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I welcome the opportunity to speak in the debate on armed forces veterans. From the outset, I acknowledge the debt of gratitude that Scotland owes to those who have served in the defence of freedom and to put on record the continued support that we in the Labour Party give to our armed forces personnel and veterans. We are committed to continuing to work on a cross-party basis to ensure that...
The timing of the debate is impeccable, given that an election campaign is in full flow and that, as other members have mentioned, it is 20 years since pensioners found out that they were set to benefit from a UK Labour Government. A Labour commitment at its universal best, the free TV licence went hand in hand with the winter fuel payment, followed a minimum income guarantee and was a core...
I completely agree with Mr Balfour that there are no simple answers as to how we increase uptake. Why do the Conservatives feel that it is appropriate to let the BBC take decisions on social security entitlements—on who qualifies for free TV licences and who does not? Surely that is a job for an expert, qualified agency within central Government that has experience of administering social...
Labour MSP for Central Scotland
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 2011 — Election
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