Michelle Ballantyne

Conservative MSP for South Scotland

@MBallantyneMSP

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  • Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (Day 2) 19 Jun 2019

    I am listening with interest and I have some sympathy with Andy Wightman’s position. The argument is that protection is needed, and I heard what Daniel Johnson said about the situation in Edinburgh. Proposed new section 26B(2) of the 1997 act, in Rachael Hamilton’s amendment 157, is about short-term let control areas. If those who support amendment 156 are right, the issue is about...
  • Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (Day 2) 19 Jun 2019

    I stood up before to say that I had empathy with Mr Wightman. I have read everything that he has sent around, and I had a huge amount of empathy with the issue. On a personal level, I debated with myself between the two options. However, the way that he is phrasing his argument now has lost my empathy. Mr Wightman started his contribution by saying that what he is asking for already exists...
  • Scottish Parliament: Social Security Scotland (Insights Research Programme) 30 May 2019

    On the whole, the report was very positive. However, one of the findings was that only 51 per cent of staff believed that poor performance is dealt with effectively by Social Security Scotland. What steps will the cabinet secretary take to ensure that poor performance is identified and dealt with effectively? Does she have a target for the next staff and clients insights research report?

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Conservative MSP for South Scotland

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 23 May 2017 — appointed

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