Results 61–80 of 306 for speaker:Foysol Choudhury

Scottish Parliament: Asylum Policy and Legislation (United Kingdom Government) (10 Jan 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: Recent hostile UK Government policies have contributed to Scotland being painted as a country that does not welcome refugees. Those policies have encouraged hostility and bad feeling towards the most vulnerable in our society. The “fear of the other” rhetoric stokes racism, puts immigrants in danger and deprives the UK of the benefits that migrants bring. Just this week, there were...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (10 Jan 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My app was not working, but I would have voted no.

Scottish Parliament: Post Office Employees (Potential Wrongful Convictions) ( 9 Jan 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: 1. Thank you, Presiding Officer. Happy new year to you and to everyone in the chamber. To ask the Scottish Government what action it can take to ensure that all people who were potentially wrongfully convicted as a result of the reported Horizon scandal are supported in coming forward if they wish for their conviction to be overturned. (S6T-01726)

Scottish Parliament: Post Office Employees (Potential Wrongful Convictions) ( 9 Jan 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: By the end of 2023, only 16 people in Scotland had come forward to have their conviction overturned. There are many more people who were not convicted but for whom the false accusations severely impacted their reputation, career and mental health. The full number of victims in Scotland is not yet known. What discussion has the Scottish Government had with the Crown Office and Prosecutor...

Scottish Parliament: Post Office Employees (Potential Wrongful Convictions) ( 9 Jan 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: I was expecting an answer on whether we are liable for compensation. The Post Office has set aside £244 million in compensation for potential victims. Many victims have now died without having been able to claim the compensation or to clear their names, yet Fujitsu, the company that created the Horizon system, has not faced any financial implication and has reportedly been awarded more than...

Scottish Parliament: Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee Report: “How Devolution is Changing Post-EU” ( 9 Jan 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: I congratulate the Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee and its clerks on their substantial report. As many others have reiterated, there is unanimous support for it across the chamber, and I am glad to see that. Since the Scottish Parliament was created, in 1999, devolution has evolved significantly. Alexander Stewart spoke about devolution being “an important part...

Scottish Parliament: Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee Report: “How Devolution is Changing Post-EU” ( 9 Jan 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: I have a lot to say—sorry. Labour is the party of devolution, and we wish to see it strengthened, not undermined. The UK’s departure from the EU directly impacted on many areas of devolved competence. We wish to see the UK and Scottish Governments work together in a way that upholds and seeks to strengthen devolution. Sadly, that is not currently being demonstrated by either of the...

Scottish Parliament: Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee Report: “How Devolution is Changing Post-EU” ( 9 Jan 2024)

Foysol Choudhury: I am sorry, but I have a lot to say and I am watching the time. Acts such as the UK Internal Market Act 2020 highlight the lack of respect that the UK Conservative Government now has for devolution. I share the concern expressed by committee witnesses that the Sewel convention must be legally strengthened. As Neil Bibby highlighted, the UK Labour Party’s commission on the future of the UK...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Urban Areas) (20 Dec 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: 5. To ask the Scottish Government whether urban areas will be included in its land reform legislation. (S6O-02898)

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Urban Areas) (20 Dec 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: People owning land or a building that they are not using can severely impact urban communities, especially if the use of that land or building is not beneficial to the community. In that situation, urban communities need to be able to buy that land and use it for a purpose that will benefit communities. Will the cabinet secretary advise exactly what action the Scottish Government is taking to...

Scottish Parliament: Ukrainians in Scotland (19 Dec 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: This debate is an opportunity for us all to reaffirm our solidarity with the people of Ukraine, and it is a great honour for me to close it on behalf of the Labour Party. A concrete solution for displaced people from Ukraine in Scotland has been long awaited. In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine almost two years ago, the SNP Government promised a warm Scottish welcome for those who...

Scottish Parliament: Ukrainians in Scotland (19 Dec 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: I am tight for time, but I will take an intervention.

Scottish Parliament: Ukrainians in Scotland (19 Dec 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: I appreciate Ben Macpherson’s intervention. I had the privilege of visiting both the boats—the one in Leith and the one in Glasgow. There was a positive response, but we are talking about a long-term solution. The people who were housed on the boats had begun to build lives where they were docked. T hey built relationships, sent their children to local schools and got to know the areas....

Scottish Parliament: Ukrainians in Scotland (19 Dec 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: —to allow Ukrainian refugees to access long-term assistance, not just—

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (19 Dec 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My screen did not refresh.

Scottish Parliament: Human Rights of Asylum Seekers in Scotland (Report) (12 Dec 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: I also express my sorrow at the distressing news of the death of an individual on the Bibby Stockholm earlier today. My prayers are with their family and friends. Scotland should be a welcoming and safe place for asylum seekers. In the past few years, the UK Tory Government has created a hostile environment for those who come here seeking asylum. As my colleague Paul O’Kane noted, the UK...

Scottish Parliament: Human Rights of Asylum Seekers in Scotland (Report) (12 Dec 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: I have a lot to get through. That is why Scottish Labour supports the conclusions that were reached by the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee’s inquiry. That inquiry sent a strong message that we should be using the powers within our devolved competence to improve the lives of asylum seekers in Scotland. Integration is important to that. As Kaukab Stewart said, the...

Scottish Parliament: Arts Sector (Support) ( 6 Dec 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: The future of the Edinburgh deaf festival is at threat following the rejection of two successive bids for Creative Scotland funding. The festival has been highly praised for its success in showcasing deaf performers’ art, culture and heritage, along with Edinburgh’s festival fringe. Can the cabinet secretary outline how the Scottish Government plans to encourage both British Sign Language...

Scottish Parliament: Post-mortem Reports (Maximum Waiting Time) ( 6 Dec 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: Post-mortem scanners, which have been trialled in Lancashire, have been reported to decrease the time that is taken to receive post-mortem results and, in certain cases, to remove the need for an invasive post-mortem and the removal of organs. What discussion has the Scottish Government had with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service regarding the potential time-saving qualities of...

Scottish Parliament: Restoring Nature to Tackle Climate Change (30 Nov 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: Nature can be used as a first line of defence against the impacts of the global climate crisis, but we must not only look at protecting the existing nature and species that we have; we must also make targeted moves towards restoring what has been lost. That means ensuring that there are green spaces in urban areas. It means investing in our rural lands and nature reserves, and it means taking...


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