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Devolved Powers in Scotland (17 Oct 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: It is customary, when I rise to make the third party submission, to thank the Member who has brought the debate. On this occasion, I will decline to do that. The Scottish Government are accountable to the elected Members of the Scottish Parliament, who are elected by and accountable to the Scottish people. It is not a matter for this Westminster Parliament—indeed there is an explicit...

Devolved Powers in Scotland (17 Oct 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: Sit down, please. I have not got time. Despite that adversity, there have been many achievements. Time is short, so let me list just 10. First, in Scotland, people get free medicine. Since that policy was introduced, 34,000 free prescriptions have been issued in Stirling. In Scotland, we do what we can to make taxation progressive. Higher-rate taxpayers in Scotland today pay more than they do...

Devolved Powers in Scotland (17 Oct 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: No, I will not. We use the powers we have got. Crime is at an all-time low. More than 1,000 extra police officers have been on the beat over the 10 years of the SNP Government. Scottish school students’ highers results were a full third higher than they were 10 years ago—a better performance than in any other part of the United Kingdom.

Devolved Powers in Scotland (17 Oct 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: I shall not be giving way at all, because I have not got the time. Help for small businesses in Scotland is at an unprecedented level, and much higher than it is in the rest of the UK. In Stirling, 4,882 businesses benefit from the small business scheme. In Scotland, we will ensure that fracking will not take place beneath the houses of people living in Stirling, in line with their publicly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Devolved Administrations: Brexit (11 Oct 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: A lot of us are concerned about the shenanigans going on here and would prefer it if the Government gave a straightforward commitment to transferring relevant powers to the devolved Administrations instead of foutering around. Will the right hon. Gentleman confirm that, when referring to UK-wide arrangements after Brexit, he is talking about co-decision between the UK Government and the...

Petition - System of Obtaining Permanent Residence Certification (12 Sep 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: I rise to present a petition relating to the system of obtaining permanent residence certification in the United Kingdom. This petition signed by my constituents and a similar petition signed by another 200 of my constituents express concern at the difficulties many EU citizens living in the UK face in obtaining permanent residence. I wish to record, in particular, the efforts of Uta...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: Some Government Members seem perturbed at the description of clause 7 as a power grab, but given the breadth of its powers and the absolute and unqualified way in which they are presented, the legislation represents a transfer of political authority from the elected House of this Parliament to the political Executive of Government on a scale not seen in modern times. Any democrat should be...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: I absolutely concur with my hon. Friend. I say to colleagues opposite: do not let yourselves be played for fools. It is quite clear that there is no intention to devolve. The reason why we warn about this Bill being a danger to devolution is that it is against not just the letter, but the spirit of the Scotland Act 1988, which achieved devolution.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: I find it incredible—Members on the Government Benches have had the answer to this question on three occasions. The point is that there is an opportunity in this place, in this month, in this debate to transfer powers from Brussels to Holyrood, and it is not being taken. Government Members invite us to trust them, but I fear that we cannot do so; if we could, they would have made clear...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: I ask the hon. Gentleman to please sit down, as time is very short. Finally, many Members have stood up and said how their constituents voted over Brexit. Let me put this on the record: the people who sent me to this place to speak on their behalf voted by 74% to retain their European citizenship and against the process in which we are now engaged. The people of my country voted by 62% to...

International Day of Democracy (6 Sep 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Mr Betts—for the first time, I think. I fear we may have scheduled more time for this debate than we require. My brief as a spokesperson for the third party—the Scottish National party—relates to the Cabinet Office and the constitution, rather than to international development. However, I have been asked to speak in this debate...

International Day of Democracy (6 Sep 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: I thank my hon. Friend for her intervention. Yes, I do agree, in short. It is ridiculous that people have to apply for the right to vote. For citizens of the country, that should be automatic; it should be given, and people should not have to apply for it. If the state is capable of interacting with its citizens when it comes to issuing driver licences, collecting taxes and in many other...

International Day of Democracy (6 Sep 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: My personal view on the issue of the monarchy is that we need to review the relationship between the monarchy and Government. The extent to which powers still lie with the monarchy in terms of the apparatus of state is questionable. I realise that many people will consider even looking at the issue highly controversial, but it seems to me that the succession—I do not know when it will...

International Day of Democracy (6 Sep 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: I am in favour of—what was the word that the Eurocrats used to use? I have forgotten.

International Day of Democracy (6 Sep 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: Subsidiarity, yes. I was a big fan of that in its day. Basically, it is the principle that power should be exercised at the level closest to people at which it can be exercised and at which it is practical to do so. I am all in favour of power and governance being transferred to the most local level possible. I will make just one other suggestion. We tend to get hidebound in these debates and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Barnett Formula: Public Sector Pay Cap (19 Jul 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: May I put on record the fact that the Scottish women’s football team will play an important European championship match tonight? I wish them all the best in their endeavours. I do not think the Secretary of State fully appreciates the sense of grievance about the pay cap among hard-working public sector workers in Scotland. The Scottish Government have declared their intention to review...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Barnett Formula: Public Sector Pay Cap (19 Jul 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: I thank the Secretary of State for his kind words, but he and I will get on a lot better in this process if he does me the courtesy of answering the question. I asked him to state his intention to argue within Cabinet and the British Government to end the pay cap in Scotland so that workers in the public sector there will get the same rate of pay for the job, whether they work for the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Public Sector Pay (18 Jul 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: I think the Treasury response today to the questions about the 1% pay cap are profoundly disappointing. This is the single biggest thing ensuring that inflation erodes living standards. It is impoverishing workers, and it is driving up consumer debt. When will the Treasury agree with the Foreign Secretary that the time has come to end this cap?

UK Elections: Abuse and Intimidation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: I appreciate that we are short of time and I know that we will discuss this issue again in the main Chamber next week, so I will try to keep my remarks brief. I congratulate the hon. Member for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire (Simon Hart) on securing this important debate, and I associate my party with the sentiments that he expressed. I and many of my colleagues have been subjected...

UK Elections: Abuse and Intimidation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: We are very short of time, but I will if the hon. Gentleman is quick.


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