Results 181–200 of 695 for speaker:Ruth Maguire

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (24 May 2022)

Ruth Maguire: On a point of order. I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Attainment Challenge (18 May 2022)

Ruth Maguire: As a member of the Education, Children and Young People Committee, I take my role and responsibilities very seriously. Only a matter of hours ago, the committee completed the last evidence session in our inquiry into the Scottish attainment challenge, and we have not yet begun work on our cross-party report. For that reason, I feel compelled to note that I find the Labour motion today...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Attainment Challenge (18 May 2022)

Ruth Maguire: Martin Whitfield raises an interesting point. My local authority, North Ayrshire, was one of the nine challenge authorities and, until the pandemic, was progressing very well on both raising attainment and reducing the poverty-related attainment gap overall. That was evidenced in an Education Scotland inspection report in July 2018, which stated: “North Ayrshire Council is making very good...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Attainment Challenge (18 May 2022)

Ruth Maguire: I will, but Labour does insist on these short debates, so—

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Attainment Challenge (18 May 2022)

Ruth Maguire: I will vote for the Government’s amendment, which lays out the work that needs to be done to tackle the poverty-related attainment gap. The local authority is working on how the programmes will work. The fact that the multiyear allocations are being confirmed over a four-year period will be welcome, and that will assist all local authorities to plan for the long term. Addressing the...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government’s International Work (10 May 2022)

Ruth Maguire: It is a privilege to speak in this debate on the Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee’s report on the Scottish Government’s international work. I congratulate the committee, led by its convener, Clare Adamson, on a thorough and important piece of work. The report is wide ranging, as has been reflected by the diversity of speeches that we have enjoyed listening to....

Scottish Parliament: Menopause (Specialist Services) ( 4 May 2022)

Ruth Maguire: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that women who need it have access to specialist services for advice and support on the diagnosis and management of menopause. (S6O-01026)

Scottish Parliament: Menopause (Specialist Services) ( 4 May 2022)

Ruth Maguire: I thank the minister for that action. Hormone replacement therapy is part of the jigsaw of menopause management. For many women, it provides invaluable relief from the quite debilitating symptoms of menopause. Those women will be concerned about reported shortages of HRT supplies. Can I ask the minister what that situation is in Scotland? Further to that, would she consider enabling...

Scottish Parliament: Global Intergenerational Week 2022 (28 Apr 2022)

Ruth Maguire: I thank my colleague Jackie Dunbar for bringing this important topic to the chamber for debate and highlighting the excellent work of the charity Generations Working Together. We can all agree that the past two years have been challenging. It is important that we recognise the challenges of isolation and loneliness presented by the pandemic for all generations and the negative impact on some...

Scottish Parliament: “SnareWatch Annual Report 2021” (24 Mar 2022)

Ruth Maguire: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the “SnareWatch Annual Report 2021” from OneKind. (S6O-00913)

Scottish Parliament: “SnareWatch Annual Report 2021” (24 Mar 2022)

Ruth Maguire: I thank the minister for that very full answer. Ending cruelty against animals is tremendously important to me and my constituents. With that in mind, will the minister tell us more about the second review that she has commissioned?

Scottish Parliament: Child Poverty (24 Mar 2022)

Ruth Maguire: Eradicating child poverty has been declared a national mission by the Scottish Government, and it must be a mission for us all. As we have seen during the pandemic, it is often the most vulnerable who suffer the most, and with rising fuel, food and housing costs, that mission requires urgent action now more than ever. I welcome the cabinet secretary’s remarks that the current cost of living...

Scottish Parliament: Child Poverty (24 Mar 2022)

Ruth Maguire: We are operating in challenging times. The Scottish Government’s budget has been cut. We have outlined a number of areas in which the Government is taking action. I have just said that one of the most important things that we can do is to put money directly into the pockets of families who are affected. Until we have the full powers and responsibility of independence, we will have to work...

Scottish Parliament: Fair Trade Pledge (17 Mar 2022)

Ruth Maguire: I congratulate Clare Adamson on recognising the fair trade pledge and bringing this important issue to the chamber. I thank Gordon MacDonald for opening the debate. My constituency of Cunninghame South sits within North Ayrshire. In 2014, through the hard work of the North Ayrshire Fairtrade zone group, supported by the local authority, North Ayrshire was recognised as a Fairtrade zone. I am...

Scottish Parliament: Technology-assisted Human Trafficking (16 Mar 2022)

Ruth Maguire: Trafficking gangs are motivated purely by profit. To end their cruel trade, we must disrupt the market. When will the Scottish Government take action in that regard by making it a criminal offence to enable or profit from the prostitution of another person, ending male demand by criminalising paying for sex, so that Scotland will no longer be a place where such criminal gangs can operate in...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Update (15 Mar 2022)

Ruth Maguire: Many people in the communities that we represent will be worried about the rising number of cases. I saw the chief medical officer mention vaccine effectiveness studies at the weekend, and I wish to ask the First Minister about those. What reassurance can they provide to the vaccinated, and what encouragement can they give to those who are yet to get their jags?

Scottish Parliament: International Women’s Day 2022 ( 8 Mar 2022)

Ruth Maguire: I acknowledge the work of women’s groups and communities across Scotland and the world to tackle women’s inequality. The work that they do is important, often unpaid or underpaid and, sadly, frequently undervalued by some, but it makes a difference and is in many cases life saving. Thank you, sisters. I especially mention North Ayrshire Women’s Aid and the North Ayrshire violence...

Scottish Parliament: Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill ( 3 Mar 2022)

Ruth Maguire: I appreciate that the cabinet secretary stated that the legislation and the policy of self-ID does not change the protections afforded by the Equality Act 2010 in terms of single-sex provision. That is the aspect of the bill that my constituents ask about the most. I understand that many organisations and institutions are already operating based on self-ID and that it may well be working for...

Scottish Parliament: National Strategy for Economic Transformation ( 2 Mar 2022)

Ruth Maguire: The strategy includes a welcome focus on improving wages and conditions in sectors where low pay and precarious work are most prevalent through the sectoral fair work agreements. Will the cabinet secretary provide further details as to how the Government will work with trade unions and industry to deliver high fair work standards?

Scottish Parliament: Ports (24 Feb 2022)

Ruth Maguire: How will green ports contribute to the exporting infrastructure that an independent Scotland will need?


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