Results 1–20 of 288 for speaker:Gordon Lindhurst

Scottish Parliament: Wave 2 Benefits (Cost of Delivery) (26 Jun 2019)

Gordon Lindhurst: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what reviews it has carried out of the cost of delivering and implementing wave 2 benefits. (S5O-03443)

Scottish Parliament: Wave 2 Benefits (Cost of Delivery) (26 Jun 2019)

Gordon Lindhurst: Could we have a more precise timetable for when the update will be provided to Parliament?

Scottish Parliament: Tackling Child Poverty (Progress Report) (26 Jun 2019)

Gordon Lindhurst: Will the Scottish Government introduce primary or secondary legislation as a basis for the new Scottish child payment? If so, when might we expect to see that?

Scottish Parliament: Tenement Maintenance (26 Jun 2019)

Gordon Lindhurst: As a member of the cross-party working group, I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak in the debate. I begin, as others did, by thanking my colleagues—I will not name them all, because others have already done so—for their excellent work on the vital report. I thank the minister for citing Grotius, who is a much-neglected source of legal wisdom these days. I do not know what Grotius...

Scottish Parliament: Management of Offenders (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (25 Jun 2019)

Gordon Lindhurst: Briefly, the purpose of amendment 3 is set out within the amendment. It is to do with Parole Board hearings and it seeks “to ensure that a prisoner whose case the Board is considering” is able to understand “the ... matters being discussed at the hearing”. In technical terms, the amendment would simply bring the provisions for people who appear in front of the Parole Board into line...

Scottish Parliament: Management of Offenders (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (25 Jun 2019)

Gordon Lindhurst: I have nothing further to add. I press amendment 3.

Scottish Parliament: Whole-life Custody Sentences (4 Jun 2019)

Gordon Lindhurst: I speak in support of Liam Kerr’s members’ bill proposal. I am a qualified advocate who has dealt with these sorts of cases on both sides of the court room, and it appears to me that a move towards ensuring that whole-life custody sentences can be handed down by Scottish judges could be part of a positive way to restore confidence in our justice system. As the consultation on the proposed...

Scottish Parliament: Whole-life Custody Sentences (4 Jun 2019)

Gordon Lindhurst: When I was an advocate, I was acting in the courts in either prosecution or defence, and I was not involved in the political process in this chamber as I am now. I am sure that that the member will agree that we always have to look at revising and improving the law, and at addressing gaps in it. The proposed bill would do that.

Scottish Parliament: Whole-life Custody Sentences (4 Jun 2019)

Gordon Lindhurst: I will not at this point. I need to make some progress. In the media, we regularly read and hear of life sentences being handed down for the worst criminals, but we have seen some criminals being released after serving as little as 14 years. How is that justice for the victim’s family? Over 70 per cent of lifers have been released after less than 15 years in prison, and more than 800 of...

Scottish Parliament: Whole-life Custody Sentences (4 Jun 2019)

Gordon Lindhurst: Mr Finnie will presumably refer to the faculty’s position when he speaks on the matter again. I am not here speaking on behalf of the Faculty of Advocates, but on the specific bill and the proposal by my colleague that I am supporting. I think that Mr Finnie would also accept that he does not always accept the faculty’s or the Law Society’s position on any specific issue.

Scottish Parliament: Whole-life Custody Sentences (4 Jun 2019)

Gordon Lindhurst: I could go into the faculty’s position in detail, but I do not have time to do so, so I will conclude by saying that a message must be sent that the worst criminals will not be released back into society, and that, for the most heinous crimes, we will guarantee that the punishment really can fit the crime. The person who knows that detail is the trial judge—the one who passes the...

Scottish Parliament: Realising Scotland’s Potential (4 Jun 2019)

Gordon Lindhurst: The debate comes at a critical time for Scotland’s economy. As the convener of the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee, I am acutely aware of the challenges facing our economy in the coming years. Representing the capital and the wider Lothian region, I think that we can be at the heart of an economic revolution, but that will require a bold economic vision. It is clear that a skills...

Scottish Parliament: Realising Scotland’s Potential (4 Jun 2019)

Gordon Lindhurst: Yes, it would. With the IPPR highlighting a worker shortage in Scotland of 410,000 by 2030, we need to give businesses the support that will bolster skills training. The skills shortage has doubled since 2011 on the SNP’s watch; in 2018, 6 per cent of employers reported vacancies linked to the skills shortage, with such vacancies at STEM employers also on the increase. I am therefore...

Scottish Parliament: A Trading Nation (30 May 2019)

Gordon Lindhurst: As the Scottish Conservative spokesman on trade and investment, I am pleased to speak in this debate about how Scotland can seize the opportunities that await us in future trading relationships. The trading plan that the First Minister announced earlier this month in Edinburgh is a welcome step in the right direction, with plans for 17,500 extra jobs as a result of boosting exports. However,...

Scottish Parliament: A Trading Nation (30 May 2019)

Gordon Lindhurst: I welcome any positive growth, such as the growth to which the minister refers, but we must look at the overall picture and recognise where we are missing the mark and missing a step. The SNP Government recently announced a dramatic U-turn on the plans to cut air departure tax. As a representative of the capital and the Lothian region, I am acutely aware of that and of Edinburgh Airport...

Scottish Parliament: Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (28 May 2019)

Gordon Lindhurst: It gives me no pleasure to speak in today’s debate, but someone needs to speak up for Scotland’s children, parents and families. Our current criminal law rightly prohibits parents from assaulting their children, and that is the way it should be. I think that that is a unanimously agreed proposition—at least, I would hope that it is. We already have the right laws and procedures in place...

Scottish Parliament: Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (28 May 2019)

Gordon Lindhurst: I will not take one at this stage, as I want to address the imbalance that has existed in the debate before this place. However well meaning some supporters of the bill may be, they overlook that crucial point. Families are the bedrock of any stable and civilised society in which the best interests of children can be protected. The state cannot pretend to replace the family, and one that does...

Scottish Parliament: Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (28 May 2019)

Gordon Lindhurst: Not at this moment. That point was clearly made by the UK Supreme Court in the named persons case. In his recent Reith lectures, on BBC Radio 4, the recently retired justice of the UK Supreme Court Jonathan Sumption QC made a key point about the problem with a lot of current law making. He said: “We are afraid to let people be guided by their own moral judgements in case they arrive at...

Scottish Parliament: Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (28 May 2019)

Gordon Lindhurst: Not at this stage. Those from whom the committee did not hear included experts in the practice in their field and in the workings of our current law. Surely the Lord Advocate, as the head of Scotland’s prosecution service, should have appeared before the committee to answer questions on the bill, but he did not. We are told that he has been invited to give evidence later. In those...

Scottish Parliament: Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (28 May 2019)

Gordon Lindhurst: Will the member give way?


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