Results 1–20 of 1960 for speaker:James Kelly

Scottish Parliament: Hospital Waiting Times (24 Mar 2021)

James Kelly: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what action is being taken to reduce hospital waiting times. (S5O-05151)

Scottish Parliament: Hospital Waiting Times (24 Mar 2021)

James Kelly: I thank the cabinet secretary for her answer and wish her well for the future. I draw her attention to an article in this morning’s edition of The Times in which Chloe Scott, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, highlights the unprecedented levels of lengthy waiting times for surgical operations. Even a 20 per cent increase in those would mean that it would take four years to clear the...

Scottish Parliament: Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill (23 Mar 2021)

James Kelly: I join other members in congratulating Neil Bibby on securing the passage of his member’s bill on tied pubs later this evening. As many have recounted, it has been a long journey for Mr Bibby—a bit of a bumpy ride with regard to getting the bill through the committee and to this stage—and it is a tribute to his persistence that he will achieve that tonight. I remember going into his...

Scottish Parliament: Drug Deaths and Harms (18 Mar 2021)

James Kelly: There can be no doubt about the devastating scale of the crisis when there were 1,264 drug deaths in the last reported year. The Government is right to acknowledge in its motion that that is a mark of shame. It is a national disgrace and a failure of the devolution era that comes from a number of Administrations, not only the current one. Victims’ families, and those who are affected by the...

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill (11 Mar 2021)

James Kelly: As Neil Bibby and Liam McArthur have said, hate crime is, unfortunately, on the rise in Scotland. From that point of view, robust laws to tackle it are welcome. It is important to examine the advent of the bill, the process that it has gone through, and why we have ended up, even at this stage, with people contesting some of its elements. The Bracadale review was the route to the bill. When...

Scottish Parliament: ScotRail Franchise (New Operator) (11 Mar 2021)

James Kelly: 5. To ask the Scottish Government when the process will commence to appoint a new operator for the ScotRail franchise. (S5O-05110)

Scottish Parliament: ScotRail Franchise (New Operator) (11 Mar 2021)

James Kelly: During the Abellio years of the ScotRail franchise, customers have watched on aghast as the Government has poured hundreds of millions of pounds into the company while they sit on overcrowded trains that often run on a delayed timetable. What action will the Government take to ensure that the next operator is publicly owned, so that we have a service that is up to scratch and which puts...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government (Support) (3 Mar 2021)

James Kelly: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to address the needs of local government. (S5O-05065)

Scottish Parliament: Local Government (Support) (3 Mar 2021)

James Kelly: I thank the cabinet secretary for that answer, but the needs of local government have not been helped by a decade of Scottish National Party cuts. Cumulatively, £937 million of cuts have piled agony on to local communities, which has resulted in councils having to cut services and has undermined their ability to protect jobs. That can be seen in South Lanarkshire Council’s budget, which,...

Scottish Parliament: Parliamentary Bureau Motions (3 Mar 2021)

James Kelly: I wish to speak in opposition to Parliamentary Bureau motion S5M-24275. The motion is titled “Campaign Recess” but its essential point is that it brings forward the closure of the office of the clerk, which restricts and inhibits members from submitting written parliamentary questions. The important thing to understand about the period that we enter is that, although we head towards an...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliamentary Elections 2021 (2 Mar 2021)

James Kelly: For the election to proceed, the public will need to be confident about the safety of the polling places and the protection that will be afforded across constituencies. Will there be an open and transparent assessment of any issues that have arisen in by-elections? Will the minister update Parliament on any problems that are found to have cropped up?

Scottish Parliament: Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Bill (2 Mar 2021)

James Kelly: As other members have, I thank the Justice Committee for the work that it has done on the bill. As a former member of the committee, I am very aware of the workload that it has taken on over the recent period, especially in relation to the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill, and it is to the committee’s credit that we have been able to improve the Defamation and Malicious...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Income Tax Rate Resolution 2021-22 (25 Feb 2021)

James Kelly: I am pleased to close this important debate on the Scottish income tax rate resolution. As Murdo Fraser said, this year’s debate comes at an unusual time in proceedings—before stage 2 and before publication of the UK budget. Scottish Labour understands that certainty around tax rates is needed and we will not oppose the rate resolution tonight. However, the way in which taxes are set has...

Scottish Parliament: Fair Pay Practices (Promotion) (24 Feb 2021)

James Kelly: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to promote fair pay practices. (S5O-05041)

Scottish Parliament: Fair Pay Practices (Promotion) (24 Feb 2021)

James Kelly: Fair pay practices are the mark of a dignified society, so it is regrettable that some care workers have been left behind. They have worked in really difficult circumstances during the pandemic to support the people whom they look after. What action is the Scottish Government taking to support the objectives of the GMB trade union campaign to secure care workers pay of £15 an hour for the...

Scottish Parliament: Prisoner Voting (24 Feb 2021)

James Kelly: Like many other members across the chamber, every day I receive numerous emails about people’s concerns. Particularly in light of the pandemic, they are worried about their own and their families’ health, businesses, jobs, the impact of not being able to attend school in person on pupils’ education, and the impact on the economy. Members are seeing concerns about many such issues coming...

Scottish Parliament: Carbon Emissions Targets (11 Feb 2021)

James Kelly: 5. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the action it is taking to meet its carbon emissions targets. (S5O-05005)

Scottish Parliament: Carbon Emissions Targets (11 Feb 2021)

James Kelly: I want to raise the issue of promoting more bus journeys in order to help to fulfil the objective of reducing carbon emissions. I believe that some of the larger bus companies are more interested in profit than in serving local communities. What is being done to support community-based campaigns, such as Get Glasgow Moving, with a view to getting more people to use buses and making bus...

Scottish Parliament: Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (Malicious Prosecutions) (10 Feb 2021)

James Kelly: The Conservatives have called an important debate, because the circumstances surrounding it are a scandal. It is not just that David Whitehouse and Paul Clark have been found to have been maliciously prosecuted; it is about the issues that flow from that. There are clear questions about the processes and how things operate in the Crown Office. Two individuals have unfairly been taken through...

Scottish Parliament: Malicious Prosecutions (9 Feb 2021)

James Kelly: The decisions that were made in this case might predate the current Lord Advocate, but they raise serious questions about decision making and accountability within the Crown Office. Serious errors were made. The system failed, and we have been told that the cost to the public purse will be at least £24 million. What other area of the Scottish budget has had to be to be raided to fund the...


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