Results 1–20 of 1200 for speaker:Kezia Dugdale

Scottish Parliament: Care System (Outcomes for Young People) (20 Jun 2019)

Kezia Dugdale: Despite the limited progress that has been made, in this country we still have a care system in which more than 60 per cent of children do not attain even one national 5 qualification , care-experienced young people are around 10 times less likely to go on to higher education and, in every age group and at every level, young people are behind their peers in literacy and numeracy. Those...

Scottish Parliament: Gender Recognition Act 2004 Review (20 Jun 2019)

Kezia Dugdale: Over the past few months, my trans constituents have had their very existence questioned. They have faced hateful rhetoric and have been told that they are psychologically unwell. All that they want is to have a birth certificate that reflects who they are. They are not ill, but this sustained deliberation over their right to exist is damaging to their mental health and wellbeing. Now that we...

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (Day 2) (19 Jun 2019)

Kezia Dugdale: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (Day 2) (19 Jun 2019)

Kezia Dugdale: I am grateful to the member for giving way. Will she admit to the Parliament that amendment 157 is a wrecking amendment to the work of Andy Wightman? If she is not wrecking his proposal, can she explain why, as a Conservative, she is arguing for a more bureaucratic and time-consuming process?

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (Day 2) (19 Jun 2019)

Kezia Dugdale: I support amendment 156 and oppose amendment 157. I commend Andy Wightman for his thorough work over a number of months and years; he has done detailed work on the legislation and has taken colleagues with him. He has provided opportunities for briefings and has met the industry every step of the way—he has done a serious and thorough job. Amendment 156 is particularly astute because it is...

Scottish Parliament: Pension Scheme (Fossil Fuels) (13 Jun 2019)

Kezia Dugdale: I recognise Claudia Beamish’s longstanding commitment to the just transition agenda. However, I say to her from the off that there is a clear separation of duties between the SPCB and the fund trustees, in order to avoid any sense of a conflict of interest. To set it out in detail, under schedule 1, part B, rule 8 of the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Act 2009, the corporate body is...

Scottish Parliament: Pension Scheme (Fossil Fuels) (13 Jun 2019)

Kezia Dugdale: I welcome Claudia Beamish’s response and I reiterate how aware we are of our responsibilities not to go beyond the scope of the 2009 act. I add that the fund manager operates an environmental, social and corporate governance policy that is in line with the United Nations principles for responsible investing, which we are a signatory to, so those things are considered. However, it is a...

Scottish Parliament: Pension Scheme (Fossil Fuels) (13 Jun 2019)

Kezia Dugdale: I simply remind the member that that is beyond the scope of the responsibilities of the corporate body, and I refer him to his own party’s representative on the fund.

Scottish Parliament: Local Radio (22 May 2019)

Kezia Dugdale: I congratulate George Adam on securing this debate. I did not intend to speak today, but I am speaking on behalf of Claire Baker, who, like a number of MSP colleagues, failed to make a flight this morning as they were returning home as part of a parliamentary delegation. I know that she was very much looking forward to contributing to the debate and talking specifically about Kingdom FM,...

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh International Festival (Meetings) (21 May 2019)

Kezia Dugdale: The festivals are, indeed, a wonderful time of the year, but staff who work on the festivals are often quite vulnerable to exploitation. What work has the cabinet secretary done in the past 12 months to promote the fair fringe charter?

Scottish Parliament: Teachers’ Mental Health (21 May 2019)

Kezia Dugdale: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the recently released National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers’ survey on teachers’ mental health. (S5O-03274)

Scottish Parliament: Teachers’ Mental Health (21 May 2019)

Kezia Dugdale: The survey is full of grim statistics for the Government, so I am grateful to the cabinet secretary for acknowledging that it is “worrying”. The survey reveals that 54 per cent of teachers say that job satisfaction is in decline, and that 55 per cent have considered leaving the profession altogether. How will John Swinney ensure that teachers stay on? What will he do if they leave?

Scottish Parliament: Foster Care Fortnight (15 May 2019)

Kezia Dugdale: I thank members for signing the motion and for staying to hear the debate. Let me say at the outset that although this will not be my final speech in the chamber, it will be my final members’ business debate. Throughout my eight years here, I have tried to use these slots for a purpose. On matters from payday loans to mesothelioma, the living wage to rape prosecution rates, I have sought to...

Scottish Parliament: Tattoo Parlours (HIV) (9 May 2019)

Kezia Dugdale: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that some tattoo parlours are refusing services to customers who disclose their HIV status. (S5O-03219)

Scottish Parliament: Tattoo Parlours (HIV) (9 May 2019)

Kezia Dugdale: Will the minister confirm that it is a breach of the Equality Act 2010 to refuse service to somebody because of their HIV status? Will he encourage local authorities where such tattoo parlours exist to revoke the licences of those that are discriminating against HIV-positive people?

Scottish Parliament: Support for Midwives (8 May 2019)

Kezia Dugdale: Will the minister take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Support for Midwives (8 May 2019)

Kezia Dugdale: Does the minister recognise the role of midwives in providing postnatal contraception for women, particularly those in poorer communities? If so, how will she ensure that the money goes to deprived communities so that midwives there can do that crucial work?

Scottish Parliament: Rape Victims (Disclosure of Data) (2 May 2019)

Kezia Dugdale: This week, women in England and Wales were told that their entire email, message and photograph history would be subjected to police examination if they reported a rape to the police. Whether the issue is what they wear, their sexual history or who they text, women are again being forced to choose between their privacy and the pursuit of justice. Will the First Minister explain what...

Scottish Parliament: Hutchesons’ Hospital Transfer and Dissolution (Scotland) Bill: Final Stage (25 Apr 2019)

Kezia Dugdale: I am pleased to open the final stage debate on the Hutchesons’ Hospital Transfer and Dissolution (Scotland) Bill. I again thank my committee colleagues: the redoubtable Stewart Stevenson, as deputy convener, Ruth Maguire and Maurice Corry for their contributions to the work of the committee. I also thank the clerks for their tremendous work in guiding us through the process. The bill was...

Scottish Parliament: Hutchesons’ Hospital Transfer and Dissolution (Scotland) Bill: Final Stage (25 Apr 2019)

Kezia Dugdale: I am grateful to the member for that intervention. In this debate, I speak as the committee convener on the specifics of the bill, but she will know that I share her concerns regarding the tax liabilities of private schools. That is an issue on which I have personally campaigned for a long time. The bill regulates the bursaries that the charity has—or certainly had in the past—that allow...


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