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I join others in thanking Gillian Martin for lodging her motion, and I thank the other members who have taken part in the debate for their speeches. I recognise the impact that the pandemic has had on women in the Scottish economy. I whole-heartedly agree that we must ensure that the position of women is properly considered and that they are properly supported as part of our economic recovery...
I, too, thank Graham Simpson for bringing forward the debate. The local newspaper sector is one that is worth the chamber focusing on. I take issue with the point that Iain Gray has just made. The Scottish Government does not have anything against the sector. I concur entirely with the sentiment that has been expressed by various members that the foundation of any free society must be a free...
I observe that there are many sectors that have not had such support extended to them because, frankly, we cannot extend that form of support to every business in the country. During the debate, much has been made of the fact that, as part of its consideration of the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No 2) Bill, Parliament voted for an amendment to extend rates relief to the newspaper sector. I accept...
Scottish National Party MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 3 May 2007 — Election
Also represented Central Scotland
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