Results 61–80 of 875 for speaker:James Dornan

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2012 [Draft] (9 Feb 2012)

James Dornan: We are facing the most difficult economic time that we have had since devolution, so local government has a responsibility to spend the money that it is given wisely and carefully. We expect local politicians who are responsible for administering the services to be more committed to spending tens of thousands of pounds on filling potholes than to paying for medals for bailies and portraits of...

Scottish Parliament: Rail Services (Consultation) (23 Feb 2012)

James Dornan: Since I was elected to the Scottish Parliament, I have had the honour of representing my constituents in the parliamentary chamber and in Glasgow City Council. Most of the time that has been a pleasure, but one of the occasional drawbacks is that I have to listen to the same tired debates from the Labour Party in both places. Unfortunately for me, today is one of those days. It is a real...

Scottish Parliament: Rail Services (Consultation) (23 Feb 2012)

James Dornan: I would love to, but I have only four minutes. Why does the Labour Party not bring something positive to the table? Where are its plans for the railways in Scotland? Does it have any? I thought not. It does not have a policy or a constructive suggestion. It has nothing. Richard Baker’s motion talks about “concerns expressed in Glasgow” about “the future of 11 railway stations”. The...

Scottish Parliament: Rail Services (Consultation) (23 Feb 2012)

James Dornan: At a meeting that I had in Kennishead, which has been affected by the threats and scaremongering, once I explained to the people there what the minister had said, they said that they were comfortable with it, and they were surprised about what was happening. Does the member accept that the scaremongering is affecting communities much more than the consultation is?

Scottish Parliament: Rail Services (Consultation) (23 Feb 2012)

James Dornan: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Rail Services (Consultation) (23 Feb 2012)

James Dornan: When the consultation document first came out and the fear of closures was raised by the member and her colleagues, councillors did what they should do: they contacted the people whom they should have contacted and got the reassurances that they required. They did not have to campaign further to save our stations or anything else, because they knew once the minister had said that there were...

Scottish Parliament: Economy and Recovery (23 Feb 2012)

James Dornan: If the member is so appalled by the welfare reforms from Westminster, why is he happier to be in a union that is run by Conservatives than to have an independent Scotland that would never be run by Conservatives but would be run by a left-of-centre democratic party?

Scottish Parliament: Gadburn School (7 Mar 2012)

James Dornan: Like other members, I am delighted to congratulate Humza Yousaf on securing the debate. I had a similar situation with a school in my constituency but, unfortunately, it did not have the time and ammunition that Gadburn has to ask the minister to call in the decision. If there is a lesson to be learned from that situation, it is for Glasgow City Council. If it wants to close down an...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (14 Mar 2012)

James Dornan: There has been a lot of talk about the cost of alcohol and the culture of alcohol in this country. Unlike Gil Paterson, I am not a lifelong teetotaller. I used to be a typical west of Scotland drinker. I would go out on a Friday night with my mates, I would run football teams on a Saturday and I would go out on a Saturday night. I decided after one weekend that I was not going to do that any...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (14 Mar 2012)

James Dornan: I am sorry, but we heard enough from Helen Eadie earlier on. [Interruption.]

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (14 Mar 2012)

James Dornan: This is an important part of the parliamentary process. Kezia Dugdale mentioned the smoking ban. That ban is, without a doubt, the Parliament’s greatest achievement, but let me give a wee history lesson. The smoking ban proposal started with Kenny Gibson; it then went to Stewart Maxwell, and then to Jack McConnell. I was working for Stewart Maxwell at the time. I assure members that the...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (14 Mar 2012)

James Dornan: That is good. Were you drunk at the time?

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (14 Mar 2012)

James Dornan: Alcohol misuse and violence go hand in hand. A World Health Organization paper reports that economic modelling strongly suggests that minimum pricing will work, and that a 1 per cent increase in the price per ounce of alcohol would reduce the incidence of intimate partner violence against women by 5.3 per cent. Surely Labour members should support that.

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (14 Mar 2012)

James Dornan: In that case, I will not. I am sorry. Labour members have, rightly and commendably, strongly condemned violence against women and anybody else. Surely anything that will tackle that problem should be supported. The cabinet secretary has done everything that she can. There are a few minutes to go. I beg members to support the proposal; we can then move on to stage 2.

Scottish Parliament: Engagements (15 Mar 2012)

James Dornan: Not any more! [Interruption.]

Scottish Parliament: Unemployment (Role for Housing Associations) (15 Mar 2012)

James Dornan: 16. To ask the Scottish Government what role it envisages housing associations having in tackling unemployment. (S4O-00814)

Scottish Parliament: Unemployment (Role for Housing Associations) (15 Mar 2012)

James Dornan: Will the cabinet secretary join me in congratulating local housing associations such as Cassiltoun Housing Association in my constituency, which constantly strives to provide work and apprenticeships for local people in house building and construction? Most recently, it has taken over a local nursery that is based in Castlemilk stables, which will be run for the local community’s benefit by...

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services (19 Apr 2012)

James Dornan: I agree with Patrick Harvie that we are talking about people. I appreciate that local elections are coming up very soon and perhaps we are all going to be party political—although in discussing an issue such as this we should not be party political, and I assure members that I will not be. Patrick Harvie is right to say that we are talking about the effect and impact on people and our...

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services (19 Apr 2012)

James Dornan: No; I am sorry, but we are very short of time. Instead of politically motivated scaremongering, let us talk about what is going on on the ground. I will talk about Glasgow because it is the city that I know best and I represent part of it. We have been working to protect bus services within the community and my colleague Bob Doris has been working to ensure the continued existence of his...


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