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  • Scottish Parliament: Commission on Parliamentary Reform (Report) 29 Jun 2017

    One issue that I saw in the report concerned the way in which committees operate. That relates to discipline. I understand that at least one party in the Parliament operates a committee whip. That goes against the whole principle of what we are supposed to do on committees. Did the commission take any evidence on that?
  • Scottish Parliament: Commission on Parliamentary Reform (Report) 29 Jun 2017

    I had not intended to speak in the debate, but I found myself pressing the request-to-speak button and I thank you for calling me, Presiding Officer. We need more of that. We need the flexibility whereby members are not on a fixed list from which they are called to speak. Members should be able to act spontaneously and get involved. I thank the commissioners for their work, particularly John...
  • Scottish Parliament: Commission on Parliamentary Reform (Report) 29 Jun 2017

    Yes, it is. I hope that I am not dobbing in any of those members by mentioning the call—maybe their party managers did not know about it. [ Laughter .]

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Labour MSP for Lothian

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 2011 — Election

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