Results 121–140 of 1960 for speaker:James Kelly

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Draft Budget 2020-21) (26 Feb 2020)

James Kelly: You are the cabinet secretary. You are responsible for the Police Scotland—

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Draft Budget 2020-21) (26 Feb 2020)

James Kelly: Presiding Officer, I put it to the cabinet secretary that he is responsible for the Police Scotland budget and for bringing to Parliament a budget that is £56 million less than Police Scotland tells us it requires. To illustrate that, we need look no further than the police estate. We are told that a quarter of police stations are not fit for purpose. The cabinet secretary himself rubbished...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Draft Budget 2020-21) (26 Feb 2020)

James Kelly: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Prisons (20 Feb 2020)

James Kelly: The First Minister will be aware of this morning’s publication of a report from the Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee that highlights the crisis in Scotland’s prisons and the urgent action that is needed to address the issues. That follows on from years of underfunding of the Scottish Prison Service, which has resulted in 50 per cent overcrowding at Barlinnie, where...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill: Stage 3 (20 Feb 2020)

James Kelly: Scottish Labour will support all the amendments in the group. The cabinet secretary’s amendments 1 to 9 are essentially technical amendments that improve the legal understanding and policy objectives of the bill. The main contention is around Mark Ruskell’s amendments 21 to 23. The overall policy objective of the bill to extend the franchise to foreign nationals who are resident in...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill: Stage 3 (20 Feb 2020)

James Kelly: Scottish Labour will support Mr Russell’s amendments in the group. We believe that they bring necessary legal clarity around candidacy rights. I note Mark Ruskell’s comment about the amendments that he will not move. I listened carefully to the arguments from both Mark Ruskell and Mike Russell in relation to amendments 15A to 15C and 20A to 20C, and I am persuaded by the cabinet...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill: Stage 3 (20 Feb 2020)

James Kelly: I am just finishing. We do not want to get into a position where there are potential court challenges to this crucial piece of legislation.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill: Stage 3 (20 Feb 2020)

James Kelly: The amendments in the group deal with one of the central issues in the bill, which is the extension of the franchise to prisoners. That comes on the back of the 2005 ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, so the issue has been around for a long time. Therefore, it is correct for the Parliament to take a proper view on it. It is unsustainable to continue to ignore that court ruling....

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill: Stage 3 (20 Feb 2020)

James Kelly: As I said, if we are to be a progressive and modern Parliament, we require to consider these issues as the evidence develops. I will develop that more in my stage 3 debate speech. The Government has done that, and Scottish Labour has looked at it, and the position that we have arrived at is correct. There are issues and complexities around that. From that point of view, it is right to support...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill: Stage 3 (20 Feb 2020)

James Kelly: I oppose amendment 36—[ Interruption .] I am glad that Adam Tomkins is cheering my opposition. The logic of the bill, which will be considered in full later, is that we are extending the franchise to include voting by prisoners, who will be an addition to the electorate and should be respected as such. That group of voters not only should be able to vote in an election but should be able to...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill: Stage 3 (20 Feb 2020)

James Kelly: I am convinced of the need to support amendment 39. I appreciate that there cannot be a review of every piece of legislation, but, as we have seen in this afternoon’s debate, there are important complexities and material changes to do with the franchise. I do not think that we should be afraid of such a review. We should implement the changes confidently, but we should also check whether...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill (20 Feb 2020)

James Kelly: I welcome the opportunity to open the debate for Scottish Labour on this important piece of legislation. There are two central parts to the bill: the extension of the franchise to include foreign nationals who are now resident in Scotland, and prisoner voting, which has been the subject of much debate this afternoon. On prisoner voting, it is important to reflect on what has happened in the...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill (20 Feb 2020)

James Kelly: Let me make my point about the Tory amendment, which would have allowed only those prisoners who were out on licence to participate in the elections.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill (20 Feb 2020)

James Kelly: I will develop that point; I am trying to be helpful. As I said, I opposed the proposal in 2013 and one reason why I have changed my position is that I believe that we have to interact seriously with the European court judgment. I will explain my second reason. As someone who held the justice portfolio previously and has recently returned to it, I have observed many of the justice debates,...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill (20 Feb 2020)

James Kelly: Much of the debate has focused on prisoner voting. It is perhaps a sign of the progress that Parliament has made that, in 2020, we have arrived at a position in which we are prepared to support prisoner voting, or a partial extension to prisoners of the right to vote. I explained in my opening speech the reasons why I opposed such a measure in 2013 and why I support it now. Many members who...

Scottish Parliament: Management of Offenders (Scotland) Act 2019 (Implementation) (19 Feb 2020)

James Kelly: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made on implementing the provisions in the Management of Offenders (Scotland) Act 2019. (S5O-04133)

Scottish Parliament: Management of Offenders (Scotland) Act 2019 (Implementation) (19 Feb 2020)

James Kelly: It is a matter of real concern that no date has been set for the implementation of provisions in part 2 of the 2019 act on spent convictions. A case has been drawn to my attention involving an individual who was convicted and fined £400 in December 2015. Under the new law, that conviction would have been spent in 12 months and the record withdrawn from disclosure. However, last month the...

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2020-21 (6 Feb 2020)

James Kelly: Page 145 of the budget says that the legal aid budget “funds criminal defence and redress when rights are not being upheld”. Why has the budget been frozen at £137 million? Why is no additional money being provided for that crucial fund this year?

Scottish Parliament: Tax and Public Spending (5 Feb 2020)

James Kelly: It is always interesting to take part in the annual pre-budget debate. This time, it has come the day before the budget will be published, so for some members it has been a bit like the night before Christmas; they have been getting a bit giddy and excited in their speeches as we wait to see whether Derek Mackay will appear as Santa Claus or Mr Scrooge the following day. Tomorrow, all will be...


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