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Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU: Devolution (17 Oct 2018)

Lesley Laird: I ask for a moment of indulgence while I congratulate Kirkcaldy High School, which this week received the president’s award from the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities as a rights-respecting UNICEF school. Well done to everyone there. The Secretary of State claims that protecting the integrity of the UK is the most important thing to him. The invisible man in the Cabinet got a few...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU: Devolution (17 Oct 2018)

Lesley Laird: It may have escaped the Secretary of State’s notice, but that still leaves Labour in joint control of Fife Council. The Secretary of State and his Government have just run out of ideas when it comes to Brexit, so let me give him a bit of advice: take a step further and support Labour’s suggestion for a customs union. He says that protecting the Union is his top priority, but he...

Written Answers — Scotland Office: Scottish Islands: Devolution (10 Sep 2018)

Lesley Laird: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what progress the UK Government has made on an islands' deal; and when the Government plans to publish details on that deal.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Air Space (6 Sep 2018)

Lesley Laird: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department takes to ensure that the views of affected communities are taken into account in decisions on Airspace Change Programmes.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Air Space (6 Sep 2018)

Lesley Laird: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to ensure that the health impacts of communities under proposed flight paths are taken into account in decisions on Airspace Change Programmes, including the recommendation of the World Health Organisations that people can receive eight hours of undisturbed sleep.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Air Space (6 Sep 2018)

Lesley Laird: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to ensure the publication of all information in relation to Airspace Change Programmes.

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Children (6 Sep 2018)

Lesley Laird: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unaccompanied child refugees have been re-settled in Scotland in each of the last three years; and how many of those children were resettled with family already living in Scotland.

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Lesley Laird: Can I clarify the record, so that there is no misunderstanding? I think that I clarified the issue when I was asked earlier whether I was a Unionist and whether I also supported Scotland. I can confirm both again, not just for me but for my party. We are absolutely a party of the Union. We are a party of democracy. We are the party of devolution and we will not waver from that. If I...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Lesley Laird: rose—

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Lesley Laird: rose—

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Lesley Laird: Having clarified the point, I should be grateful if the hon. Gentleman stopped repeating a statement that I have already corrected. That would be extremely helpful, not only to the House but, obviously, to the public outside.

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Lesley Laird: Today’s debate is on “Strengthening the Union”, so I am going to start by talking about that concept and the ties that bind our Union together. Working together, our family of nations has achieved great things for the many and not just the few, and when we are once again united in common purpose, under a Labour Government, I know we will do great things again. Our shared...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Lesley Laird: I am indeed a proud Unionist. I am also a very proud Scot. Having supported and competed for my country, I can honestly say I can wear both jerseys with pride. Our shared history also includes the national health service, whose 70th anniversary we proudly celebrated earlier this year, and the commitment to looking after our people from the cradle to the grave. Sadly, those are not the sort of...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Lesley Laird: Of course I am absolutely appalled by the levels of poverty, but I also recognise that the Scottish Government have many powers in their armoury to address that, and with cuts to local government of 9.6% there is clearly opportunity for both Governments to improve their track record in that regard. Brexit is burning and the Tories are doing what they have done for decades: ripping each other...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Lesley Laird: My hon. Friend makes a good point. We are aware that many studies now show that many people using food banks are in employment. Clearly, with low wages and low flexi hours, we see that this is not an economy that is working for the many. Across these islands we are united in our disgust at the behaviour of politicians who put fear of losing a Commons vote above respect for an opponent who is...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Lesley Laird: The hon. Gentleman has missed the point: the reason we stood up and supported the Scottish Government is because of his party’s failure to respect the devolution settlement.

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Lesley Laird: The hon. Gentleman has just illustrated his own point, which is that the basis of having devolution allows different parties in different countries to reach different solutions. [Interruption.] Where has the hon. Member for Moray (Douglas Ross) been all these years? The charge sheet includes the catastrophe that is universal credit, the degrading of the terminally ill with ongoing work...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Lesley Laird: I did. It was worth repeating. While these policies continue to have a cruel impact on the lives of ordinary people the length and breadth of the UK, it is clear that the Tories are guilty of laying the foundations of a policy of division that the nationalists will exploit. They will promote their holy grail, no matter the turbo-charged austerity that it would unleash on the Scottish people.

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Lesley Laird: I wish to make some progress. In recent weeks, we have been presented with the evidence of what the SNP’s plans for separation would really cost. The nationalists promised Scotland a growth commission, but in reality they have delivered a cuts commission. The people of Scotland simply cannot afford another wasted decade under the mantra of deficit reduction.

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Lesley Laird: The SNP’s document speaks for itself; not only that, but there are many commentators who have something to say about it, too. I also note that the SNP failed to consult trade unions on its document—I am sure the hon. Gentleman is extremely disappointed about that.


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