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Scottish Parliament: Social Security (1 Mar 2016)

Hugh Henry: I am glad that, in his speech, the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights reflected some of the Welfare Reform Committee’s comments, findings and recommendations because it is important that any system reflects the need for dignity, fairness and respect. I do not underestimate the challenges that lie ahead. Mistakes will no doubt be made and not everyone...

Scottish Parliament: Education (10 Feb 2016)

Hugh Henry: Will the cabinet secretary take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Education (10 Feb 2016)

Hugh Henry: Will the cabinet secretary take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Education (10 Feb 2016)

Hugh Henry: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Education (10 Feb 2016)

Hugh Henry: Will Joan McAlpine take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Education (10 Feb 2016)

Hugh Henry: Like Mary Scanlon, I will not be standing again in the coming election. A number of things that she said struck a chord with me. No one can doubt her commitment to education—her passion for further education, in particular. She very eloquently described the contribution that further education makes to changing the lives of ordinary people for the better. When I was reflecting on the subject...

Scottish Parliament: Social and Economic Success (13 Jan 2016)

Hugh Henry: The cabinet secretary indicated that he would support using full powers and that it was in his and his party’s DNA to act accordingly. Will that include tax increases?

Scottish Parliament: Social and Economic Success (13 Jan 2016)

Hugh Henry: When might the member consider the abolition of means testing for council tax benefit and housing benefit? When will he support the introduction of universal benefits for those two?

Scottish Parliament: Social and Economic Success (13 Jan 2016)

Hugh Henry: Mahatma Gandhi said: “To be wealthy and honoured in an unjust society is a disgrace.” However, in Scotland, which despite what we have heard this afternoon is still a wealthy country, our richest 100 people are worth over £21 billion, while it is estimated that around 870,000 people in Scotland live in poverty. We clearly have a problem. As a number of speakers in the debate have...

Scottish Parliament: Social and Economic Success (13 Jan 2016)

Hugh Henry: In a minute. Let me make a further point or two. Let me look at what has happened since the SNP came to power, particularly in Renfrewshire, the area that I represent. The number of data zones of people living in poverty has increased. In 2006, there were 36 such data zones in the most deprived areas in Scotland, but now there are 48. The number of data zones in the most deprived 5 per cent...

Scottish Parliament: Social and Economic Success (13 Jan 2016)

Hugh Henry: That is not a principle that I would disagree with, and it ties into what Malcolm Chisholm said about progressive universalism, but if Mark McDonald has listened to some of the speeches by his colleagues, he will know that they have supported universalism at all costs, with no differentiation. We are seeing not just the increase in poverty but people like me doing very well out of the current...

Scottish Parliament: Social and Economic Success (13 Jan 2016)

Hugh Henry: Will the minister take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Social and Economic Success (13 Jan 2016)

Hugh Henry: I thank the minister for taking the intervention. She is misquoting me. I did not say that people on low incomes do not get any benefit; I did not say that no one in my constituency is getting any benefit. I said that the very poorest people in my constituency have not received a single extra penny. That is true and it will be as true for the people in the same situation in the minister’s...

Scottish Parliament: Undercover Policing (6 Jan 2016)

Hugh Henry: I congratulate Neil Findlay on bringing the motion for debate and on making a speech that was not just passionate but comprehensive and analytical in setting out what is—to be frank—a horrific and unacceptable catalogue of abuse by the state in this country. If, in our complacency, we tolerate or refuse to properly investigate that, we will also be complicit in it. We owe it not just to...

Scottish Parliament: Undercover Policing (6 Jan 2016)

Hugh Henry: I will finish my point; if Neil Findlay still needs to come in after that, he can do so. The individual whom I mentioned came openly to a meeting that an MSP organised in the Parliament and publicly contributed to the discussion. She has no problem with being identified, so no confidences are being betrayed and there is no erring on the wrong side—

Scottish Parliament: Undercover Policing (6 Jan 2016)

Hugh Henry: Not just now, thank you—I want to make progress. I welcome some of Margaret Mitchell’s comments, but Alison McInnes touched on the fundamental issue. We are not talking just about providing additional information to Pitchford or saying that we would like the inquiry to look at some things in Scotland. Because the terms of reference have been established, what the inquiry can do is...

Scottish Parliament: Undercover Policing (6 Jan 2016)

Hugh Henry: No, thanks. I need to make up some time. It is not just about some of the historical things that Neil Findlay mentioned and that I and others were involved in. In the recent referendum, were any of these people involved on either side of the debate, provoking yes or no votes or trying to inflame the situation? Johann Lamont is right to say that we support the police, and many police officers...

Scottish Parliament: Undercover Policing (6 Jan 2016)

Hugh Henry: Will the minister take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Women and Social Security (26 Nov 2015)

Hugh Henry: I join Kevin Stewart and the minister in thanking Michael McMahon for his sterling work as convener of the Welfare Reform Committee. He helped to shape the influence that that committee has had over a long period. From the speeches that have been made, I know that the committee members have valued his input. It has been a good debate, but we would expect that. There has been a lot of...

Scottish Parliament: Women and Social Security (26 Nov 2015)

Hugh Henry: If the reality is that women do that, it would be absurd not to mention it in case we reinforced it. To be frank, the more we say it, the more we challenge it. It is unacceptable, and being silent and hiding from it will not change things. In many respects, it is women who have to be the prime carer; 74 per cent of people on carers allowance are women and 95 per cent of lone parents on...


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