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Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living: Mortgage Rescue Scheme (23 Nov 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living: Mortgage Rescue Scheme (23 Nov 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: I know that the member does not like independence and would not vote for it, but does he accept that an independence referendum would give people a choice to escape from the policies that he criticises?

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living: Mortgage Rescue Scheme (23 Nov 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: Once again, as my colleague Paul Sweeney said, we are in the chamber to speak about a Tory-made financial crisis that is affecting people all across Scotland. The uncertainty and fear caused by the disastrous Brexit that Scotland did not vote for and the catastrophic Tory mini-budget have had numerous financial consequences across the UK. Inflation has now risen, yet again, to 11.1 per cent,...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living: Mortgage Rescue Scheme (23 Nov 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: I do not think that I will have time. Sorry. In addition to those supports, the Scottish Government is investing an additional £12.5 million to provide free advice services to help people with income maximisation and welfare and debt advice. In the short time that I have had so far, I have only scratched the surface of the ways in which the Scottish Government is doing everything that it can...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living: Mortgage Rescue Scheme (23 Nov 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: I will not take any interventions just now. Today’s ruling from the Supreme Court puts beyond any doubt we had that we are not in a voluntary union, which many of us have been saying for a while.

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living: Mortgage Rescue Scheme (23 Nov 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: No. One of the reasons why I have not taken any interventions—though I will see whether I have time when I get close to the end of my speech—is that I want to spend the rest of my time paying tribute to some of the amazing local charities and individuals in my constituency who are working to help people deal with this Tory-imposed cost of living crisis. It is important that we come to the...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living: Mortgage Rescue Scheme (23 Nov 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: I appreciate Mark Griffin lodging the motion, because I think that it is important. I think that the Scottish Government is doing a lot. I have already listed just some of the things that it is doing. However, it feels as though all that this Parliament is doing at times is mitigating what the Tories are introducing. Labour should be standing beside us at every opportunity and calling them...

Scottish Parliament: Safety at School (Teachers and Pupils) (17 Nov 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: On the back of Russell Findlay’s question and the cabinet secretary’s answer, can we have an update on when we should expect the next iteration of the behaviour in Scottish schools research—BISSR—and how the findings of the first research impacts on Scottish Government policy?

Scottish Parliament: Long Covid (Support) (9 Nov 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what support is in place for people with long Covid. (S6O-01518)

Scottish Parliament: Long Covid (Support) (9 Nov 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: I thank the cabinet secretary for that response and for his response to my recent written question on the matter. I welcome the development of the centre in Lanarkshire. Over the past few months, I have been dealing with a constituent, Tracy McMullen, who has been in touch about her son Jonathan. I know that Tracy has also been in touch with the cabinet secretary directly. Jonathan is in his...

Scottish Parliament: Hospitality Sector (Support) (2 Nov 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what support it is providing to businesses in the hospitality sector, in light of the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and the cost of living crisis. (S6O-01489)

Scottish Parliament: Hospitality Sector (Support) (2 Nov 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: During the October recess, I was invited to meet a number of pub owners in Coatbridge Main Street, who expressed real concern about the viability of their businesses in the short term, due to the cost of living crisis, rising energy costs and changes in behaviour following the pandemic. One of those is the Eden group, which employs nearly 100 people in my constituency and was in The National...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Covid-19 Inquiry Chair (27 Oct 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: I n relation to the previous two questions, I welcome the Deputy First Minister’s commitment to the long Covid issue, as that is an issue that has been raised with me. It is right that bereaved families should be at the forefront of all our minds as the inquiry progresses. How will the Scottish Government ensure that their voices are kept central to the inquiry’s work and that their...

Scottish Parliament: Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Oct 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: It is a great privilege to speak in this debate.? As a member of the committee scrutinising the legislation, I can assure members that our process has been robust. As the convener has mentioned, we heard from a range of people and organisations with varying views about the bill. I thank everyone who gave us evidence. Despite what we might sometimes see on social media, I am sure that all...

Scottish Parliament: Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Oct 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: I might come back to that, but I direct the member the committee’s report, which is very detailed. As I said, in our evidence, we heard quite widespread support for the removal of the need for a gender recognition panel and medical diagnosis. That support came from the Scottish Human Rights Commission, Rape Crisis Scotland, the Church of Scotland and many others. The approach is also very...

Scottish Parliament: Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Oct 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: I apologise; I have already taken one. I think that it is fair to say that that was one of the most contested areas of the bill, with strong arguments made in favour of both ages. I was pleased that the cabinet secretary reflected on that in her evidence to us when she spoke about how the Government came to its decision. As we have heard from Alex Cole-Hamilton, the bill also introduces a new...

Scottish Parliament: Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Oct 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: My apologies—I do not have time. If we vote for the bill at stage 1 today, I know that the committee and the Government will have an open door ahead of stage 2, as we all want to build consensus and make law as good as it can be. For any of my colleagues from all parties who are thinking of not voting in support of the bill today, I would simply ask them why that is the case. Yes, there is...

Scottish Parliament: Bill of Rights Bill (6 Oct 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is regarding the impact on Scotland of the United Kingdom Government’s reported plans to withdraw the Bill of Rights Bill. (S6O-01430)

Scottish Parliament: Bill of Rights Bill (6 Oct 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: Will the minister outline what steps the Scottish Government is taking to ensure the protection of European Union, international and domestic human rights law in Scotland, as the right-wing UK Government, whether through the Bill of Rights Bill or its general approach to inequalities in the UK, continues to threaten them?

Scottish Parliament: Tributes to Her Late Majesty the Queen (20 Sep 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: It is a great honour and privilege to speak in today’s debate, at the end of a historic period in our country’s history. As other members have done, I begin by passing on my heartfelt condolences to the royal family following the passing of Her Majesty. The past week to 10 days has demonstrated the profound love that the people of Scotland have for the Queen and the love that she had for...


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