Derek Brownlee

Former Conservative MSP for South of Scotland

Recent appearances

  • Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Amendment (No 2) Order 2011 16 Mar 2011

    That is a terrifying prospect. Given that we vote in the budget debate in February, I always wondered why we regularly come back to consider such orders. I appreciate that there is the technicality of voting to give additional money to councils around the council tax freeze, but I always wondered why we had debates associated with such orders and whether we were not simply rehearsing old...
  • Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Amendment (No 2) Order 2011 16 Mar 2011

    I am glad that someone on the Labour benches has finally admitted that the recession happened on that party’s watch, because Labour members have been keen to deny that in previous years. Michael McMahon tells us that the Labour Party has been keen on the council tax freeze, which makes me wonder what Tom McCabe, David Whitton and Malcolm Chisholm were thinking when they voted against the...
  • Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Amendment (No 2) Order 2011 16 Mar 2011

    Oh—it is underfunded, which I presume is why, in 2009, Mr McMahon said: “The SNP Government is ripping off local councils by £270 million.” Are we to take it that the Labour Party proposal now is that the council tax freeze will be fully funded if it gets £270 million per year extra? It appears that Labour members here, like their masters in London, are happy to make spending...

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Former Conservative MSP for South of Scotland

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 22 June 2005 — Appointed, regional replacement

Left the Scottish Parliament on 23 March 2011 — Election

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