Results 1–20 of 536 for speaker:Michael Marra

Scottish Parliament: Economic Inactivity (27 Mar 2024)

Michael Marra: I am sure that the cabinet secretary will share Labour’s concern that the numbers of people who are economically inactive are rising, particularly among younger people. Given that habits are formed between the ages of 18 and 24 that can guide people’s participation in the labour market for a significant part of their life, what concerted effort is the Government making to understand the...

Scottish Parliament: Public Finances (Impact of Stagnation) (27 Mar 2024)

Michael Marra: Those of us on the Labour benches agree that we need to get rid of the rotten Tory Government, which crashed the economy, left working people paying higher prices on bills and mortgages and has now led the country into recession. However, the reality is that the Scottish Government has made a bad situation worse because of its total failure to grow Scotland’s economy. A range of academics...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (19 Mar 2024)

Michael Marra: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My app did not connect. I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (19 Mar 2024)

Michael Marra: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My app did not connect. I would have voted no.

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 Mar 2024)

Michael Marra: In the aftermath of the Grenfell tower fire tragedy, it was clear that Government would have to act to ensure that such a tragedy could never be repeated. Prior to my election in 2021, I was deputy director of the Leverhulme research centre for forensic science in Dundee. My team carried out much of the review of the fire-scene investigation for the public inquiry. Working with those members...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 Mar 2024)

Michael Marra: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I seek your indulgence to make two apologies. The first is for missing the first two speeches in the debate, although I intimated to the Presiding Officer that I would do so. The second is for neglecting to make that apology during my speech.

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Industry ( 6 Mar 2024)

Michael Marra: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Industry ( 6 Mar 2024)

Michael Marra: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Industry ( 6 Mar 2024)

Michael Marra: There is impressive hyperbole from Mr Kerr on that point. I do not think that he has much ground to stand on about the change in policy. Is his point not fatally undermined by the fact that, for all the screaming and shouting from members on his benches, the Conservative chancellor believes that having a windfall tax is the right thing to do? Why can he not agree with his own party on that?

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Industry ( 6 Mar 2024)

Michael Marra: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Industry ( 6 Mar 2024)

Michael Marra: Scottish Labour has absolutely recognised that our energy industry is utterly vital to the workers, their families and the wider economy—not just in the north-east but across the whole of Scotland. A genuine just transition that protects the livelihoods of workers in the North Sea must be provided. That is absolutely essential. We are absolutely clear that oil and gas will be part of our...

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Industry ( 6 Mar 2024)

Michael Marra: I say to Mr Lumsden that we work as closely as we can with the oil and gas industry to talk about its concerns on that. Clearly, the process of getting from the current situation in oil and gas production to a clean energy system is challenging—that is what I am trying to set out. It is not an easy pathway, and it is one that we have to work on in collaboration and partnership to make...

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Industry ( 6 Mar 2024)

Michael Marra: Not on that point. I will make some progress, sir. With the SNP, what we have instead is tax cuts for energy giants and tax rises for ordinary working people—our nurses, teachers and police officers—during a cost of living crisis in which people are struggling to make ends meet. Bob Doris asked what the windfall tax is designed to do. I can tell Mr Doris that it is designed to deliver...

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Industry ( 6 Mar 2024)

Michael Marra: No, thank you. In short, it is a plan to deliver that transition. Daniel Johnson was absolutely right to set out—

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Industry ( 6 Mar 2024)

Michael Marra: No, sir, I will not. I am coming to my conclusion. Daniel Johnson was absolutely right to tell the chamber that this was about economic reality—the one that the Tories do not want to face up to. The OBR told us today that GDP per person across the UK will be lower in 2028 than it is today. Every single person is poorer because of this Tory Government. It is as a result of that that...

Scottish Parliament: RAAC in Local Authority Housing (Torry) ( 5 Mar 2024)

Michael Marra: In common with other members, I have been contacted by a number of constituents in recent days, and they are consumed with worry about what the situation means for the homes that they have worked so hard to buy and about the safety of their families. What can the minister tell us about on-going support for Aberdeen City Council regarding the dialogue on the matter in the longer term? The...

Scottish Parliament: Eljamel and NHS Tayside Public Inquiry and Independent Clinical Review (29 Feb 2024)

Michael Marra: My constituent Pat Kelly’s experience of his own case note review, which he received in 2022, was utterly dreadful. Will the new independent clinical review process ensure that patients’ views and evidence are included, rather than simply review documentation in which patients have no faith? My constituents and their fellow victims have almost no trust left in NHS Tayside. The culture of...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill (27 Feb 2024)

Michael Marra: Scottish Labour is clear that the budget does not deserve the support of Parliament today. It is a chaotic and incompetent budget, and it has been damned under the scrutiny of the cross-party committees at Holyrood. It fails the Government’s own tests, and it betrays its own rhetoric and spin. It is not a budget for growth or public services, and it is not one that fights poverty. It is a...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill (27 Feb 2024)

Michael Marra: I will not, at the moment. We heard a little bit more about that from Mr Swinney just a few moments ago. He seems to fail to understand that we deliver a social contract by growing the economy. The two things are not in opposition: we have to deliver growth if we are to deliver public services. This is a budget that will hike taxes for nurses who are struggling with their mortgages, while the...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill (27 Feb 2024)

Michael Marra: It is a budget through which Scots will pay much more but get much less in return. We know that the public finances are constrained by an economy that is not working, with two Governments that have wasted billions, while families count every pound. That is why a future Labour Government would refuse to play fast and loose with the public finances: it is why we will not make unfunded spending...


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