Paul O'Kane

Labour MSP for West Scotland

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  • Scottish Parliament: Benefits Uptake 22 Feb 2024

    The record of the most recent Labour Government in lifting millions of children and pensioners out of poverty by expanding social security payments and encouraging uptake of those payments speaks for itself. Analysis by the Scottish Government that was published in November last year showed that only three quarters of eligible people had taken up the young carer grant, that only 61 per cent...
  • Scottish Parliament: Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 22 Feb 2024

    I am pleased to open for Scottish Labour in the debate. We recognise the importance of the bill, the debate and the issues contained therein. Listening to the speeches so far, we have already started to see the emerging issues that have been debated in committee, which I think will be a feature as the bill continues its progress. I wish to start from a position of some consensus. There are...
  • Scottish Parliament: Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 22 Feb 2024

    The committee heard a variety of evidence on either side of the argument. I acknowledge what the member is saying. What was clear to me was the significant concerns that were raised by not just the judiciary but by the Faculty of Advocates, the Law Society of Scotland and many other bodies in the legal profession. I have significant concern about the wider issue of ensuring that the...

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Labour MSP for West Scotland

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 8 May 2021 — Election

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