach to Brexit. The UK could have appointed somebody, been a good European ally to our friends and neighbours and carried on with the business of a general election. Excuses have been offered that the appointment couldn’t be made during purdah when political activity is restricted, but the reality is we have known about this for a long time. In fact, we recall discussing it shortly after Aileen and Christian first arrived in Brussels as MEPs, which feels like a long time ago!