Results 1–20 of 167 for speaker:Michelle Thomson

Scottish Parliament: Violence against Women (25 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: In 2016, when I was a member of Parliament, I spoke in the House of Commons about being raped at the age of 14. Too little has changed. In the immediate aftermath, I received thousands of cards, letters and emails. Simultaneously, I received extensive abuse on social media, almost always from men. After my speech, I made a complaint to Police Scotland. The perpetrator was identified and...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (International Development Support) (23 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I am pleased to see the Scottish Government’s continued commitment to its international obligations. Of significant importance is the commitment to supporting women. It is an unfortunate truth that, around the world, women and girls are often disproportionately affected during a crisis. How is the Scottish Government ensuring the principle that women as a sex class are given equal treatment...

Scottish Parliament: Report of the Citizens Assembly of Scotland (Government Response) (23 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I add my voice of thanks to those who participated in the citizens assembly. I would be interested to hear how the Scottish Government plans to feed back on-going progress to them, after all their hard work. I note with interest that 62 per cent of participants strongly agreed that the Scottish Parliament should legislate for an “independent, specialist body that is responsible for finding...

Scottish Parliament: Road Safety (Falkirk) (18 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I thank Stephen Kerr for securing this debate about roads in my constituency and other areas of Falkirk. I welcome his agreement with the ambition that is set out in the Scottish Government’s programme for government to make a move towards national 20mph limits where appropriate. First, I would like to put on the record my condolences to the friends and family of the, as yet, unnamed victim...

Scottish Parliament: Road Safety (Falkirk) (18 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I am already over my four minutes. The report is expected to be presented to the executive committee in the next two months.

Scottish Parliament: Road Safety (Falkirk) (18 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: None of the above can be confused with the national strategy, which is the job of this Parliament to determine. I draw the attention of all to the programme for government, which notes that “all appropriate roads in built-up areas” should “have a safer speed limit of 20 mph by 2025”.

Scottish Parliament: Road Safety (Falkirk) (18 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Shared Prosperity Fund and Levelling Up Agenda (18 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I t is difficult to imagine that any rational person with a commitment to Scotland could possibly object to the Government motion. Predictably, we can therefore rely on the opposition of the Tories. If the introduction by the UK Government of a shared prosperity fund and a so-called levelling up agenda signals anything, it is a recognition of the historic and systemic failure of successive UK...

Scottish Parliament: Shared Prosperity Fund and Levelling Up Agenda (18 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I think that the member missed the point about the say that our democratically elected Scottish Government had in that. The levelling up fund will ostensibly be allocated on the basis of need. However, the definition of need that it uses was developed by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government for England without any consultation with the Scottish Government. The first stage...

Scottish Parliament: Shared Prosperity Fund and Levelling Up Agenda (18 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I put on record that of course I welcome a few roundabouts, but I regret the fact that the payment for a few roundabouts is more of our Scottish money coming from Westminster. If the summit of the Conservatives’ ambition is for more of our money to come from Westminster, a couple of roundabouts and, let us not forget, a Scottish family on “Gogglebox”, that is not good enough. I am...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (17 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My application failed. I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish National Investment Bank (16 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I speak as someone who, for many years, has been concerned about banking in general, and I draw members’ attention to my entry in the register of members’ interests: I remain an ambassador for the all-party parliamentary group on fair business banking at Westminster. I am grateful that, for once, I can make a positive speech about an important aspect of banking that is helping investment...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish National Investment Bank (16 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: On the issue of risk, we know that, habitually, there is often a problem with the attitude of main high street banks to risk. We should reflect carefully on where the SNIB can contribute, and I would welcome Murdo Fraser’s comment on that point.

Scottish Parliament: Legal Services Regulation (10 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: 3. To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that the views of consumers are adequately heard in its consultation on legal services regulation reform. (S6O-00339)

Scottish Parliament: Legal Services Regulation (10 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I declare that I am an interested party, as I have a current complaint. Section A of the consultation, which is on potential regulatory models, requires strong responses from consumers, particularly those such as me who have recent direct experience of the current system. At present, I believe that the system is heavily biased against the consumer’s interest. Will the minister meet me to...

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Procurement and Fair Work Practices (2 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: Given that the debate is being held during COP26, I will raise a point regarding our net zero and climate change ambitions. The Scottish Government has published some excellent guidance on many aspects of procurement that will effectively influence our future direction and enable judgment to be applied when awarding public sector contracts. Invitation-to-tender documents specify the...

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Procurement and Fair Work Practices (2 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I am delighted to hear Stephen Kerr speaking in the chamber, but he must understand that the Scottish Government has an obligation to spend public money effectively, so the screening processes must be rigorous. Surely there are two sides to the equation.

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Endowment Funds (28 Oct 2021)

Michelle Thomson: It is clear that the serious governance flaws stem back to 1978 and the UK Government legislation of that time that enshrined the conflict of interest. I note that the cabinet secretary said: “Fully adopting the recommendations will require legislative change and it will first require the precise mechanisms for that change to be determined.” I have a couple of questions. Can the cabinet...

Scottish Parliament: Covid Recovery Strategy (28 Oct 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I am sure that Mr Johnson recognises that the Scottish Government is fatally constricted by not having borrowing powers. When we are faced with a crisis such as the current one, being able to borrow in order to grow the economy is utterly fundamental. Will Mr Johnson join me in asking the UK Government to grant those powers?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Retail Sector (26 Oct 2021)

Michelle Thomson: In my constituency of Falkirk East, many retailers did a great job of being innovative throughout the pandemic, and demonstrated their fundamental value to our communities. However, at present, small local retailers are at a huge disadvantage compared with online-only giants, who can avoid local taxation, often do not pay anywhere near their full share of national taxes and do not invest in...


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