All 12 results for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lesley Laird

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU: Devolution (6 Dec 2017)

Lesley Laird: Let me first thank the Secretary of State and other Members for their condolences, on behalf of Jimmy Hood’s family. On Monday night, the Scottish Tories were herded through the Lobbies and told to trample all over the devolution settlement. Who issued those instructions, the Prime Minister or Ruth Davidson and the Secretary of State?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU: Devolution (6 Dec 2017)

Lesley Laird: I welcome that clarification, but the question was really “Why could the Secretary of State not have presented those amendments the other night?” Throughout Monday’s debate his Scottish colleagues acknowledged that there were deficiencies in the Bill, but were unable to name one. Will the Secretary of State now do what they could not? Will he tell us first what deficiencies...

Referendum on Scottish Independence — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Nov 2017)

Lesley Laird: It is a pleasure to respond to this debate and to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Roger. I campaigned in this year’s council elections and the general election, and the mood was clear on Scottish doorsteps: people were fed up with the words “independence” and “referendum”. Who can blame them? We heard all that in the debate. The discussion has been going on...

Referendum on Scottish Independence — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Nov 2017)

Lesley Laird: I thank you, Sir Roger, for your intervention and advice. The irony of all of these issues is that the SNP wants Scotland in Europe but not in Britain, while the Conservatives want Scotland in Britain but not in Europe. They are two sides of the same tarnished coin, and people are fast waking up to that. They can see the gap between political rhetoric and the reality of politician’...

Referendum on Scottish Independence — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Nov 2017)

Lesley Laird: I will continue, following that non-point of order. Our pledge to introduce a real living wage would provide a boost to the incomes of almost half a million Scots who are currently earning less than the living wage. Such pledges epitomise why Scotland should remain a part of the United Kingdom. They show the difference that a Labour Government in Westminster could make to people’s lives...

Referendum on Scottish Independence — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Nov 2017)

Lesley Laird: Not yet. I wish to make some progress. However, we also accept the need to revisit the distribution of power and wealth across the United Kingdom. Although independence is not the answer, it is clear that the current constitutional settlement is not working. My hon. Friend the Member for East Lothian (Martin Whitfield) said that what we want is devolved Government, which is so important to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Jobcentre Closures (25 Oct 2017)

Lesley Laird: The Department for Work and Pensions claims that the need for jobcentres is declining with the growth of online services, but in the constituency of Glasgow East, which has one of the highest claimant rates in Scotland, at around 35%, many do not have access to the internet and 51% are not IT literate; yet the Government are still closing three jobcentres, one of which serves three homeless...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Jobcentre Closures (25 Oct 2017)

Lesley Laird: I thank the Minister for that answer, but I am afraid it is not very convincing or particularly reassuring. He knows full well that equality impact assessments have been conducted, as the Secretary of State for Scotland told me in response to my letter. The Secretary of State also said in his letter that if I wanted to access that equality information, I would have to make individual freedom...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Jobcentre Closures (25 Oct 2017)

Lesley Laird: The Minister has one more chance to publish the information. Otherwise, here is my FOI request.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Barnett Formula: Public Sector Pay Cap (19 Jul 2017)

Lesley Laird: I, too, send my best wishes to the Scottish women’s football team for tonight. I also congratulate our tennis players on a wonderful tournament. It is a pity that the SNP has bounced Labour’s proposal on lifting the public sector pay cap in November. Will the Secretary of State tell me what assessment has been made of the effect of the Government’s pay cap on the living...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Barnett Formula: Public Sector Pay Cap (19 Jul 2017)

Lesley Laird: I thank the Secretary of State for his answer, but it is very clear that the Government are in complete chaos on this issue, which is very much like the SNP Government, who claim that they will abandon the public sector pay cap—[Interruption.]— despite voting it down in a proposal in May. Is it not the case that public sector workers in Scotland are being let down by two weak and...

Debate on the Address: Education and Local Services (27 Jun 2017)

Lesley Laird: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for giving me the opportunity to speak in today’s debate. Before looking forward, I want to take a few moments to pause and reflect on the maiden speeches made by Members of Parliament who have represented Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath before me. My predecessor Roger Mullin served the constituency from June 2015 to May 2017, and in his maiden speech he quoted...


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