MSP, Central Scotland
2. Yesterday, the signatures of more than 25,000 people, who are demanding that this Government values education and values our teachers, were delivered to the Government. If education really was the driving and defining mission of this Government, the Educational Institute of Scotland would not have to send such a message to the Deputy First Minister, would it?
The First Minister has told us repeatedly that education is her top priority. However, for two years, the Government has wasted time on an education bill that its own international advisers have warned is unnecessary and misguided. This week, John Swinney finally got the message. He can spin all he likes that ditching the bill is fast-tracking the reforms, but nobody believes it. It is also...
The two main themes of this final week of term have been the Government’s record on education and the politicians who Nicola Sturgeon chooses to serve in her Government. Gillian Martin described transgender people as “hairy knuckled lipstick-wearing transitional transgender laydees” and she claimed that college public relations staff “froth at the mouth with excitement...
Labour MSP for Central Scotland
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 7 May 2016 — Election
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