Results 221–234 of 234 for speaker:Mercedes Villalba

Scottish Parliament: Net Zero Nation (21 Sep 2021)

Mercedes Villalba: Sorry, Presiding Officer.

Scottish Parliament: Net Zero Nation (21 Sep 2021)

Mercedes Villalba: I thank the cabinet secretary. I am sorry if I did that wrong, Presiding Officer. On transport, the Scottish Government’s motion emphasises the need to reduce car dependency, but its current actions undermine that aim, because Scotland’s railways are set to face cuts to services that will put them at below pre-pandemic levels. Scotland’s bus network is still run for private profit and...

Scottish Parliament: North Sea Oil and Gas (15 Sep 2021)

Mercedes Villalba: With this motion, t he Scottish Tories seek to exploit workers and communities who are concerned about their future. The motion is unrealistic, lacks credibility and offers no new ideas on how we tackle the climate emergency and deliver a just transition for those most affected by climate change. In just a few weeks, Scotland is due to host COP26, and the eyes of the world will be upon us....

Scottish Parliament: Just Transition for Torry (15 Sep 2021)

Mercedes Villalba: I thank Maggie Chapman for inviting me to second the motion, and I am grateful for the opportunity to speak about the issue in the chamber. In the summer, I visited Torry, where I met campaigners from the Friends of St Fittick’s Park. As Audrey Nicoll and Maggie Chapman have already said, they should be commended for fighting to protect a community green space for all residents of Torry. It...

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Industry (Just Transition) ( 9 Sep 2021)

Mercedes Villalba: 6. To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Government is taking ahead of the 26th United Nations climate change conference of the parties—COP26—regarding the future of oil and gas exploration and securing a just transition for workers. (S6F-00228)

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Industry (Just Transition) ( 9 Sep 2021)

Mercedes Villalba: The Scottish Government cannot make the same mistakes as the Tories and leave whole communities facing unemployment. An offshore training passport would allow oil and gas workers to move freely between the offshore and onshore energy sectors. The Government should really be supporting standardisation of skills across sectors. Will the First Minister commit today to developing an offshore...

Scottish Parliament: Old Aberdeen Medical Practice (General Practitioner Services) ( 8 Sep 2021)

Mercedes Villalba: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that patients and staff at Old Aberdeen medical practice are consulted on the future provision of its GP services. (S6O-00106)

Scottish Parliament: Old Aberdeen Medical Practice (General Practitioner Services) ( 8 Sep 2021)

Mercedes Villalba: Until recently, Old Aberdeen medical practice was publicly run and it served the community well. I have met campaigners who are angry about the way that it has been put out to tender, and the previous minister ignored requests to intervene. Will the cabinet secretary agree to meet the campaigners to hear their concerns?

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2021-22 ( 8 Sep 2021)

Mercedes Villalba: When I delivered my first speech in the chamber, I was clear that I came to Parliament to fight for workers in my region and across Scotland. That fight is necessary because the lives of too many workers are constrained by the reality of our economic system, which enables a few to accumulate ever-greater wealth at the expense of the many. Workers are increasingly undervalued and faced with...

Scottish Parliament: Points of Order (24 Jun 2021)

Mercedes Villalba: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I realise that it is not possible to amend previous votes, but I would like to put it on the record that my intention was to support, not oppose, amendment 11.

Scottish Parliament: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Statistics 2019 (15 Jun 2021)

Mercedes Villalba: Today’s report shows that domestic transport was the largest source of net emissions in Scotland in 2019. More must be done to create sustainable public transport for all. It is Scottish Labour’s ambition to create a net zero, publicly owned, universal and free bus service for all, which is why we led on legislative change to lift the ban on local councils running their own bus services....

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (10 Jun 2021)

Mercedes Villalba: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I did not vote but would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Climate Emergency ( 9 Jun 2021)

Mercedes Villalba: Thank you, Presiding Officer, and congratulations on your role. I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in today’s debate on the climate emergency, because it is an issue that I care deeply about and one that is especially relevant to people in the north-east. North East Scotland is, of course, the region that I was elected to represent by people who entrusted Scottish Labour with their...

Scottish Parliament: Oaths and Affirmations (13 May 2021)

Mercedes Villalba: As a socialist and a republican, my true allegiance will always be to the people and not the Crown. However, in order to serve the people, I will make the affirmation. The member then made a solemn affirmation.


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