Results 61–80 of 187 for speaker:Michelle Thomson

Scottish Parliament: Deaths of John Yuill and Lamara Bell (9 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I thank the cabinet secretary for his statement and I add my voice to the heartfelt sympathy that has been expressed to those who were affected by the tragic deaths of Lamara and John. I am encouraged that, following today’s statement, questions that remain unanswered may be explored further with a fatal accident inquiry. However, we must also consider the feelings of those who have been...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2021-22 (8 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I welcome the programme for government outlined by the First Minister and, in particular, the actions to ensure that Scotland has the opportunity to become a modern, normal, independent nation as soon as conditions allow. Fundamentally, it is about having the freedom to make policy choices based on the needs of the Scottish people. There are huge opportunities to be grasped. I will focus on...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2021-22 (8 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: The member who opened for the Tories declined my opportunity to deny that the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for England would lead the overruling of the democratic Scottish Parliament in assigning structural funds. Perhaps Mr Fraser might want to deny that, instead.

Scottish Parliament: McVitie’s Factory Glasgow (Proposed Closure) (2 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: [ Inaudible .]

Scottish Parliament: McVitie’s Factory Glasgow (Proposed Closure) (2 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I apologise for that. Does Annie Wells recognise that the regulation—the control of which, as Paul Sweeney said, resides in the City of London—has allowed the company to pull money out, to have very opaque tax arrangements and so on? Will she join me in asking the Westminster Government to sort that out? The regulatory situation is a repeating theme, which has affected a number of...

Scottish Parliament: Supporting the People of Afghanistan (2 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: First, I refer members to my entry in the register of interests, as a non-executive director of the Reduce Explosive Violence Increase Victim Empowerment—REVIVE—campaign, which was set up to advocate for victims of explosive weapons. With regard to operation warm welcome, will the cabinet secretary note that recent statistics, which were exposed by Byline Times, show that, of Afghans who...

Scottish Parliament: Supporting the People of Afghanistan (2 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I note what Donald Cameron is saying about the swift removal of the services. However, does he agree that the hardware left for deployment by the Taliban—by the US military, it is suggested—including 22,000 Humvees, 64,000 machine guns, 350,000 assault rifles, 33 Blackhawk helicopters, 176 artillery pieces and 126,000 pistols, can only be considered a cause for concern for global security?

Scottish Parliament: Supporting the People of Afghanistan (2 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Supporting the People of Afghanistan (2 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I note that London is soon to host the world’s biggest arms fair. Surely, given the member’s comments and points, which many of us agree on, what we actually need to be hosting is the world’s biggest humanitarian fair.

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (2 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: On a point of order, Presiding Officer, my app did not resurrect itself and I was unable to register my vote. I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink (1 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: Perhaps Mr Whittle would like to name one of the people in his South Scotland region who would celebrate the removal of their produce from a market of 500 million consumers. Can he name some?

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink (1 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: Thank you, Presiding Officer. You will be pleased to hear that I will speak for considerably less than six minutes. Two years ago, I led a piece of research where we engaged with more than 1,000 business leaders in 74 countries. They saw Scotland as a country that produces quality products and a place where ethics rank high among our key attributes as a trading nation. No sector better meets...

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink (1 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I would certainly agree that the pandemic has had an influence on skills leaving. However, in terms of skills coming back, the so-called hostile environment—which applies not just to areas outwith the EU—is being strictly enforced on those friends and neighbours who used to come here from the EU. It has had a real impact on them feeling welcome to return, and that is what I bemoan. Much...

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink (1 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: This is my last point. I welcome work such as the Scotland food and drink recovery plan, as well as other work that is being undertaken by the Food and Drink Federation and our own Scottish Government.

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom-Australia Free Trade Agreement (Whisky) (23 Jun 2021)

Michelle Thomson: Does Ivan McKee agree that no free trade deal is ever completely free, and that the Australia deal comes at a particularly high cost for Scotland, including in terms of lowering standards for consumers?

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (22 Jun 2021)

Michelle Thomson: [Inaudible.]—and would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Business Support) (17 Jun 2021)

Michelle Thomson: 4. To ask the First Minister what engagement the Scottish Government has had with the United Kingdom Government regarding Covid-19 business support, in light of the rise of the delta variant. (S6F-00134)

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Business Support) (17 Jun 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I certainly agree with the First Minister’s comments about the furlough scheme. With 3.4 million people still on furlough, and 553,000 fewer people in payrolled employment, it would be utterly unthinkable for the Tories to cut support prematurely. The Scottish Licensed Trade Association, along with other businesses and trade unions, has called for “an extension to the current support...

Scottish Parliament: Two-child Cap (Discussions) (16 Jun 2021)

Michelle Thomson: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland regarding the joint letter signed by the devolved children’s commissioners, which described the two-child cap as a “clear breach of children’s human rights”. (S6O-00031)

Scottish Parliament: Two-child Cap (Discussions) (16 Jun 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I thank the minister not only for that answer but for calling out the UK Government on the two-child limit. Is he able to give further information on what steps are being taken specifically in Scotland to give our Scottish children the best quality start in life?


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