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Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (15 Dec 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: As a member of the Justice Committee, I record my particular thanks to the clerks for their tireless work on the scrutiny of the bill, which has been an effort by all. I also pay tribute to all committee members from all parties for the collaborative nature of the scrutiny. There has been a lot of publicity about the bill, with the media saying that it is controversial, flawed or contentious....

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (8 Dec 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: Last week, I was contacted by a 27-year-old constituent who says that he has now experienced symptoms of Covid for more than 40 days since his diagnosis. Although he says that his initial symptoms were mild, he tells me that he is now constantly fatigued, his smell and taste have left him and he is experiencing brain fog. As he was previously very active, that is having a major impact on his...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Education) (8 Dec 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: I welcome today’s announcement. I know that many young people will be disappointed although many others will be relieved. I have had contact from students in my constituency who have already had to self-isolate two, three or even four times and who are worried about the impact that that could have on their exams. We know that self-isolation can be more common and more profound in areas of...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (1 Dec 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: I have been contacted by a number of taxi drivers in my constituency who have been severely impacted by the necessary restrictions—particularly those on the night-time economy. The discretionary funding that was announced two weeks ago is welcome news for many and provides a glimmer of hope at the end of this difficult year. What plans does the Scottish Government have to distribute that...

Scottish Parliament: Valuing the Third Sector (1 Dec 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: As a member of the Equalities and Human Rights Committee, it gives me great pleasure to speak in the debate. I am sure that we all agree that the third sector plays a vital role in our society. It takes on so many different responsibilities in our communities, and it has the tough but crucial job of providing lifeline services to many people. We are indebted to the sector for those services,...

Scottish Parliament: Policing (Complaints Handling, Investigations and Misconduct Issues) (Independent Review) (25 Nov 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: It is fundamental in any democracy that the police service is held to account for its actions. I am sure that Parliament will agree that the “Independent Review of Complaints Handling, Investigations and Misconduct Issues in Relation to Policing” is a comprehensive and robust report. As others have mentioned, it runs to nearly 500 pages and makes 81 recommendations overall, which...

Scottish Parliament: Emissions Reduction (Urban Areas) (11 Nov 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce harmful emissions in densely populated urban areas. (S5O-04741)

Scottish Parliament: Emissions Reduction (Urban Areas) (11 Nov 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: Can the cabinet secretary outline some details of the cleaner air for Scotland strategy that will contribute to reductions in emissions in urban areas, and say how the Scottish Government intends to engage with the public on the plans and encourage as many people as possible to respond to the consultation?

Scottish Parliament: Remembrance Commemorations (10 Nov 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: It is a great privilege to speak in this debate. As other members have said, it was a very different remembrance Sunday this year, and that was right. Covid-19 has had an impact on every aspect of our lives since March, and Sunday was no exception. It would not have been right or, indeed, respectful to have had the usual full gatherings and services at memorials up and down the country....

Scottish Parliament: Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (5 Nov 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: As a member of the Justice Committee, which has taken the bill through stage 1, I put on record my thanks to colleagues and particularly to the clerks. It is a complex and at times technical bill, and although not always headline grabbing, it is nonetheless an important bill and one that is needed in the 21st century. As others have pointed out, freedom of expression remains important, but we...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Food Poverty) (4 Nov 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to tackle food poverty during the Covid-19 pandemic. (S5O-04714)

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Food Poverty) (4 Nov 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: The cabinet secretary will be aware of the great work of many voluntary organisations in my constituency that have delivered food to our most vulnerable over the past eight months. They include Coatbridge food bank, the stay connected project, Glenboig Development Trust, Kirkshaws Neighbourhood Centre and Lanarkshire Community Food, to name only a few. As we move into the winter, with the...

Scottish Parliament: Fireworks (3 Nov 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: As the minister said in her statement, although the group’s recommendations are “an important milestone”, the sort of cultural shift that will change our relationship with fireworks “will not happen overnight” but will require sustained work.

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19: Scotland’s Strategic Framework (27 Oct 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: I am speaking as a member of the Scottish Parliament and a resident of North Lanarkshire, which, as we all know, is currently one of hardest-hit areas in the country. Last week, we learned from NHS Lanarkshire that our hospitals were coming close to capacity and that university hospital Monklands, which is only a mile or so from where I live, was again closing to non-essential procedures. I...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19: Scotland’s Strategic Framework (27 Oct 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: I thank the member for that intervention, but I think that the testing system is working well. I will come to that later in my speech. Test and protect is working well in Scotland and constant attacks on it are not helping anybody. I fully welcome the strategic framework. It gives more clarity about what is acceptable and what is essential in terms of activities and travelling in and out of...

Scottish Parliament: Sporting Organisations (Support) (8 Oct 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: 5. To ask the First Minister whether she will provide an update on discussions with the United Kingdom Government regarding support for sporting organisations most affected by a delay to the return of spectators. (S5F-04473)

Scottish Parliament: Sporting Organisations (Support) (8 Oct 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: [ Inaudible .] There have been numerous suggestions this week in football circles that the decision to exclude fans from football matches is in some way a political decision rather than a scientific one. Will the First Minister share the advice on which that unfortunate but necessary restriction is based? Does she agree that football and other sports clubs at all levels play a vital role in...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Transition and Recovery Plan (8 Oct 2020)

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Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Transition and Recovery Plan (8 Oct 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: Thank you, Presiding Officer. Following on from the previous question, I, too, welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to introduce community mental health support services for children and young people. In addition to the update that she has provided, can the minister expand on what children and families should expect from those services?

Scottish Parliament: Reducing Covid-19 Transmission (8 Oct 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: I think that it is fair to say that yesterday’s news of new restrictions came as a blow to many people. It is okay for us to feel like that. As a nation, we have worked hard through lockdown. We have been wearing masks and sacrificing much, but unfortunately, here we are, with numbers rising again. I get how people feel; I have had constituents contact me who are upset that, for example,...


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