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Results 181–200 of 337 for speaker:Ben Macpherson

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 1 (31 Jan 2018)

Ben Macpherson: Yes, I will.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 1 (31 Jan 2018)

Ben Macpherson: I thank Dean Lockhart for his intervention. It gives me the opportunity to point out this week’s news that, in a Tory Brexit, the UK will be worse off under any possible scenario. It also allows me to highlight the fact that Brexit threatens to cost the Scottish economy around £11 billion a year by 2030. Dean Lockhart would do better to support the fact that the Scottish economy has had...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 1 (31 Jan 2018)

Ben Macpherson: I will take no more interventions from Mr Lockhart. Given the positive outlook for the economy and despite the negativity of Brexit, the people of Scotland have many reasons to be hopeful. For me, today’s budget is about how all of us, as Scottish politicians, do our part to help to make a real and positive difference for the current generation and future generations. Since 2007, the SNP...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 1 (31 Jan 2018)

Ben Macpherson: No. I want to get on to an important point, as I have limited time. Last year, Edinburgh was voted the second-best city in the world for quality of life and Scotland as a whole has been ranked as the best place to live in the UK for quality of life. Talented and well-motivated people, despite the negativity from the Tories, are moving here more and more. One of the overarching reasons for...

Scottish Parliament: Electric Shock Training Collars (25 Jan 2018)

Ben Macpherson: I, too, firmly believe that electric shock collars for dogs are inherently cruel and totally unnecessary. I thank Maurice Golden for securing a debate on this important animal welfare issue. It is great to join colleagues in welcoming the Scottish Government’s bold and decisive action yesterday to promptly and effectively ban the use of electric shock collars and other electronic training...

Scottish Parliament: Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Repeal) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2018)

Ben Macpherson: As a member of the Justice Committee, I thank committee colleagues, our clerks and all the witnesses who gave evidence. Like many people in Scotland and around the world, I love football. I loved playing it growing up in primary school, in secondary school, in university and at club level. Some of my friends have been professionals and I still enjoy a kick-about and going to watch matches,...

Scottish Parliament: Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Repeal) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2018)

Ben Macpherson: The meaningful and constructive thing to do is exactly what the Government has done, which is to conduct a review of hate crime legislation as a whole, and thereafter to reflect on that evidence and think about how we can do something comprehensive. The irresponsible thing to do would be recklessly to repeal the 2012 act in full, which would leave a gap in the law in respect of section 6. The...

Scottish Parliament: Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Repeal) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2018)

Ben Macpherson: Will James Kelly take a constructive intervention on that point?

Scottish Parliament: Justice (24 Jan 2018)

Ben Macpherson: I note that PIRC investigations are on-going under a statutory process, so I make my remarks in that context. Today we could have been debating how best to support our police service: how best to assist Police Scotland in managing changing demands and the changing nature of crime in the 21st century. We could have been debating the threats of cybercrime or the future of the European arrest...

Scottish Parliament: Justice (24 Jan 2018)

Ben Macpherson: I say that because it is difficult to understand how the then SPA board could have made the decision on 7 November to allow the chief constable to return to work—[ Interruption .]

Scottish Parliament: Justice (24 Jan 2018)

Ben Macpherson: It is difficult to understand how the decision could have been made without first confirming that doing so would not undermine the independent PIRC investigations, of which we should be mindful, or the confidence of staff who are engaged in that process. The justice secretary has acted responsibly, because Police Scotland’s senior command team had not been told about the decision by the...

Scottish Parliament: Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (16 Jan 2018)

Ben Macpherson: I declare an interest as a previous practising solicitor who is still registered on the roll of Scottish solicitors, although not practising. I thank my colleagues on the Justice Committee, the witnesses who gave evidence and the clerks for helping us through the process to this point. I highly commend the Scottish Government for bringing forward the Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group...

Scottish Parliament: Tenement Communal Property (Maintenance) (9 Jan 2018)

Ben Macpherson: I thank colleagues for their cross-party support for the motion on maintenance of tenement communal property, and for attending the debate on this pertinent issue. Before I proceed, I declare an interest as an owner-occupier of a tenement flat. For the benefit of all our constituents, MSPs must all work to help to enhance and improve Scotland’s existing housing stock and the integrity of...

Scottish Parliament: Tenement Communal Property (Maintenance) (9 Jan 2018)

Ben Macpherson: I acknowledge those points. I have met the Minister for Local Government and Housing on the issues, and am grateful to know that he is open minded about considering them on an on-going basis. Therefore, I ask the Scottish Government to explore comprehensively all the possibilities for further action to improve tenement maintenance, including the ideas that have been mentioned. I would be...

Scottish Parliament: Tenement Communal Property (Maintenance) (9 Jan 2018)

Ben Macpherson: Given the complexity of the situation before us, the diversity of practices in different cities and the diversity of the potential solutions, does Jeremy Balfour support my proposal that we collaborate in reviewing the potential solutions and that we carefully, robustly and diligently explore them?

Scottish Parliament: Welfare Reform (Homelessness) (21 Dec 2017)

Ben Macpherson: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what impact United Kingdom Government welfare reform, as part of its austerity agenda, is having on homelessness in Scotland. (S5O-01604)

Scottish Parliament: Welfare Reform (Homelessness) (21 Dec 2017)

Ben Macpherson: Earlier this month, Presiding Officer, you and the Minister for Local Government and Housing, along with Angela Constance, the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, me and an inspirational 8,000 other people took part in the Social Bite sleep in the park initiative, to help end homelessness and rough sleeping in our country, and to help alleviate the difficulties...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (19 Dec 2017)

Ben Macpherson: I, like others, very much welcome the debate on the bill at stage 1. Others, from the convener of the Social Security Committee to the members who have spoken so far and the Minister for Social Security, have mentioned that the process the committee has gone through—of hearing the evidence and deliberating on the bill—has been very constructive. That process demonstrates the Parliament at...

Scottish Parliament: Draft Spending and Tax Plans 2018-19 (14 Dec 2017)

Ben Macpherson: How will the cabinet secretary’s innovative and progressive budget proposals—[ Interruption .] How will the cabinet secretary’s budget benefit Edinburgh, considering the capital’s needs, opportunities and population growth? [ Interruption .]

Scottish Parliament: Finance (13 Dec 2017)

Ben Macpherson: People across Scotland will be as bemused as I am to hear the Tories trying to cast themselves as the party of low-income and middle-income families. It would be ironic were it not so absolutely absurd. What is also bemusing is that today, and for some time, the Tories have tried to portray themselves as some sort of all-knowing authority on the economy when, in reality, across the UK, they...


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