Bill Aitken

Former Conservative MSP for Glasgow

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  • Scottish Parliament: Double Jeopardy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 22 Mar 2011

    I agree with James Kelly, although perhaps for different reasons. As is generally known, I am a great supporter of the common law, which I believe has served Scotland well over the centuries. However, James Kelly is right to support these amendments today, and we will support them too. The cabinet secretary has had to lodge lengthy, convoluted and complex amendments, but when one looks at...
  • Scottish Parliament: Double Jeopardy (Scotland) Bill 22 Mar 2011

    It is appropriate that the final debate in this session should deal with an important legal principle. The principle of the rule against double jeopardy has been enshrined in Scots law down the centuries. It would be oppressive if we lived in a society in which the Crown or the prosecution service had carte blanche to prosecute time after time. No one in the Parliament would support that, but...
  • Scottish Parliament: Clydebank Blitz 70th Anniversary 17 Mar 2011

    I congratulate Des McNulty on bringing the matter before the Parliament. I speak as a member of a fairly blessed generation. Born post-war, I did not have to go and fight. My father had to, as did his father, who lost an arm in the process. Nor did I, as a child, live under the threat of being bombed. The second world war was the first war that the United Kingdom experienced in which the...

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Former Conservative MSP for Glasgow

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 1999 — Election

Left the Scottish Parliament on 23 March 2011 — Election

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