Results 1–20 of 1099 for speaker:Neil Bibby

Scottish Parliament: National Union of Journalists (Industrial Action) (28 Mar 2024)

Neil Bibby: Good journalism is crucial to a healthy democracy. No member in the chamber would claim to relish being confronted with a microphone held by the likes of Bernard Ponsonby. Over the past 34 years, he has shortened the career of many politicians, but we all recognise the crucial job that he has done and that his excellent colleagues across our media continue to do. However, normal service will...

Scottish Parliament: Ferguson Marine (Chief Executive) (27 Mar 2024)

Neil Bibby: There should have been a full ministerial statement on this matter. The Scottish Government is ultimately responsible for this fiasco, yet not one of the countless ministers on the ministerial merry-go-round has taken responsibility. The GMB has been mentioned, and it has been clear that the key change that the yard needs is investment in facilities and a pipeline of future work. There is...

Scottish Parliament: “Surviving Domestic Abuse” (20 Mar 2024)

Neil Bibby: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the BBC Scotland “Disclosure” programme, “Surviving Domestic Abuse”, which was broadcast on 11 March. (S6O-03227)

Scottish Parliament: “Surviving Domestic Abuse” (20 Mar 2024)

Neil Bibby: I thank the cabinet secretary for her answer, and I agree with her remarks. The harrowing documentary showed the story of seven women in Scotland who had suffered years of abuse from their ex-partners. I have been in contact with one of those women, Carolyn Quinn from Paisley, whose ex-husband not only abused and raped her for 27 years but abused their son. In a joint statement—and in the...

Scottish Parliament: Music Education (Online Support) (14 Mar 2024)

Neil Bibby: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the creation of a national online support platform to expand music learning for children and young people in Scotland. (S6O-03213)

Scottish Parliament: Music Education (Online Support) (14 Mar 2024)

Neil Bibby: Music and the arts should be for everyone, and it is clear that we need to do far more to create opportunities for working-class children. In Wales, the National Music Service, working with Charanga, has developed a national bespoke online support platform, not to replace existing instrumental tuition but to help non-music-specialist teachers to expand music learning in schools. For a...

Scottish Parliament: Creative Scotland Funding (Rein Film Project) (12 Mar 2024)

Neil Bibby: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that Creative Scotland has awarded £85,000 to the project Rein, in light of concerns about its explicit content. (S6T-01858)

Scottish Parliament: Creative Scotland Funding (Rein Film Project) (12 Mar 2024)

Neil Bibby: The Sunday Post has published shocking revelations about the explicit nature of the Rein project. The project previously received £23,000 and has now attempted to recruit vulnerable people—including the disabled—at £300 a day, to participate in sex acts so extreme that participants were to be provided with psychological aftercare; I will not repeat those here. I agree with what the...

Scottish Parliament: Creative Scotland Funding (Rein Film Project) (12 Mar 2024)

Neil Bibby: It is absolutely right that ministers do not determine individual funding applications, but it is also absolutely right that there needs to be openness and transparency from Creative Scotland, which does. Therefore, the application should be published in full. It has been reported that the filming was to involve live sex acts and was to be done in outdoor public places in the Highlands. There...

Scottish Parliament: Ferguson Marine ( 5 Mar 2024)

Neil Bibby: I understand that the cabinet secretary has said that she needs to look at the detail of a new business case for investment in the yard that will support jobs in the Inverclyde area, which has lost 1,000 jobs in the past 12 months. I will follow on from what Graham Simpson asked. Does the cabinet secretary accept the glaringly obvious point that has been made by the GMB—this has cross-party...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Neil Bibby: This is a crucial time for global democracy, as 2024 will see nearly 2 billion people around the world go to the polls and give their verdicts on their political leaders in places from India to South Africa and from the European Union to the United States. I also look forward to the people of Scotland and the UK being asked for their verdict in a general election this year, in whatever month...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Neil Bibby: I am just coming on to why that would be the case. The paper does not propose having any aircraft carriers. I pay tribute to our excellent armed forces. They are among the best trained anywhere in the world. They are dedicated, brave and a credit to our country. The paper talks about investing in and prioritising “core capabilities”. That is basic stuff but, in the context of the debate,...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Neil Bibby: I will in a moment. It has been reported that the cabinet secretary has said that Scotland would join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, but that is not what he said in answer to Ross Greer, and the paper talks of a “nuclear-free Scotland”. If the Scottish Government wants the paper to be remotely taken seriously, that needs clarification. Is the Scottish Government saying...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Neil Bibby: Talk about not answering the question! I asked not about Denmark, Finland or Norway—[ Interruption .]—but about the Scottish Government’s position on whether it would allow NATO nuclear assets into Scottish waters or on to its lands. I am happy to take another intervention, if the cabinet secretary will answer that point directly. Is he saying that he would forbid NATO nuclear assets...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Neil Bibby: The cabinet secretary’s position is extremely confusing. Do we seriously think that NATO would allow a situation whereby a member would prevent it from using nuclear assets on its soil? Many other key questions remain unanswered. The Scottish Government has said that it will have a review of defence and security and that its outcome will be in place “By independence day”. That is the...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Neil Bibby: I am aware of concerns that we need to invest in our armed forces at a UK level and there has been a lack of investment from the current UK Government. My point in relation to that was that the paper—which, for clarity, I have read—talks about investing in “core capabilities” but does not mention niche capabilities or special forces. That is an omission that means that what is...

Scottish Parliament: EE Greenock Call Centre (29 Feb 2024)

Neil Bibby: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with BT Group/EE regarding the proposed closure of its Greenock call centre. (S6O-03149)

Scottish Parliament: EE Greenock Call Centre (29 Feb 2024)

Neil Bibby: About 450 people are employed at EE’s call centre in Greenock, whose work is set to be moved to Glasgow. In the past year alone, 1,000 jobs have been lost from the Inverclyde area because of site closures—most notably that of Amazon in Gourock. Despite repeated calls having been made to it, the Scottish Government has so far provided not a penny of financial support in response to job...

Scottish Parliament: Cultural Organisations in Stirling (Funding) (28 Feb 2024)

Neil Bibby: I associate myself and my party with the cabinet secretary’s remarks about the death of Alexei Navalny. All our thoughts are with his friends and his family and with those fighting against oppression in Russia. There is compelling evidence of Putin’s involvement in deaths on foreign soil, and he must be brought before the International Criminal Court for his war crimes. I recently visited...

Scottish Parliament: Palestine and Israel (22 Feb 2024)

Neil Bibby: I thank Ivan McKee for bringing the debate to the chamber. The situation in Gaza is tragic and heartbreaking. I know that there are strongly held views across the chamber on the issue, which we all care about. Many innocent lives have been taken or destroyed. Countless children have died, and children continue to die each and every day. There are many families in Scotland with relatives in...


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