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Results 1–20 of 334 for speaker:Ben Macpherson

Scottish Parliament: Oaths and Affirmations (12 May 2016)

Ben Macpherson: made a solemn affirmation.

Scottish Parliament: Taking Scotland Forward (26 May 2016)

Ben Macpherson: For my generation, the conception and realisation of this institution—our Scottish Parliament—heralded the beginning of a more positive era for our country and an exciting new chapter in our nation’s story, so I feel both honoured and inspired to speak for the first time in this magnificent chamber and to succeed such an exemplary public servant as Malcolm Chisholm. I am sure that I...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Financial Difficulties) (7 Jun 2016)

Ben Macpherson: Will the cabinet secretary say how much Police Scotland is required to pay annually in VAT?

Scottish Parliament: Dignity, Fairness and Respect in Disability Benefits (9 Jun 2016)

Ben Macpherson: In carers week, I want to take this opportunity to express my thanks to and deep admiration for carers across Scotland and those in my constituency in particular—I think of the work of the north west carers centre in the north of the city and Cornerstone Community Care’s in your corner initiative, which supports young adult carers in north-east Edinburgh. I also pay tribute to the...

Scottish Parliament: Policing and Security (16 Jun 2016)

Ben Macpherson: What level of engagement has taken place between the Scottish Government, the Scottish Police Authority, Police Scotland and other partners on today’s announcement?

Scottish Parliament: Gender and the Workplace (29 Jun 2016)

Ben Macpherson: I, too, welcome the publication of the Scottish Government’s report “New Perspectives on the Gender Pay Gap”, which illustrates that the gender pay gap is lower in Scotland than it is in the UK, and that it has reduced substantially over the long term. I also welcome the minister’s opening remarks and the content of the motion. The title of today’s debate is “Gender and the...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (Edinburgh Northern and Leith) (30 Jun 2016)

Ben Macpherson: 1. I take this opportunity to make the Parliament aware that the First Minister has appointed me to serve the Scottish Parliament as a parliamentary liaison officer to the First Minister. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to encourage tourism in the Edinburgh Northern and Leith constituency. (S5O-00081)

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (Edinburgh Northern and Leith) (30 Jun 2016)

Ben Macpherson: Given the many historic and interesting attractions, including those that the cabinet secretary mentioned, the royal yacht Britannia and Leith Links, where the first recorded rules of the games of golf were created, does the cabinet secretary agree that there is significant potential to develop tourism in Edinburgh Northern and Leith?

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2016-17 (6 Sep 2016)

Ben Macpherson: We live in challenging times. The First Minister has demonstrated again today that her Government is determined to lead with principle and purpose, focused on using the powers of this Parliament to take our country forward and make a meaningful difference at every opportunity. The issues that we face as a nation are significant, and of course we all understand that. How do we best advance and...

Scottish Parliament: Living Wage and Secure Employment (7 Sep 2016)

Ben Macpherson: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to encourage employers to pay the living wage and provide secure employment. (S5O-00102)

Scottish Parliament: Living Wage and Secure Employment (7 Sep 2016)

Ben Macpherson: Would the cabinet secretary agree to work with me on these issues, specifically with regard to the Edinburgh festival—for example, by working with relevant parties to encourage more large venues to pay the living wage and to provide more secure employment?

Scottish Parliament: More Homes Scotland (Investment) (13 Sep 2016)

Ben Macpherson: I, too, warmly welcome this debate on housing, which constituents consistently raise with me in surgeries and is a top priority in my constituency. The journey towards ensuring that everyone in Scotland has access to a warm, well-designed, good-quality and affordable home is, of course, an on-going process and is, as has been articulated in the chamber today, a shared aspiration for us all....

Scottish Parliament: Economy (EU Referendum) (20 Sep 2016)

Ben Macpherson: Before I was elected I spent several years working as a commercial lawyer at the heart of Scotland’s economic activity. In that and other roles, I witnessed at first hand just how much of an attractive and stable place Scotland is to do business in. Let us remember that. Although of course there is a need for improvement and we face significant challenges, our professional services sector...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Meetings) (21 Sep 2016)

Ben Macpherson: What impact is Police Scotland’s disclosure scheme for domestic abuse—Clare’s law—having on tackling the scourge of domestic abuse?

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (Staff Concerns) (27 Sep 2016)

Ben Macpherson: What steps is the Scottish Government taking to ensure that there is an independent and external review system in place for the handling of whistleblowing cases in Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Employment Services (Devolution) (5 Oct 2016)

Ben Macpherson: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Employment Services (Devolution) (5 Oct 2016)

Ben Macpherson: For the sake of clarity, completeness and accuracy, does Mr Tomkins acknowledge that the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s report is also highly critical of zero-hours contracts and insecure work, for example—measures that are controlled at the Westminster level? Does he acknowledge that the report also strongly encourages the payment of the real living wage—the voluntary living wage—which...

Scottish Parliament: Employment Services (Devolution) (5 Oct 2016)

Ben Macpherson: It is great to speak in this extremely important debate about how we assist the most vulnerable in our society and how we get people into work and keep them there. I want to cover four main areas, which are the ethos by which we approach using the new employability powers; the context that we are in; the Scottish Government’s proposals; and how we deliver them. The ethos relates to what...

Scottish Parliament: Employment Services (Devolution) (5 Oct 2016)

Ben Macpherson: I emphasise Alison Johnstone’s point that we can use the third sector to help to deliver some of the programmes in future and get away from everything coming through Jobcentre Plus. There are many organisations in my constituency that have some expertise in the area, including Cyrenians, Fresh Start, North Edinburgh Childcare, Citadel Youth Centre and Granton Youth Centre. Anything that we...

Scottish Parliament: Building a Fairer Scotland (25 Oct 2016)

Ben Macpherson: I warmly welcome the Scottish Government’s action plan, which has a broad agenda of changing the law, allocating and distributing resources, shifting consciousness and social attitudes, and effecting social change in order to build a fairer Scotland. The action plan contains bold proposals across a range of areas of our society and our economy. It seeks to create a fairer Scotland for all,...


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